Another app company and some of its employees may have quietly joined the Apple family.
Particle specializes in Web applications and HTML 5 marketing projects, which aligns with Apple's vision: The company has been pushing for more HTML 5 use since Steve Jobs dismissed Adobe Flash from Apple mobile devices more than two years ago. HTML 5 is the markup language for designing Web pages.
"We heart HTML5," the Particle website says. "We embrace and extend the coming wave of standards-based user interface technology."
Singer and actor Justin Timberlake has been the lead investor in Particle, whose clients have included Google, Disney, Motorola, Amazon, Yahoo and Sony. Its website says the company also has "great relationships with Apple," which includes consulting work by one of the company's founders, Aubrey Anderson.