Apple is continuing to add to its team of machine learning experts in Cupertino. TechCrunch reports that Apple has acquired Tuplejump, which describes itself as a service that "presents all your data in a familiar format" on their now-removed website. Apple buys smaller technology companies from time to time, and we generally do not discuss our purpose or plans. The report notes that Tuplejump is based in part in India as well as the United States and doesn't disclose the terms of the acquisition. We're hearing that Apple was particularly interested in "FiloDB", an opensource project that Tuplejump was building to efficiently apply machine learning concepts and analytics to massive amounts of complex data right as it streamed in.
Apple is considering a significant investment in the radio group iHeartMedia, the Financial Times reported Thursday. That could reportedly mean a multi-million dollar equity stake or marketing partnership. But the deal is not finalized. SEE ALSO: Apple Music's new Top 100 charts cover the entire planet It filed for bankruptcy in March of this year. Apple has been beefing up its own music business, Apple Music, recently.
The European Commission is launching an "in-depth" investigation into Apple's proposed acquisition of music recognition app Shazam. The Commission's primary concern is that Shazam would give Apple access to commercially sensitive data about the customers of its competitors in the European Economic Area. With that data, the Commission posits, Apple might be able to directly target its competitors' customers and lure them over to Apple Music. "As a result, competing music streaming services could be put at a competitive disadvantage," according to the EC press release. Meanwhile, the Commission is also looking into whether Apple Music's competitors would be harmed if Shazam only referred potential new customers back to Apple, rather than to Apple Music rivals like Spotify and Deezer.
Wall Street is looking into an Apple-Disney merger, a note by RBC Capital Markets analysts obtained by Variety indicates. The analysts say Apple has the money to take over Disney, and such a merger would create a company worth $1 trillion with "almost limitless opportunities in content and technology." Although it's all speculation at this point, analysts say it could happen. "Recently, investors have increased their expectations that Apple could seriously consider acquiring Disney," analysts Steven Cahall and Leo Kulp wrote in the note. Apple could repatriate $200 billion from overseas to take over Disney -- with the help of tax proposals from the Trump administration.
Unlike with many buyouts, Apple isn't planning to shut Workflow down right away. The app is not only sticking around the App Store, but is now free. We wouldn't count on it lasting forever (Apple eventually shut down HopStop, for instance), but Apple won't necessarily disrupt your life for the sake of its long-term plans. Neither Apple nor Workflow has outlined what they might do together, but there are a number of possibilities. On a basic level, it hints at the chance of built-in automation for some tasks in iOS -- you might just tap a button to accomplish a number of tasks.