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Apple acquires personal assistant app Cue for at least $35M [u]

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Apple is said to have purchased Cue, a startup company behind a personal assistant app for iPhone which shut down just this week, AppleInsider has learned [updated with confirmation].

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An anonymous tipster claimed on Thursday that Apple is buying Cue, which was formerly known as Greplin, for between $35 million and $45 million. The startup was a Y Combinator venture capital alumnus that reportedly obtained funding from both Sequoia Capital and Index Ventures.

The source shared that although Cue never disclosed their latest funding round, the company allegedly raised $10 million from Index Ventures. The information provided could not be independently verified, and Apple declined to comment.

Update: Later on Thursday, TechCrunch independently confirmed that Cue has in fact been purchased by Apple. They were told that the price tag for the company could be between $50 million and $60 million. Apple affirmed the acquisition, but as usual declined to offer specifics.Cue's functionality was much like that of Google Now or Apple's new iOS 7 contextual notifications, though it debuted before both of those services.

AppleInsider was previously tipped in mid-September by another person who claimed at the time that Apple was in talks to acquire Cue.

Cue announced to its users on Tuesday that the service is shutting down and is no longer available. Cue Premium users who bought a paid subscription, either through official iOS app or the company's website, will receive a prorated refund.

"We apologize for any inconvenience this might cause you," the company said. "It's been an incredible journey that wouldn't have been possible without your loyal support."

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Cue's iPhone app, before the service was shut down. Screenshot via Blue Wheel Media.


Cue's functionality was much like that of Google Now or Apple's new iOS 7 contextual notifications, though it debuted before both of those services.

Originally founded as Greplin, the company would index content from social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter, as well as pulling data from Gmail. For example, a single search for "Jim" would surface contacts from the user's LinkedIn account, emails from Gmail, and documents from Dropbox.

The company transitioned in 2012 to become Cue, and offered a personal assistant application for Apple's iOS that would automatically turn data such as flight or restaurant reservations into a daily agenda. Cue would accomplish this by collating and indexing a user's contacts, files, and emails, then display important and timely information. The company was founded by entrepreneurs Daniel Gross and Robby Walker.

Cue was formerly run by Greg McAdoo, who was also previously associated with Bump, a company acquired by Google earlier this year for at least $30 million. McAdoo has since moved on to become a venture capitalist at Sequoia Capital.
post #2 of 14

Your news gets around quick : )

 

why don't these guys link back to you? 

 

http://finance.yahoo.com/news/apple-rumored-buy-personal-assistant-181655686.html 

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Was never a fan of Cue in the couple of times I tried it. 

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post #4 of 14

CueCat is coming back?

Oh, joy.

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So, Cue bought Cue? Or was there a patent lawsuit settlement?

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post #6 of 14
Has great capabilities. I use TripIt currently, but it's clunky as I have to forward flight, car, hotel, etc. reservations to them and then they update it in the App. Apple can take this and make it very beneficial for us traveling/business types.

Siri is going to be unstoppable...

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post #7 of 14
Good story. Thank Cue very much.
post #8 of 14
I see them integrating this into notification center's today view. I really like their graphical treatment for concerts and flights.
The current notification center implementation is too text heavy.
post #9 of 14
Anyone remember People, Places, and Things from Newton? This looks like the love child.
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At first I thought the "Cue logo" had the letter U underlined. Then I noticed the underline wasn't straight, it was more like a smiley face. But not a very happy smiley. More like someone who knows something that you don't. An evil smile. Somebody who's about to do you in.
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Siri is going to be unstoppable...

Not 'til she can talk dirty to me in her alternate voice.

Which brings up the question: Any one get the voice thing where she has alternate voices?? My iPhone 5 doesn't have it.
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Looks nice, as long as they can implement it somehow with the proper privacy provisions.  If I wanted my personal data sucked up for advertising I would have bought a Google phone.

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Which brings up the question: Any one get the voice thing where she has alternate voices?? My iPhone 5 doesn't have it.

Alternate voice? On my 5 she has a *better* voice. And a male counterpart too. Is that what you mean?
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Not 'til she can talk dirty to me in her alternate voice.

Which brings up the question: Any one get the voice thing where she has alternate voices?? My iPhone 5 doesn't have it.

Seems to depend on your country settings. In the UK, Siri still has only one voice.
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