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LinkedIn boosts its messaging with smart replies, pre-written, AI based interactions

LinkedIn — the Microsoft-owned platform for those who want to network with professional contacts and advance their own careers — has been in the middle of a long-term makeover of its socia

Plasticity wants to help chatbots seem less robotic

Y Combinator backed Plasticity is tackling the problem of getting software systems to better understand text, using deep learning models trained to understand what they're reading on Wikipedia articl

Tableau acquires ClearGraph, a startup that lets you analyze your data using natural language

Business intelligence and analytics firm Tableau today announced that it has acquired ClearGraph, a service that lets you query and visualize large amounts of business date through natural language qu

Audioburst launches a web and mobile search engine for audio news

Audio is beginning to play an increasingly important role in how consumers connect with information, thanks to the popularity of podcasts and other short-form audio programming, improvements in voice

Freshdesk owner Freshworks acquires Joe Hukum as it plans a move into chatbots

After raising $55 million last year to build its business beyond its existing help desk services, today Freshworks (the parent company of Freshdesk) has made an acquisition to help it fill out that st

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

VoiceOps launches to put insights in the hands of managers coaching sales reps

The enterprise voice space grows hotter today as VoiceOps announces its seed round led by Accel with participation from Founders Fund and Lowercase Capital. The YC-backed startup aims to support sa

Cognitiv+ is using AI for contract analysis and tracking

Another legal tech startup coming out of the UK: Cognitiv+ is applying artificial intelligence to automate contract analysis and management, offering businesses a way to automate staying on top of leg

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

Rokid, the assistant that can see, hear and sing raises $50M at $450M valuation

Meet Melody. Despite looking like a giant egg with a TV for a heart, she actually may be the first thing to put a smile on your face this morning. She can recognize you, listen to you, and even sing f

Clues point Amazon Echo launching in the UK on September 14

Earlier this week, Amazon debuted its Dash buttons in the UK, Germany and Austria for instant product reorders, and now it is gearing up for yet another new launch in Europe — one that could be

Meet Articoolo, the robot writer with content for brains

There is great writing. And there is content. And at this juncture in the internet's evolution it seems very plain, Dear Online Reader, that you are mostly being served a tsunami of content -- acceler

Aylien Launches Text-Analysis API To Help Developers Extract Meaning From Documents

Working with text is often a messy business for programmers. While code has to be unambiguous, words tend to be anything but. Over the years, a number of companies like Alchemy and Thomson Reuters hav

Voicesphere Brings Voice Control To Facebook, Instagram & Others, Enterprise Apps Coming Next

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Siri 2.0? Skyphrase Wants To Make Data More Accessible With Natural Language, Starting With Analytics & Fantasy Sports

With an increasing number of commercial applications relying on its technology, natural language processing (NLP) has started to come into its own of late. After years of research and experimentation,

Ginger Software Adds Sentence Rephraser To Android Proofreading Keyboard To Reword Your Written English

If you're already worried that journalists are writing for robots, it's time to press the panic button: here's an algorithm that can apparently rewrite journalists. Israeli natural language processing

Google Adds Conversational Search In Latest Chrome Build, We Go Voice On

Google has updated <a target="_blank" href="https://www.google.com/intl/en/chrome/">Chrome</a> in build 27 to include conversational voice search, a feature it demoed on stage at Google I/O this year

Siri Competitor Maluuba Brings Sports Results And TV Schedules To Its Android And Windows Phone Apps

Maluuba, the Waterloo, Canada-based Siri competitor and TechCrunch Disrupt SF 2012 Battlefield finalist, today announced that it has added two new features to its voice-powered personal assistant app

Maluuba Launches Natural Language Processing API, Brings Siri-Like Powers To Any App

Maluuba, the TC Disrupt finalist and Android-based Siri competitor today has unveiled a major new platform play, via its natural language processing (NLP) API for app developers. The Maluuba team beli

Maluuba Wants To Challenge Apple’s Siri With Its “Do Engine”

Ever since Apple launched its voice-driven personal assistant Siri, a slew of clones have appeared on the scene. Most of these, however, clearly show that Siri was the result of a massive research pro
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