There are countless search systems floating around the web, but it has just been announced that Apple has purchased the app search company Chomp. This isn't a normal Apple takeover though; it looks like Apple has serious plans for the expertise it just purchased for $50 million.
Why? The current thinking is that Apple's App Store has become unwieldy. With over 500,000 apps, it's probably in need of a technical overhaul—and it makes sense to buy a start-up that's been performing so well that it already has an exclusive deal with Verizon to power all of its Android-based app searches. Expect some big changes at the iOS app store real soon. [TechCrunch and 9to5mac]