Stock of Amazon.com, the Seattle-based online retailer, jumped 2.1 percent Thursday to $273.62. The company announced that it was acquiring Ivona Software, a text-to-speech technology company.
Ivona technologies power the Text-to-Speech Voice Guide and Explore by Touch features on Kindle Fire tablets. Additionally, Ivona delivers text-to-speech products and services for thousands of customers around the world. “We are all thrilled that Amazon is supporting our growth so that we can continue to innovate and deliver exceptional voice and language support for our customers,” Lukasz Osowski, CEO and co-founder of Ivona, said Thursday in a news release.