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  • Amazon has a shiny new startup accelerator to advance conversational AI

    Amazon has a shiny new startup accelerator to advance conversational AI

    Big tech companies have been creating accelerators left and right to evangelize their brands and get developers engaged with APIs and other open-source efforts. Today, Amazon joined the crowd by announcing a new program for startups developing conversational AI. This is Amazon’s first foray into the world of accelerator programs, though its $100 million Alexa Fund has already invested… Read More

  • Zero is a mobile automation app for email addicts

    Zero is a mobile automation app for email addicts

    Email apps are a dime a dozen. There are the regular emails apps that come with our phones, there’s Gmail and Spark and there’s 50 others that all offer just about the same thing. Zero is trying something different. Think of Zero as an AI-enabled email system. It reads your messages as they come in and allows you to do all the regular stuff – move emails into trash, snooze… Read More

  • Luke Beatty departs AOL

    Luke Beatty departs AOL

    AOL’s president of media brands Luke Beatty is stepping down from his position today to spend more time with family. Beatty ran AOL’s tech blogs — including TechCrunch and Engadget — as well as several other online media properties for the company. He came to AOL from TechStars after serving as Yahoo’s vice president and general manager. Beatty also founded… Read More

  • Google launches its Cloud Platform region in Tokyo

    Google launches its Cloud Platform region in Tokyo

    Google today announced the launch of the Tokyo region of its cloud computing platform. With this, the Google Cloud Platform now features two regions (Tokyo and Taiwan) and a total of six availability zones in Asia. In the Asia-Pacific region, the plan is to also open new regions in Mumbai, Singapore and Sydney over the course of the next year, in addition to new regions in the U.S. Read More

  • The TC Meetup + Pitch-off in Seoul goes down TONIGHT!

    The TC Meetup + Pitch-off in Seoul goes down TONIGHT!

    The big night is tonight! At 6pm, the TC Meetup + Pitch-off is going down in Seoul, South Korea. We’ll be joined by some of the brightest minds in the local tech scene to discuss going global and diversity, and then we’ll dive straight into the Pitch-off itself. Each of these 10 companies will have exactly 60 seconds to pitch their wares to a panel of expert judges, including local… Read More

  • Challenges face former Cheezburger CEO joining Y Combinator’s New Cities project

    Challenges face former Cheezburger CEO joining Y Combinator’s New Cities project

    Y Combinator’s ambitious New Cities project has a new leader today as Ben Huh, former CEO of The Cheezburger Network, joins the effort. The initiative, previously announced back in June, aims to take a fresh, entrepreneurial approach, to city building. Details have been hard to come by, but the group was hiring researchers for a short time on the tail end of the summer. In a blog… Read More

  • Google starts highlighting fact-checks in News

    Google starts highlighting fact-checks in News

    Today Google added a new “fact-check” tag to its popular Google News service. The site aggregates popular timely news from multiple sources and has traditionally grouped them with tags like “opinion,” “local source” and “highly cited.” Now readers can see highlighted fact-checks right next to trending stories. The company cites the growing… Read More

  • Google’s Cloud Machine Learning service is now in public beta

    Google’s Cloud Machine Learning service is now in public beta

    Google announced a number of updates to its cloud computing services at a small event in San Francisco this morning. These updates touch Google’s machine learning services, as well as its database and analytics services, and include an update to how it supports its users. The company’s focus today, though, was clearly on machine learning. Google launched the private alpha of… Read More

  • Google combines all of its cloud services under the ‘Google Cloud’ brand

    Google combines all of its cloud services under the ‘Google Cloud’ brand

    Google for Work, Google’s Cloud Platform and the rest of the company’s cloud-based services are getting a new name. They have now been combined under the “Google Cloud” moniker. Google’s Diane Greene made the announcement at a small invite-only event in San Francisco. If you’ve been following along, today’s news doesn’t come as a total surprise. Read More