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Heh! Of course, I had to chime in, given the fairly implausible nature of many of the suggestions.. Wired had a little article noting Apple's sitting on a $25b cash pile these days, and posited possible acquisitions, inviting readers to suggest their own.

So.. can you guess which was mine?

FWIW, I'd be surprised if they made any large purchases, even with the current financial climate favoring buyers - it's not something the company tends to indulge in, preferring mostly quite specific pickups like the app that became iTunes, or Raycer, whose low power 3D graphics expertise likely found its way into the iPhone.
 
 
 
 
 
 
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I believe they sold off the last of theirs around 2004. It was non-voting stock anyway, so not something they could use to directly influence the company. The origins of the purchase aren't public, but seemed to've arisen from a legal settlement between the companies over a case Apple brought against Microsoft. (Ah, no.. much earlier than that! Seems they sold AAPL in two blocks, in 2000 and 2001 (down in the comments), making a handsome profit on it)

Hmm. With Jobs eventually leaving the company, maybe they'll run a Wonka style competition to take over the reigns. =:D