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What happened to Olivetti

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What happened to Olivetti

Olivetti began as an Italian typewriter manufacturer in 1908, debuting its first model, the Olivetti M1 (pictured) in 1911. The company was famous for its industrial design and went on to produce a range of personal computers.

According to its entry on Wikipedia, Luxembourg-based Bell acquired a controlling stake in Olivetti in 1999, but sold it to a consortium including the Pirelli and Benetton groups two years later. In 2003 Olivetti was absorbed into the Telecom Italia group.

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