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I've seen "Apple should acquire this big company" articles many, many times. They're a dime a dozen, and they have as much impact as "Apple should build this or that product" (e.g. Apple television, iCar) or "Apple should stop making the Mac/iPod/etc.". The big companies aren't purchased, the new products aren't made, and the suggestions by this or that pundit or analyst are forgotten. S'funny how the analysts still have their jobs after so many failed prognostications, but that's not news to anyone here.

A list of Apple mergers and acquisitions is at, and it seems to me that Apple's acquisitions are carefully geared toward inclusion with or enhancement of existing products, rather than acquiring entirely new and ludicrously large and unwieldy businesses (e.g. car manufacturers and media conglomerates).

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