Amazon is buying Roomba vacuum maker iRobot for $1.7 billion

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An iRobot Terra lawn mower is shown in Bedford, Mass., on Jan. 16, 2019. Amazon on Friday announced an agreement to acquire iRobot for approximately $1.7 billion. iRobot sells its robots worldwide and is most famous for the circular-shaped Roomba vacuum. Elise Amendola/AP

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NEW YORK — Amazon on Friday announced it has agreed to acquire the vacuum cleaner maker iRobot for approximately $1.7 billion, scooping up another company to add to its collection of smart home appliances amid broader concerns about its

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