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The apparent purchase of PlaceBase may explain why Apple required Google Latitude to be a Web-based app and not a native iPhone app.
Company has reportedly been working on its own Maps service for the next version of its iOS platform, meaning it might kick Google Maps off the operating system.
Apple will drop Google Maps for the next incarnation of its mobile OS, and use its own 3D alternative.
Apple has reportedly acquired Canada-based Poly9 and moved the majority of its employees to California. It would be the second mapping company that Apple has purchased in less than a year.
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Apple has reportedly acquired a 3D mapping company, hinting it could be moving from Google Maps to its own version of the tech.
Apple's third acquisition of a mapping company has reportedly been confirmed. The buyout raises tantalizing questions about the possibility of a cartographic confection as delicious in its vividness as Apple voice-assistant Siri is snappy and sly in her query responses.
Don't call it data porn.
The company rumored to be the maker of the chip inside the iPad has been acquired by Apple. It's Apple's fourth acquisition since last fall.
A patent filed for a social-networking service called iGroups would allow iPhone and other mobile-device users to stay in touch and share location updates.