California: If reports from a French-Canadian website cyberpresse.ca are to be believed, Apple has bought Poly9, a Qubec City-based mapping software firm.
The report was cited by AppleInsider on Wednesday. It says that Apple has not only bought Poly9 but also has moved majority of workers to California. Usually the companies that get bought out post a note on their websites but Poly9’s site has been offline since morning. Apple officials have not confirmed the report so far. Poly9 Group Inc. made software to produce online and offline maps, including a 3D mapping tool similar to Google Earth and Mapspread, which allows users to build custom maps from layers of spreadsheet data. Poly9 also makes Poly9 Globe, a 3D browser-based geolocation tool used by a number of tech firms, including Sanyo, Skype, and LinkedIn, according to the company. Poly9 has also developed application programming interfaces for Apple, Microsoft, Yahoo, and other large corporations. The company also made a product called Polyvox for web-based voice applications and services such as one that provided driving directions by phone.If the reports are true then Poly9 would be the second company that’s been purchased by Apple in the last past 10 months. In October last year, Apple bought Placebase, a company that produced a map applications programming interface called Pushpin and offered a mapping service similar to Google Maps.