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Apple Acquires Matcha

Acquisitions_CLAW_380Earlier this summer, video-discovery outfit Matcha disappeared without explanation, leaving behind just a “this service is no longer available” message as a monument to its effort to create a social TV and movie recommendation engine. Now it’s clear why: The company had been acquired by Apple.

A spokesman for Apple confirmed the deal to AllThingsD. A purchase price couldn’t be learned at this time, though VentureBeat, which first reported the deal, says it’s valued at between $1 million and $1.5 million.

Matcha is the latest in a string of recent small acquisitions by Apple, which include crowdsourced location-data company Locationary and online transit-navigation app maker HopStop.

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December 30, 2013 at 6:49 am PT

2013 Was a Good Year for Chromebooks

December 29, 2013 at 2:12 pm PT

BlackBerry Pulls Latest Twitter for BB10 Update

December 29, 2013 at 5:58 am PT

Apple CEO Tim Cook Made $4.25 Million This Year

December 28, 2013 at 12:05 pm PT

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— From the fact sheet for a fake product entitled Useless Plasticbox 1.2 (an actual empty plastic box) placed in L.A.-area Best Buy stores by an artist called Plastic Jesus