9to5 Mac: Apple likely bought mapping, online note-taking startups

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A source close to Apple's (AAPL +3.1%) M&A process tells 9to5 Mac Apple has acquired BroadMap, a startup that provides a variety of tools for creating maps, as well as aggregating, analyzing, and managing mapping/location data.

9to5 Mac observes BroadMap CEO Daniel Perrone's LinkedIn page says his company was acquired by a "Fortune 5" firm to "support their digital mapping efforts," and that nearly every BroadMap exec is now an Apple employee (according to their LinkedIn pages).

Meanwhile, sources tell the site the majority of employees once working for startup Catch are now working for Apple. Catch developed an online/mobile note-taking app that competed against the wildly popular Evernote.

Catch had 3.5M users before being acquired by an unnamed buyer over the summer. 9to5 Mac points out the startup's apps and services could complement both Siri (voice-based note-taking and reminders) and iCloud.

Apple has already made a string of mapping-related acquisitions, as it makes an all-out push to improve Apple Maps' quality following a very rough 2012 debut. The acquisition list includes HopStop, Embark, Locationary, and WiFiSlam.

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Update: AllThingsD's sources state Apple has bought BroadMap and Catch.