Apple buys out machine learning firm Tuplejump

 Apple has bought out Tuplejump, its third machine learning acquisition in the space of a year, a report said on Thursday. “Apple buys smaller technology companies from time to time, and we generally do not discuss our purpose or plans,” a spokesperson said in a boilerplate statement to TechCrunch. The terms of the acquisition are unknown, as is Apple’s exact motivation.Citing rumors, though, TechCrunch said that Apple was most interested in FiloDB, an open-source project applying machine learning — including analytics — to large quantities of incoming data. That project is expected to live on independently past Tuplejump’s acquisition, since it already has its own repository and it’s been recently updated.Apple has made significant investments in machine learning, not only buying Perceptio in 2015 and Turi earlier this year, but…


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