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    1. At Pear demo day, a who’s who of VCs, and plenty of fresh ideas

      At Pear demo day, a who’s who of VCs, and plenty of fresh ideas Posted Can robots help the U.S. get its economic mojo back? Pear , a popular seed-stage venture firm whose early bets include Guardant Health, Memebox , and Branch , hosted its fourth demo day in Woodside, Ca., last Thursday, and though it was a scorchingly hot afternoon at a largely outdoor venue, a veritable who’s who of VCs showed up: Bryan Schreier of Sequoia Capital was there.

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    2. Spotify’s head of video and podcasts departs amid strategy shift

      Spotify’s head of video and podcasts departs amid strategy shift

      Spotify’s head of video and podcasts departs amid strategy shift Posted Google’s Transformer solves a tricky problem in machine translation Tom Calderone, Spotify’s head of video and podcasts, is departing the company amid a shift in content strategy. The news was first identified by Bloomberg. The digital streaming business, known for its music playlists, had expanded into other categories like original video, but the company has confirmed that it’s changing its approach.

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    3. Google’s Transformer solves a tricky problem in machine translation

      Google’s Transformer solves a tricky problem in machine translation

      Google’s Transformer solves a tricky problem in machine translation Posted Please let The Friendship Code and its tech-savvy girls be the new Baby-Sitters Club Machine learning has turned out to be a very useful tool for translation, but it has a few weak spots. The tendency of translation models to do their work word by word is one of those, and can lead to serious errors. Google details the nature of this problem, and their solution to it, in an interesting post on its Research blog .

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      Mentions: Google White
    4. Y Combinator takes machine intelligence startups to school and learns a thing or two

      Y Combinator takes machine intelligence startups to school and learns a thing or two

      Advertisement Machine intelligence startups are the black sheep of the startup world. The new kids on the block are challenging investors to do their technical homework and differentiate themselves in intentional ways. Y Combinator joined a growing list of investors offering exclusive services to these companies in a specialized AI track for its latest S17 batch of startups. In the competitive world of investing, Y Combinator has to work to convince top startups to apply to the program.

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    5. GoodTime nabs $2M to match job applicants with interviewers to save time and build rapport

      Despite countless attempts and millions in venture capital, the calendar, one of the most ubiquitous work tools, has remained largely unchanged for as long as I can remember. Rather than overwrite the calendar in an effort to make it obsolete, Ahryun Moon and Jasper Sone, co-founders of GoodTime , are putting the calendar front and center — embracing it as a means of understanding people.

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

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

      Health startup Buoy raises $6.7 million to invest in recruitment and research 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 queries (think “this week’s transactions over $500”). Tableau expects to integrate this technology with its own products as it looks to make it easier for its users to use similar queries to visualize their data.

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    7. Facebook finishes its move to neural machine translation

      Facebook finishes its move to neural machine translation Posted Curious about Tesla’s unique Model 3 in-car UI? Check out this mock-up Facebook announced this morning that it had completed its move to neural machine translation — a complicated way of saying that Facebook is now using convolutional neural networks (CNNs) and recurrent neural networks (RNNs) to automatically translate content across Facebook.

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    8. Amazon’s Prime Photos now works with Alexa on Fire Tv

      Amazon’s Prime Photos now works with Alexa on Fire TV Posted Facebook finishes its move to neural machine translation Amazon today is rolling out a new experience for Prime Photos, its photo backup and sharing app, on Fire TV and Fire TV Stick. With the update, you can now ask Alexa to display your photos, including those saved to your various albums, photos taken on a certain day, week or month, those snapped at a particular location, or even those of specific people or things – like photos of your dog, for example. The Prime Photos app comes pre-installed on ...

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    9. Facebook buys Ozlo to boost its conversational AI efforts

      Facebook buys Ozlo to boost its conversational AI efforts

      Facebook has gone ahead and purchased Charles Jolley’s conversational AI startup Ozlo . Jolley, formerly Head of Platform for Android at Facebook, will not be returning to the company. The Ozlo team is expected to join Facebook to work on natural language processing challenges. Ozlo launched with a consumer-facing app back in October 2016.

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    10. Timekettle’s WT2 real-time translation earpieces enable ordinary conversation across language barriers

      Timekettle’s WT2 real-time translation earpieces enable ordinary conversation across language barriers

      Timekettle’s WT2 real-time translation earpieces enable ordinary conversation across language barriers Posted 30 years of the GIF At TechCrunch’s event in Shenzhen last month, we had a chance to test out the WT2 , a clever and ambitious device from startup TimeKettle. It’s a pair of wireless earpieces; each person in a multilingual conversation wears one, and they translate what’s said into the language spoken by each participant.

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      Mentions: Shenzhen
    11. Kakao is putting speech recognition tech into cars from Hyundai and Kia

      Kakao is putting speech recognition tech into cars from Hyundai and Kia Posted KKR said to be in talks to buy WebMD Less than a month after announcing plans to spin out its transportation and mobility business , Korean tech firm Kakao has inked deals to put hands-free systems inside cars from Korea’s second largest automotive firm Hyundai and its Kia affiliate.

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      Mentions: Korea Hyundai Samsung
    12. Freshdesk owner Freshworks acquires Joe Hukum as it plans a move into chatbots

      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 strategy. The company has acquired Joe Hukum , a startup out of India that offers a platform for businesses to build their own chatbots. I’ve asked, but the companies are not revealing any terms of the deal.

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    13. TechCrunch Tel Aviv Pitch-Off: Here are your startups and judges!

      TechCrunch Tel Aviv Pitch-Off: Here are your startups and judges!

      A competition wouldn’t be a competition without judges! Please meet the illustrious group who are going to join us on stage next week: Ilana Golan, Golan Ventures

      Ilana Golan is a Serial Entrepreneur, Mentor and Investor. Selected as 40 top women to watch in 2016 and Silicon Valley Business Journal Women of Influence for 2017. Bringing 20 years of engineering, product, sales, operations and entrepreneurial experience to help primarily Israel based startups succeed in the US.

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    14. At AI bot startups, cool kids rule – TechCrunch

      At AI bot startups, cool kids rule – TechCrunch

      Joanna Glasner is a reporter for Crunchbase . More posts by this contributor: CrunchBase Spotlight: Data hints at down rounds, but not wipeout, for marketplace lending You would think at least one AI-powered humanoid bot would have a properly nerdy name. Maybe a Poindexter or Hildegarde to add some natural language processing to your customer chat app? No such luck. Instead, it sounds like the cool kids are in charge at most digital assistant and bot startups.

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      Mentions: Amazon Apple Google
    15. Codota raises $2M from Khosla as autocomplete for developers

      Codota raises $2M from Khosla as autocomplete for developers

      Codota raises $2M from Khosla as autocomplete for developers Posted Hardware Club raises $28 million for its hardware seed fund In recent years, GitHub has fundamentally changed developer workflows. By centralizing code on an easily accessible platform, the company was able to rapidly change the way people code. Following in these footsteps, Israeli startup Codota wants to further optimize workflows for the often neglected developer community — this time with machine intelligence.

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    16. Element AI, a platform for companies to build AI solutions, raises $102M

      Element AI, a platform for companies to build AI solutions, raises $102M

      Element AI, a platform for companies to build AI solutions, raises $102M Posted HealthUnlocked support social network app goes global The race for artificial intelligence technology is on, and while tech giants like Google and Facebook snap up top talent to build out their own AI-powered products, a new startup has just raised a huge round of funding to help the rest of us.

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      Mentions: Korea Apple Google
    17. Facebook’s AI crosses language barrier to assist in Spanish

      Facebook’s AI crosses language barrier to assist in Spanish

      Facebook’s AI crosses language barrier to assist in Spanish Posted Snapsheet raises $12 million to save you time after a car accident Any technology that only works in English neglects 75% of the world. That problem is especially severe for Facebook with its global userbase. Yet most languages are being left out by the advances in artificial intelligence centered around natural language processing led by researchers in the U.S. and China. But today marks a milestone for AI accessibility.

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      Mentions: China Mexico
    18. Upbeat gets $1.5M to create a data science-driven alternative to PR agencies

      Upbeat gets $1.5M to create a data science-driven alternative to PR agencies Posted SpaceX aims to reuse a Falcon 9 booster used in January on June 17 Out of all the how-to guides ever written about pitching journalists , I’ve never seen one address the truth—that most are simply too busy trying not to get murdered by their inboxes to even open emails. Upbeat wants to use data science to create PR pitches that don’t automatically end up in the Trash folder.

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    19. Growlabs nabs $2.2M to automate outbound sales

      Growlabs nabs $2.2M to automate outbound sales

      Growlabs nabs $2.2M to automate outbound sales Posted Scan these new QR-style Spotify Codes to instantly play a song Just six months into its life, Growlabs , a startup using machine intelligence to support outbound sales teams, has raised a $2.2 million seed round. Founded by Ben Raffi, the creator of ticketing app Universe, Jaclyn Klein and Safeer Jiwan, Growlabs helps businesses reduce their customer acquisition costs by enabling smalls sales teams to do more with less.

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      Mentions: CTO CMO
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