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Acer May Buy Software Maker to Boost Appeal, Chairman Says

Acer Inc.’s chairman said he’s close to deciding whether to buy a software developer that would boost the appeal of its products as Taiwan’s biggest computer maker seeks to revive investor confidence and earnings growth.

The company has narrowed the search to one to two overseas candidates, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer J.T. Wang said. It’s seeking a software developer that would help make Acer’s personal computers, smartphones and tablets more compatible with each other, he said, declining to provide details such as names or how much it’s prepared to spend.