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ReplyYes raises $6.5 million to sell stuff via bots and AI, with human help

Today you can buy flowers, get reservations, and order toilet paper via bots. Tomorrow, you might be able to buy just about anything via Messenger, SMS, or any other messaging protocol.<p>Seattle-based ReplyYes announced a $6.5 million round of funding today focused on building a platform for mobile …

2016 will be the year of conversational commerce – Chris Messina – Medium

Nearly a year ago today, I wrote a post inventorying the forebears to what I believe has become the dominant trend of consumer computing apps in …

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Bot evangelist Chris Messina leaves Uber

Uber developer experience lead Chris Messina announced Friday that he has left the ride-sharing company.<p>Messina is known as the creator of the hashtag and for accurately predicting that 2016 would be the year of conversational commerce.<p>While at Uber, Messina was a champion of chatbots and the Uber …

PlayTimer insists that you put your phone down

Maybe you have a busy life, and you need some help making time for the things that matter. Like, a lot of help. I’m talking about zero willpower here.<p>PlayTimer is for you. It locks your phone down but good so that you can play with your kid or focus on other things for a while. You just set the …

Appcubator Helps Beginning Developers Easily Create Their Own Web Applications

There are quite a few steps between starting to learn to code and developing a web application, and a new Y Combinator startup is trying to fill in those gaps. Appcubator has launched to allow users to create their own web applications with drag and drop, text inserts and custom themes, rather than …

Italy blocks 27 sites suspected of aiding file-sharing

While this DNS block can be evaded, move is reminiscent of similar US seizure.<p>Italian authorities have recently ordered that two dozen file-sharing …

CHART OF THE DAY: What Facebook Got Wrong About How People Use Their Smartphones

Mark Zuckerberg had a strong case this week for why Facebook is making its new Home app for Android that replaces your normal Android home screen.<p>According to Zuckerberg, smartphone users spend more time in Facebook than any other individual app, so by that logic, it's a good idea to make Facebook …

Mobile Advertising Grows So Fast That Analysts Revise Forecasts

Web advertising dollars are transitioning from desktop to mobile much more quickly than previously anticipated -- and that has eMarketer boosting its …

Chrome will officially leave WebKit for Blink in 10 weeks

Google has given the first indication as to when it will release its first Blink-enabled builds of its Chrome browser, confirming that it will enable its new rendering engine in Chrome 28. Answering questions submitted by the Chrome developer community in a Q&A video panel, Chrome developer …

CHART OF THE DAY: People Say They Don't Want A Facebook Phone

This means almost nothing. But, what the heck, we're going to toss it out there any way.<p>According to an online survey of consumers from Retrevo, people didn't want a Facebook phone, or a Facebook phone service. Luckily for them, they're not getting one!<p>But, Facebook wants to take over your phone …

Kytephone, The YC Startup Making Smartphones Kid-Safe, Now Helps Parents Monitor Teens’ Smartphone Usage With Kytetime

Kytephone, the Y Combinator-backed startup making smartphones kid-friendly and safe, is now expanding its focus beyond the “little kids” crowd with the introduction of a new platform for teenagers and parents. Called “Kytetime,” the system is designed more for keeping track of a child’s location …

Following its new iPhone campaign, Apple shares ‘Why you’ll love an iPad’

Following up on its recently launched “Why you’ll love an iPhone” campaign,” Apple has begun a similar strategy for its iPad and iPad mini tablets. Alongside a redesigned iPad website, Apple’s new “Why you’ll love an iPad” page lists some of the awards and reasons for why customers use the iPad and …

CHART OF THE DAY: The Difference Between What You Share And What People Want To Read

The stories people share aren't necessarily the stories their friends want to read, according to data from 33Across, which tracks links for online publications.<p>It found that people are sharing science related content more often than any other content category. However, science content is clicked on …