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Apple buys Poly9 of Google Earth-like Poly9 Globe

Apple acquired 3D map making company Poly9. Apple’s earlier grab of Google Maps competitor Placebase, together with the Poly9 deal, possibly indicating the company has plans to enter the competitive online mapping sector with an entry of its own. “Poly9’s signature technology is a web-based 3D globe built on Javascript. One of its advantages is that it’s an extremely small download — about 303kb — which allows it to load quickly.”

Its clients still appear to be using its technology, suggesting the company isn’t completely defunct. Apple was a client, as was Microsoft, Yahoo, MSNBC, and even NORAD — who used Poly9’s globe to do its popular Santa Tracker service.

Apple nor Poly9 have responded to confirm the acquisition.


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