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NBA launches a bot to give you instant highlights from the Finals

To get you all psyched up for this year’s finals, the NBA just launched a Facebook Messenger chatbot that offers basketball aficionados an easy and convenient way to watch on-demand highlights of their favorite team or player.<p>For now, the NBA bot will have only a limited capacity to show you …

Basketball

Why China’s Biggest App Has Sputtered Everywhere Else

Tencent’s effort to promote WeChat around the globe reflects mistakes that many app makers make as they go overseas.<p>Last week, my colleague Steven Millward wrote an excellent piece about China’s most popular social app, WeChat and how, despite the money owner Tencent poured into marketing via stars …

Would you trust a bot? Conversational commerce depends on it

Messaging is huge, so it’s no wonder more brands are looking to join the conversation. Around 75% of the world’s Internet users use messaging services. In markets like Asia, consumers not only chat with friends and family members, they also connect with businesses, consume content, shop, and get …

Chatbots

Machine Learning Is Redefining The Enterprise In 2016

<b>Bottom line:</b> Machine learning is providing the needed algorithms, applications, and frameworks to bring greater predictive accuracy and value to enterprises’ data, leading to diverse company-wide strategies succeeding faster and more profitably than before.<p><b>Industries Where Machine Learning Is</b> …

Machine Learning

Which billion-dollar 'unicorn' startups are at most risk of dying? Here's what some data suggests ...

A unicorn is a term used to describe a startup worth $1 billion or more. Like the fictional animal, unicorn companies are supposed to be rare and magical.<p>Lately, tech's unicorns have become rather common. Last month, the Wall Street Journal compiled its own "billion-dollar club" — a list of 78 …

Venture Capital

Forget Apple and Google, Disney has already mastered wearable tech

Heading to Disney World? You'll want a MagicBand - Disney's own wearable tech that provides access to just about everything in the park - and your hotel room. You can even tap to pay - which Disney is really hoping you'll do.<p><i>Produced by Matthew Stuart</i><p><b>Follow BI Video:</b>On Facebook

Wearable Tech

This Startup Wants To Help Readers Fact-Check Every Detail In An Article

A crowdsourced annotation platform, Genius originally let users analyze rap lyrics. In recent months, the startup has broadened its horizons, letting users annotate everything from literature and poetry to legal documents.<p>Interestingly, Genius also lets you put genius.com in front of any URL so you …

Fact Checking

I Tried The Mysterious Gadget That Can Change Your Mood In 15 Minutes, And It Worked

That's why I was particularly interested to see startup Thync's demo.<p>The company's pitch sounded like any CES attendee's dream: a gadget that can magically alter your mood to make you feel relaxed and calm or energized and focused.<p>I had no idea what to expect.<p>Back in October when the company …

Wearable Tech

18 of your favorite Chinese startup stories in 2014

The <i>Tech in Asia</i> team wrote about 200 articles about China-based startups during the course of 2014, so we thought it’d be fun to look into which of …

Urban Massage Lands On iOS As Same-Hour Massage Booking Becomes A Thing — Apparently

The ‘Uber for X’ startup pitch is becoming nearly as ubiquitous as the smartphones that power these mobile-enabled on-demand services. It’s starting to feel like there’s an Uber for everything, from travel, local delivery, to doctors, dog walking, and even drugs. But, putting to one side the …

Palantir’s Cofounder Is Betting On This Startup To Solve The Most Annoying Problem Restaurant Owners Face

Typically, restaurants deal with tens, if not hundreds, of different suppliers. For example, they would have four different meat suppliers, another three different vegetable suppliers, a couple bakeries, a separate beverage supplier, and even a dish-washing supplier.<p>This makes it extremely …

Startups

A New Gossip App Called 'Streetchat' Has Teens Throwing Up Their Hands: 'What The Heck Is Wrong With Us?'

The app lets students at high schools and colleges anonymously post photos and captions about anyone they want — from anywhere they want.<p>The app's terms and conditions say the users can't post illegal content, but it also says the app doesn't monitor content.<p>This is similar to YikYak, an anonymous …

Steve Jobs' 14 Most Inspiring Quotes

With a life as storied as he had, it's no wonder that Steve Jobs is remembered not only for running an incredibly successful company, but for being tremendously outspoken.<p>He seemingly had an opinion on everything, and his thoughts often echoed his obsessive commitment to quality at Apple, whether …

ANOTHER TOP INVESTOR SOUNDS THE ALARM: When The Market Turns, A Bunch Of Startups Are Going To 'Vaporize'

The so-called startup burn rate conversation was sparked by Benchmark's Bill Gurley, who recently told The Wall Street Journal that "Silicon Valley as a whole ... is taking on an excessive amount of risk right now." He believes startups are burning a dangerous amount of cash — an amount that …

Venture Capital

Stock Market Crash

MPI/Getty Images<p>For the past year, I have been worrying out loud about US stock valuations and suggesting that a decline of 40% to 50% would not be a surprise.<p>I haven't <i>predicted</i> a drop like this, though I certainly think one is possible. I also haven't made a specific timing call: I have no idea …

Stock Markets

Eventbrite's New App Is An All-In-One Solution For Event Organizers

It's called Neon, and it's designed to let organizers track and manage events right from their phones.<p>By shrinking down everything you'd find in a box office into a single mobile application, Neon can help event planners sell and scan tickets, check people in using their ID, issue refunds, print …

Box Office

Adobe buys photo editing startup Aviary

Adobe has acquired popular photo-editing toolkit Aviary for an undisclosed amount, the companies announced today.<p>Aviary provides developers (and outside companies like Yahoo) with a set of photo-editing tools they can build into their own apps, and that’s exactly why Adobe wants it. “The …

SAME-DAY DELIVERY: E-Commerce Giants Are Battling To Own The 'Last Mile'

Companies like Google, Amazon, eBay, and Uber are operating and expanding services that allow shoppers to order something online and have it that same day, without ever leaving home.<p>If they manage it, despite the expense and complexities involved in delivering over the "last mile," these companies …

The Key Differences Between Alibaba And Amazon In One Chart

China's Alibaba Group is becoming a serious threat to Amazon.<p>The e-commerce giant made its market debut Friday in one of the largest public offerings of all time. The IPO was priced at $68 per share, giving Alibaba an initial market value of about $168 billion. That exceeds Amazon's market …

eCommerce

Peter Thiel, Marc Andreessen, And Marissa Mayer Want To Teach You 'How To Start A Startup'

The 20-session course will be taught at Stanford within its computer science department. But all videos, reading materials, and assignments will be posted online on Altman's website, so anyone can follow the class content for free.<p>Altman, Y Combinator's president, will teach the first two sessions. …

Peter Thiel

Facebook Is Hiding Important Information From Investors

On July 23, when Facebook reported its earnings for the second quarter, the company stunned everyone.<p>Revenues were $2.68 billion, up 67% from the same quarter during the year before.<p>Even better, 62% of those revenues came from the sale of mobile ads, a business Facebook didn't enter until 2012, …

Advertising

All The Ways Your Kids Can Now Customize Their Toys

Kids used to have a fairly limited choice when buying their own My Little Pony. No more. Imagine getting to decide exactly what color your pony's hair is. Or what the saddle looks like. Now kids can customize their own unique toy, thanks to the innovations of 3D printing.<p>The toy industry is among …

3D Printing

New York City’s World-Famous Metropolitan Museum of Art Has A Snazzy New App

But Sree Sreenivasan, chief digital officer at the Met, is out to change that.<p>"Everyone has their own impression of what a museum is like, what art is like, but there is so much going on here that people may not know about," Sreenivasan told Business Insider.<p>Sreenivasan is leading the museum's …

19 Apps We Can't Live Without

Here at Business Insider, we use apps every day, whether for getting our work done, staying up-to-date on the news, or making the most of our precious downtime.<p>We've rounded up some of our favorites here.

Apps

Tripcast Is A Beautiful Travel Journal For Your Smartphone

A new mobile application called Tripcast, built by the team that created photo-sharing app Cluster, allows travelers to privately share their photos with their friends back home. The app lets you create a travel journal of sorts, by not only collecting the photos and sharing them, but also plotting …

Snapchat lets you watch and create group videos of live events with 'Our Story'

New feature creates collections of photos and videos from people attending the same live event, like the World Cup and Electric Daisy Carnival<p>Snapchat isn't just for sharing slices of your life with your friends anymore. A new feature called "Our Story" has begun rolling out to all users today, …

The New Yelp? A Million People Are Using This App To Find Restaurants And Fun In Their Hometowns

Gogobot was born as a way to help you plan your vacation using your social networks. It taps your friends for recommendations for places to stay or eat, things to do. It also helps you build a network of like-minded travel peeps, people looking for outdoor adventure, shoestring travel, great places …

This Is What It Feels Like When Google Buys Your Startup

At age 23, he invented song-sharing site Songza, bought by Google last month for an undisclosed sum. Raskin wasn't involved in Songza at the time. He sold it back in 2008 to Amazon-backed Amie Street.<p>But he had been creating cool things long before that. When he was 20, he built a human interface …

Samsung Is In Talks To Pay ~$200 Million For Smart Home Startup SmartThings

We don't know the price, but Alexia Tsotsis of TechCrunch, who was the first to report the news, says it could be about $200 million.<p>We've also heard SmartThings has been in acquisition talks with other companies for some time now, but Samsung appears to be the closest to scooping up the …