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What: Nuance Communications
So what: Nuance's suite of products includes voice control and text-to-speech for mobile devices. Adding such capabilities to mobile products such as the iPhone and iPad could help Apple compete with Research In Motion
Now what: A story in TechCrunch last Friday stated that Nuance and Apple have been negotiating a deal for months, but the nature of the deal was unknown. It could be an agreement for Nuance to sell products or license technology to Apple. Nuance's $6.5 billion market cap makes it significantly larger than any company Apple has acquired, making some think an acquisition is unlikely.
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