Amazon Buys Text-to-Speech Software Company IVONA

Amazon.com said on Thursday it acquired text-to-speech technology company IVONA Software, a sign that the world’s largest internet retailer may be looking to develop more services similar to Apple’s voice-based search product Siri. An Amazon spokeswoman declined to say how much the company paid for IVONA. IVONA’s technology already supports several features on Amazon’s Kindle Fire tablet computers, such as text-to-speech, said Dave Limp, who oversees the Kindle business.

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