bots

  • Distil Networks’ $10M Funding Round Valued The Bot Detection Company At Around $30M

    Distil Networks’ $10M Funding Round Valued The Bot Detection Company At Around $30M

    Bot detection startup Distil Networks announced today that it has raised a $10 million Series A. A source with knowledge of the deal says the round valued Distil at around $30 million. The company declined to comment on the valuation, but co-founder and CEO Rami Essaid was willing to discuss some of the other details. For one thing, he said that Foundry Group “shot us down” twice… Read More

  • Tinder Exploited By Bots Promoting “Castle Clash” Game

    Tinder Exploited By Bots Promoting “Castle Clash” Game

    A number of users on dating app Tinder report being matched with fake profiles of women, who¬†are actually automated bots promoting a mobile game called “Castle Clash.” The bots are sharing a link to the game on the URL “Tinderverified.com,” making it appear that Tinder is the URL’s owner or is somehow involved with this scheme, which it is not. Read More

  • ‘Visual Twitter’ Site Tiny Post Uses Bots To Test User Engagement, Gets Busted, Fesses Up

    ‘Visual Twitter’ Site Tiny Post Uses Bots To Test User Engagement, Gets Busted, Fesses Up

    Lesson for social networking startups: don’t mess around with your early adopters. Tiny Post, the 500 Startups-backed company that lets users post photos with short messages attached to them (like a visual Twitter), has been called out by one of its users for putting bots on the network to follow legitimate people on the site. To its immense credit, the minute we alerted the company to… Read More

  • Diffbot Sees The Web Like People Do, Now Free For Developers

    Diffbot Sees The Web Like People Do, Now Free For Developers

    Diffbot is a geeky and incredibly interesting technology that uses bots, algorithms, computer vision and artificial intelligence to process the content on the Web the way a human being can. “The entire Internet can be broken down into 30 different page types” explains Co-founder Mike Tung, also known as “Diffbot Mike,” and “Diffbot can identify them all.”… Read More

  • CrunchGear Explains Your New AIM Friends

    CrunchGear Explains Your New AIM Friends

    At some point in the late morning, I woke up. I do that sometimes. I try to at least once a day. And, as I normally do when I wake, I opened my laptop to get to work. I’m a Mac user, so I use iChat for much of my online communications. The program auto-logs-me-on when the machine wakes up, and I noticed I had friends online I’d never seen before. Who was Spleak? Who was Prof Gilzot? Read More