MacDailyNews has dug up a report from Le Soleil, a French-Canadian newspaper, that claims Apple has bought Poly9, a web mapping firm. In recent years, especially, Poly9 has given birth to programming interfaces (APIs) for several large clients such as Apple, Microsoft, Yahoo, MSNBC and NORAD. Poly9 based in part on the base maps of […]
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Apple Buys Poly9, a Web Mapping Company

MacDailyNews has dug up a report from Le Soleil, a French-Canadian newspaper, that claims Apple has bought Poly9, a web mapping firm.

In recent years, especially, Poly9 has given birth to programming interfaces (APIs) for several large clients such as Apple, Microsoft, Yahoo, MSNBC and NORAD. Poly9 based in part on the base maps of Google Earth, Google Maps, MapQuest, of Platial, Urban Mapping and many others to give birth to its applications.

The report goes on to say that the majority of Poly9’s employees have already relocated to Apple HQ in Cupertino, California. Neither Apple nor Poly9 would comment on the acquisition, and Poly9’s website is now blank. Everything has gone silent.

Nevertheless, observers of the computing scene contacted Tuesday by The Sun were not surprised to learn of the transaction. “Apple has made a very good move by acquiring these agile Web ninjas”, said the magazine editor-Media.com’s Baliza Luc Vaillancourt.

According to him, Poly9 employees were recognized in the industry first for their talents and creativity without limits. “These guys are virtuosos who can work on projects of very high flying in the Web universe. Apple has put its hand on Quebec’s high-quality brains,” he added.

Apple also bought Placebase, another web mapping company, last year. This sparked rumors that Apple would soon be dropping Google Maps from their applications. This of course, hasn’t happened yet.

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