Apple Inc. could be in the hunt to acquire Vivotech Inc., a Santa Clara, Calif.-based company specializing in contactless payments, Bloomberg News reported today.

Bloomberg attributed Vivotech’s appeal to Apple to Will Stofega, an analyst with IDC, a research unit of Framingham, Mass.-based International Data Group. Apple’s recent patent filings could signal future acquisition activity, Stofega says (see story).

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