Amazon was set to purchase iRobot, the company responsible for the overwhelmingly popular Roomba line of robot vacuums. They're so popular that "Roomba" has often been used to describe all robot vacuums, much like how "Googling" is shorthand for searching the web. However, the companies have now announced that the deal is off. Despite the popularity of its vacuums, the deal falling through seems to have brought catastrophic results to iRobot, with the CEO stepping down, 350 people losing their jobs, and the company reporting a significant operating loss.

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