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Microsoft launches bot engine and language understanding services out of beta

Two of Microsoft’s key pre-built AI services for developers were made generally available today, so that it’s easier for businesses to build chatbots and other services that use language understanding.<p>Azure Bot Service and the Language Understanding Intelligent Service (LUIS) are both generally …

Chatbots

Wawllet is a blockchain-powered multi-asset wallet and personal finance passport

Blockchain technology is always grabbing the headlines, especially when it comes to cryptocurrencies. But bringing the crypto and fiat currency worlds together still remains a fairly technical exploit, out of reach for regular consumers.<p>Today, Wawllet has announced its plans to develop what it …

FinTech

Flowspace is AWS for warehouses

Got too much Internet traffic? Get servers on-demand from Amazon Web Services. Got too many pallets of physical goods? Well now you can get on-demand warehousing from Flowspace. The startup aims to become the next critical logistics service by making atoms as easy to store and ship as bits.<p>“We want …

Startups

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Uber now lets you share your real-time location with drivers to help them find you

Uber has announced a number of new updates today as it looks to help drivers and riders find each other on busy thoroughfares and junctions.<p>With live location sharing, riders are able to opt-in and share their real-time location with drivers. This may be helpful in particularly busy locations or …

Uber

Missed MarTech Boston? Watch the full opening keynote sessions now

Last month, we had an incredibly energetic audience of 1,600 professionals at the intersection of marketing, technology, and management at our <b>MarTech</b> …

Boston

Bots and AI Will Drive a Second Wave of Fragmentation and Disruption [2017]

<i>[2017 update of the</i> <i>post</i> <i>published in 2016]</i><p>Chat applications are becoming a mainstream trend and our preferred way of interacting with colleagues, …

Chatbots

The real danger of Artificial Intelligence it’s not what you think

On November 8th to 10th, I attended the <b>Global Symposium: Artificial Intelligence & Inclusion</b>. There were almost 200 participants, invited from all …

Artificial Intelligence

Ink raises $7M to make printing on college campuses less painful

Ink, a Nebraska-based startup focused on revamping on-campus printing, has raised $7M from VTF Capital, SQN Venture Partners, Invest Nebraska and NE Angeles. This brings total funding to $15M, with previous participation from advisors Tony Hsieh of Zappos and Greg Silverman of Warner Brothers.<p>If …

AdTheorent introduces a 'cost per incremental visit' model for offline foot traffic

The company charges a negotiated flat fee for each visitor who wouldn't have come in without the ad exposure.

Marketing

A startup called June20 puts iPads on rails to bring online into physical stores

The patent-pending solution reads QR codes for products in an aisle and can transmit a URL to the customer’s phone.

The Rising Stakes in SaaS

Last week, I participated in two discussions about the changes in the SaaS world. I believe they are fundamental. The most important force shaping …

SaaS

Blockchain Project Ecosystem

Market Map and Musings on the State of the Ecosystem<p>As I previously wrote about in my ICO Bubble post, blockchain technology, cryptocurrencies, and …

Bitcoin

Social commerce startup Meesho gets $3.4M Series A to build a reseller network in India

While most of the attention paid to India’s e-commerce boom focuses on big players like Flipkart, there’s another fast-growing sector: people, mostly women, who resell items on social media. Several startups now exist to serve the so-called “housewife reseller” market. One of them, Y Combinator …

AI-powered facial recognition will soon track us while we shop

You’re at an electronics store. You check out a few TVs and head home after being scanned by store cameras. This data is then cross-referenced with other databases that already contain your facial data. Your face is now the epicenter of a retargeting campaign. For instance, your camera-equipped …

Advertising

Accelerating fintech in China

Saturday night on a Shenzhen street corner, a young guitarist dressed in Johnny Cash black strums away, singing melodies. His open guitar case has a laminated QR reader, propped up, welcoming digital tips from passersby.<p>China’s expeditious adoption of fintech is generating profits not only for …

Jeff Koons’ augmented reality Snapchat artwork gets ‘vandalized’

Earlier this week, Snapchat launched a new augmented reality art exhibiting feature as part of a collaboration with the artist Jeff Koons. ART, as it’s called, will plaster the digital artwork and sculptures of artists into geo-tagged physical locations across the world that viewers can see as a …

Augmented Reality

Here’s everything Google announced today

1/13<p>Google Home Mini<p>If you like the idea of the Google Home but don’t like its oh-so-air-freshener-esque design: meet the Google Home Mini.<p>It’s about the size of a donut, but seems to do pretty much everything its bigger brother does. It’s almost entirely wrapped in fabric, with Home’s indicator …

Google

Google’s jobs AI service hits private beta, now works in 100 languages

Google today announced the beta release of its Cloud Job Discovery service, which uses artificial intelligence to help customers connect job vacancies with the people who can fill them.<p>Formerly known as the Cloud Jobs API, the system is designed to take information about open positions and help job …

Employment

Managed By Q, the office management system, acquires Hivy

Managed by Q, the platform that helps office managers handle day-to-day operations, has made its first acquisition, picking up Y Combinator graduates Hivy for an undisclosed amount.<p>Managed By Q lets office managers book cleanings, handy work, IT help, and order office supplies thanks to a …

Workplace, Facebook’s enterprise edition, snaps up Walmart as a customer

Workplace — Facebook’s bid to take on the Slack, Microsoft and the rest of the players in the market of business chat and collaboration — is getting a big push today by way of a significant customer win. The company has signed on Walmart, the retailing giant and the world’s biggest employer with …

Java

The Impact of AI on Modern Marketing: 50 categories ranked, 70 experts sound-off

Find out what 70 marketing executives, practitioners and AI enthusiasts have to say about he future of AI as it relates to marketing.

5 Social Media Trends That Will Have Maximum Impact in 2018

With more and more brands trying to connect with audiences across an array of social channels, the attention span of people is on a …

Amazon reportedly working on Alexa-enabled 'smart glasses'

Amazon wants to make Alexa a more formidable competitor to Google Assistant and Siri by letting you put it on your face and take it anywhere, according to a <i>Financial Times</i> report (paywall). The company is said to be developing a pair of normal-looking eyeglasses that tether to your smartphone and …

Amazon

Microsoft and Facebook’s 4,000-mile transatlantic internet cable Marea is now complete

A new subsea cable connecting North America with mainland Europe has now been completed, promising to meet the growing demand for cloud services with a capacity of 160 terabits per second.<p>The 6,600km (4,000 mile) transatlantic cable, nicknamed Marea, lies more than 17,000 feet below the Atlantic …

Virginia Beach

Meet the brain behind Accenture Interactive's acquisition spree

The Accenture Interactive boss who bought Fjord and Karmarama believes consultants and ad agency groups are facing a seismic change as their two …

Themes from Dmexco: Data, Collaboration and Block Chain Technology

WPP CEO Martin Sorrell embraces the techie nature of Dmexco by wearing a hoodie -- and says the coming battleground will be in data, with Google, …

Visual search products like Google Lens could revolutionize online shopping

Google announced new badges in its image search in August, just a day after Pinterest updated its app to make the visual search feature front-and-center. This summer’s activity comes a few months after Pinterest announced Pinterest Lens, which allows a user to take a photo of an object with their …

eCommerce