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Apple pays $200m for machine-learning start-up Turi

Steve Rogerson
August 11, 2016
Apple has bought machine-learning start-up Turi for an estimated $200m. The Seattle-based company was previously known as Dato.
This is Apple’s third purchase of an artificial intelligence based company in a year, following the acquisitions of Perceptio and Vocal IQ.
Built for developers and data people, Turi’s machine learning platform is said to enable rapid development, simple deployment and robust management of real-time services and applications that use machine learning.
It is said to allow the implementation of most machine learning models. It can be deployed ad-hoc on a single machine, distributed batch jobs or real-time services; the same code just scales.
Users can integrate their favourite libraries or implement new algorithms.
The acquisition, which has not been confirmed by either Apple or Turi, was first reported by GeekWire, which said this was also part of Apple’s plan to increase its presence in the Seattle area where it has been building engineering facilities.
When GeekWire contacted Apple about the acquisition, the company responded with a standard statement saying it did not generally discuss its plans when it purchased smaller technology companies.