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RIP “crypto”

RIP “crypto”. You had a good run. This week veteran cryptographer Matt Blaze, finally gave in — to what must have been a near-constant, low-level drone of ‘CAn Buy Crypto.com??

The Cambridge Analytica Debacle is not a Facebook “Data Breach.” Maybe It Should Be.

Ido Kilovaty Contributor Share on Twitter Ido Kilovaty is a Cyber Fellow at the Center for Global Legal Challenges and Resident Fellow at the Information Society Project, Yale Law School. More posts b

Tech4Reporters pitches a new hub for journalists to connect with tech experts

Technology reporting has become a function of every single major news beat these days. It's increasingly important that reporters get a good grounding in the technology that's transforming their beats

Flitto’s language data helps machine translation systems get more accurate

Artificial intelligence-powered translation is becoming an increasingly crowded category, with Google, Microsoft, Amazon and Facebook all working on their own services. But tech still isn’t a match

Blue Canoe takes on language learning with a focus on pronunciation

If you want to pick up a new language, there's no shortage of options. But one aspect of the process that has been neglected is pronunciation, which is especially important for professionals. Online,

English teaching service VIPKID raises $200M and reportedly hits a $1.5B valuation

VIPKID, an online English teaching tool, announced today that it has raised $200 million in financing. That financing round values the company at $1.5 billion, according to a report by Bloomberg. Tha

Facebook’s fastText library is now optimized for mobile

This morning Facebook's AI Research (FAIR) lab released an update to fastText, its super-speedy open-source text classification library. When it was initially released, fastText shipped with pre-train

LingoZING is trying to teach new languages through comics pages

I’m willing to try pretty much anything at this point, when it comes to learning another language. I took years worth of language classes, downloaded all the latest apps and even bought a Muzzy tape

Microsoft strives to give computers common sense with Concept Graph

Today, Microsoft Research is publicly releasing its effort to tackle just one of the problems plaguing natural language understanding — knowledge. The company believes that background knowledge is

FOMO, TMI and ICYMI added to Merriam-Webster dictionary

It’s a big day for Linguistics Departments across the English-speaking world, as Merriam-Webster has just added more than 1,400 new words and phrases to the dictionary. Some newly defined words

WaitChatter Helps You Learn A New Language While You Wait For IM Replies

Despite the pace of online communications, we still spend a lot of time waiting: staring at an IM window is a common occurrence for anyone who spends a better part of their day at a computer. WaitChat

Linqapp, Which Lets You Get Real-Time Language Answers From Real People, Launches On iOS

The last time I enrolled in a Mandarin language program was back in 2007, light years away in terms of technology. I considered myself lucky because I had a Besta CD-618 electronic dictionary and a we

Listen Carefully

There are lessons to be drawn from how people are talking about the technology services they are interacting with. Not just in general terms -- whether they like or dislike a service and so on; but wh

Relative Insight Wants To Help Brands Stay On Message

UK startup Relative Insight has built a complex language model that can turn language into data sets that support comparative analysis -- and is now applying its algorithm to brands' marketing message

Unbabel Launches A Human-Edited Machine Translation Service To Help Businesses Go Global, Localize Customer Support

Today, you can be anywhere in the world in a matter of clicks. Thanks to globalization and the plucky old Information Superhighway, our world is shrinking. Inquisitive globetrotters can pop over to Go

Verbling Launches Live Study Groups And One-On-One Tutoring Service, As Its Spin On Language Learning Begins To Catch On

Learning to speak a new language with any kind of fluency is a daunting task. Not only only does it require time, patience, and a great teacher but, ultimately, there’s no “right” wa

German Language Learning Startup Babbel Buys Disrupt Finalist PlaySay To Target The U.S. Market

The world of language learning startups is going international. Today, Berlin-based <a target="_blank" href="http://www.babbel.com">Babbel</a>, which creates online and <a target="_blank" href="https:

Language Learning Service Verbling Launches Google Hangouts-Powered Classes, Adds Support For 9 New Languages

Learning a new language can be tedious and frustrating. Thankfully, a new generation of startups are leveraging advances in mobile and web technologies to make that process more enjoyable and rewardin

Mantaphrase Avoids The Spoken Word, Instead Offers Practical Mobile Language Translation

A lot of mobile language software wants to be the equivalent of an automatic universal translation app, listening to spoken phrases and translating them using natural language processing and audio rec

PlaySay: Social Language Learning App Launches With $820k And A HarperCollins Deal In Its Pocket

The education market -- as <a href="https://beta.techcrunch.com/2012/01/19/apple-20000-education-ipad-apps-developed-1-5-million-devices-in-use-at-schools/">Apple</a> and <a href="https://beta.techcru
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