Apple Earth? Apple acquires Quebec City's Poly9

by Rob Lewis

Google has Google Earth. Could Apple have an ‘Apple Earth’ in the works?

Rumors are swirling this afternoon that Apple has purchased Quebec City-based mapping startup Poly9.

Poly9, founded in 2005 and headquartered in Quebec City, offers a web-based 3D mapping service similar to Google Earth. Over the last few years it has been used by such notable clients as Skype and NORAD’s Santa Tracker.

This morning reported that the company was recently sold to Apple, with most of its small staff already relocated to Apple’s headquarters in Cupertino, California. No official announcement of the sale has been made by Apple or Poly9... yet.

Apple currently uses Google Maps as the default mapping app on its mobile hardware. Given the widening rift between Apple and Google, it wouldn't be a shock to learn that Steve Jobs' team is building a homegrown alternative to Google's software.

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Rob Lewis

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Rob is the President of Techvibes Media and Editor-in-Chief of  His diverse background includes stints in International Trade Finance, Web Development, and Enterprise Software and he is a graduate of the University of British Columbia, British Columbia Institute of Technology, and Simon Fraser University. When not running Canada's leading technology media property, Rob can be... more

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