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Nuance Quietly Snaps Up Noterize, an iPhone Note-Taking App

Voice software specialist Nuance has quietly acquired the technology behind Noterize, an iOS note-taking app. The deal is fueling speculation on what sorts of new voice-powered document technology the company might have in mind.

A Nuance representative confirmed that the company acquired the source code for the product — but not the staff behind Noterize — back in March. Because the acquisition was a small one, Nuance said it did not announce the deal at the time.

The deal finally attracted notice more recently, after the app was pulled down from the iTunes store. The program’s Web site confirmed the acqusition and directed all inquiries to Nuance.

“Because of the acquisition of the code, Nuance must re-submit the application for approval by Apple,” the Nuance representative said. “Nuance is updating the copyright information as well as the support contacts in the app and we’ll repost the app once this is complete.”

Over time, Nuance said it plans to also integrate the technology into its product lineup.

“We’re integrating the Notarize source code now into our Document Imaging portfolio and we’ll have more details about our mobile solutions for document imaging in the near future,” the representative said.

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