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Apple snaps up US note-taking app Catch, digital mapping firm BroadMap -report

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December 23
8:28 PM 2013

Apple Inc reportedly acquired note-taking app Catch back in July, according to 9to5Mac. The same source also said that the tech giant also acquired digital mapping firm BroadMap this year, wrote TechCrunch.

The BroadMap deal appears to be more complicated. The company says it is still an entity separate from Apple. However, LinkedIn profiles reveal that at least seven of the firm's employees have moved to Apple, and all of them left around March this year, the report said.

James Fee, specialist and blogger at Geographic Information Systems, said BroadMap indeed lost its IP and executive talent to Apple, but it still exists as a separate entity. The company's website says it licensed the tech that it sold to Apple and resold that to existing clients including Nokia, MapQuest, and Nielsen, the report detailed.

As for Catch, 9to5Mac says it is presently building an iOs software. Prior to shutting down, the firm had released an enterprise collaboration tool which could help Apple in its market push, TechCrunch reported.

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