The Siri voice recognition service is a big hit with users of Apple’s new iPhone 4S. Now, is Amazon.com looking to counter that technology with Yap?

The CLT Blog does some digging into SEC filings and finds that Yap — which is based in Charlotte, North Carolina and previously raised $6.5 million from SunBridge Partners, Harbert Venture Partners, Pittco Capital Partners — was sold to a company by the name of Dion Acquisition Sub.

Well, that might not sound like Amazon.com. That is, until you look at the address of Dion Acquisition Sub: 410 Terry Avenue.

As The Atlantic Monthly notes, that just so happens to be one of the buildings at the new headquarters of Amazon.com.

What will be interesting to watch is whether Amazon embeds some sort of voice control into upcoming versions of the Kindle Fire tablet. At this point, the Web site for Yap said that it discontinued its Voicemail service as of October 20th.

We’ve reached out to Amazon.com for comment, and we’ll update the post if we hear more.

The terms of the deal, which closed in September, were not disclosed in the SEC filing.

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  • Guest

    Please…let’s not recycle misinformation from Techcrunch…

    If you want to compare YAP to Nuance, that’s great.  Both are speech recognition engines.

    SIRI uses Nuance for speech recognition but it is an AI algorithm that resides behind the text-in/out.  Basically, YAP has nothing to do with SIRI. So, there’s absolutely no reason for this article…other than creating headlines with “SIRI” in the title, just like Techcrunch do.

    Apple do not own Nuance, further disconnecting Amazon’s acquisition of YAP from some create-another-competition argument that doesn’t reflect reality.

    Geekwire is above this kind of filler/bait.  It’s why I deleted my bookmark to Techcrunch and added one to Geekwire.

    • johnhcook

      Well, just to be clear, we had the story up a few hours before TechCrunch, so I guess they are now recycling some of our “misinformation.” :)

      Seriously, we’re interested to see how this plays out and whether Amazon includes speech recognition technologies in their upcoming tablets. After all, I think you’ll agree that the Siri has been a very popular feature of the iPhone 4S 

      Thanks for tuning in to GeekWire. 

    • Guest

      Thanks. Didn’t even know that SIRI used Nuance as the back end.

      @ John, what about getting MS’s Tellme guy back to hear what they think of Siri/Nuance and what we might expect from them in the future? It really bothers me that everyone just automatically writes MS off when they had a soluton before Apple.

  • Guest

    Please…let’s not recycle misinformation from Techcrunch…

    If you want to compare YAP to Nuance, that’s great.  Both are speech recognition engines.

    SIRI uses Nuance for speech recognition but it is an AI algorithm that resides behind the text-in/out.  Basically, YAP has nothing to do with SIRI. So, there’s absolutely no reason for this article…other than creating headlines with “SIRI” in the title, just like Techcrunch do.

    Apple do not own Nuance, further disconnecting Amazon’s acquisition of YAP from some create-another-competition argument that doesn’t reflect reality.

    Geekwire is above this kind of filler/bait.  It’s why I deleted my bookmark to Techcrunch and added one to Geekwire.

  • Obsidian71

    I’m not sure this is a good play for Amazon who is in the same shoes as Google and Microsoft.  They all rely on either search or the use of their store to funnel revenue/profits.  Google and Microsoft moved first to downplay Siri as it wrestle control from their search to Apple.  

  • Guest

    Best of luck to Amazon with their Siri Killer! I’ve been yelling at my Kindle for years without any effect.

  • Guest

    Best of luck to Amazon with their Siri Killer! I’ve been yelling at my Kindle for years without any effect.

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