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    1. Hurdling the barriers to AI implementation in every industry

      Hurdling the barriers to AI implementation in every industry

      Flipboard While companies realise the importance of artificial intelligence in their area of work, there are still some misgivings about its purported ability to replace human beings. From languishing outside the top 100 search terms on a leading IT research and advisory firm’s website in January 2016, artificial intelligence (AI) shot to the seventh place by May this year 1 .

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    2. Announcing TECH30 2017: Top 30 promising technology startups from India

      Announcing TECH30 2017: Top 30 promising technology startups from India

      Flipboard Presenting the TECH30 2017: YourStory’s pick of the top 30 technology startups from India The coveted list of Tech30 startups for this year was announced on the second day of TechSparks on September 23. Starups from Artificial Intelligence (AI), healthtech, cyber security, and cryptocurrency made it to the list. It was an exhilarating two days which saw the best of the tech and startup world coming together.

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      Mentions: Chicago India Yahoo
    3. How Ithaka is ensuring that travel planning need no longer be sweat

      How Ithaka is ensuring that travel planning need no longer be sweat

      Flipboard Mumbai-based travel tech startup makes planning for holidays to Thailand and Indonesia as easy as chatting with a bot named ‘Sparrow.’ Planning a holiday is often a painstaking and time-consuming affair. From initial research and chats with friends and family to learn about their experiences to getting down to the nitty-gritties of trip planning like bookings and drawing up a checklist of must-do and must-see things, it can be a lot of work.

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      Mentions: India China Cambodia
    4. Societe Generale’s Catalyst 2.0 programme accelerates nine startups

      Societe Generale’s Catalyst 2.0 programme accelerates nine startups

      Flipboard So far 29 startups including the current nine have been mentored in three batches under Catalyst, Societe Generale’s accelerator programme. Societe Generale Global Solution Centre (SG GSC) recently hosted a ‘Demo Day’ for Catalyst 2.0, the second edition of its accelerator programme, in Bengaluru. Nine startups that were accelerated in the 10-week programme under Catalyst 2.0 gave a demo of their innovative technology solutions.

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      Mentions: India
    5. Delhi-based DJUBO aims to be tech enabler for business growth of small and medium-sized hotels

      Delhi-based DJUBO aims to be tech enabler for business growth of small and medium-sized hotels

      Flipboard DJUBO, an end-to-end hotel sales management platform with a centralised reservation system, has over 2,000 clients and aims to help small and medium-sized hotels become profitable. Tarun Gulati, an IIM-Bangalore alumnus with close to eight years of work experience in private equity and investment banking, comes from a family that owned hotels. Much like his friend, Sankalp Goel.

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    6. 14 B2B startups make it to Microsoft Accelerator’s 11th cohort

      14 B2B startups make it to Microsoft Accelerator’s 11th cohort

      Flipboard Banking on India’s entrepreneurial energy, the tech giant aims to help late-stage startups enhance their enterprise readiness and go-to-market (GTM) activities. Since its launch in 2012, Microsoft Accelerator has shifted its focus from incubation to late-stage go-to-market focus. The programme, after five years and 10 batches, has accelerated 129 startups so far.

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      Mentions: Tokyo India Microsoft
    7. Amazon India looks to hire over 1,000 people for its various divisions

      Amazon India looks to hire over 1,000 people for its various divisions

      Flipboard Bucking the trend of layoffs in the IT industry, Amazon India is looking to hire over 1,000 professionals across its multiple locations in the country. Amazon India is looking to increase its workforce by more than a thousand in a bid to strengthen its position in the country’s e-commerce market. The company’s job portal lists over 1,200 openings—most of which are for software professionals—in its Bengaluru, Mumbai, Delhi, Pune, Hyderabad, and Chennai offices.

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    8. Failures would bring AI-powered chatbots closer to humans: experts

      Failures would bring AI-powered chatbots closer to humans: experts

      Flipboard “Technology is a useful servant but a dangerous master,” said Norwegian Nobel Laureate Christian Lous Lange more than a century ago. As companies pin their hopes on chatbot and artificial intelligence (AI) technologies, the big question the world is facing today is whether these neural machines would turn out to be friends or foes of the human race.

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    9. Naiyya Saggi's 5-year plan: To see BabyChakra as the trusted companion to every young parent

      Naiyya Saggi's 5-year plan: To see BabyChakra as the trusted companion to every young parent

      Flipboard The BabyChakra co-founder plans to build an offline network as well as use artificial intelligence and machine learning to expand the reach of its online platform that connects Indian parents to the best services for their babies. “Everything we do starts from the needs of parents—typically young moms,” says Naiyya Saggi, Co-founder of BabyChakra, an online platform connecting Indian parents to the best services for their babies.

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    10. Crowd-sourced content discovery platform for languages Clorik is changing how Indians consume content

      Crowd-sourced content discovery platform for languages Clorik is changing how Indians consume content

      Flipboard With 90 percent Indians more comfortable in regional languages, AI-powered Clorik is using NLP to simplify discovery by categorising content based on interest and language. The app has been downloaded 2,000 times till now and the startup is eyeing many more downloads. Amara Barani is an Uber driver who uses several apps to discover content in Hindi. He usually reads news snippets that are curated and shortened at BPO-type jobs for an app.

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      Mentions: India Google Yahoo
    11. AI, ML will be game-changers in online retail: Sauvik Banerjjee, CTO of TataCLiQ

      AI, ML will be game-changers in online retail: Sauvik Banerjjee, CTO of TataCLiQ

      Considering the juggernaut of global e-commerce companies waiting in the wings to storm India, what are the top key changes that the e-commerce sector in India should brace up for? Sauvik Banerjjee (Image courtesy: IndiaRetailing) According to Sauvik Banerjjee, CTO of Tata group’s multi-brand e-commerce player, TataCLiQ , “T here are four biggest and important changes happening in the world of technology right now.” These are: IoT and Robotics Deep Learning algorithms on Big Data getting augmented by Machine Learning algorithms Commencement of a revolution of natural language processing in our day to day use cases Virtual Reality and Augmented ...

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    12. Meet the 8 startups that made it to Target India’s Accelerator Program 5

      Meet the 8 startups that made it to Target India’s Accelerator Program 5

      Flipboard Founded on the principle of giving back to the ecosystem, the Target Accelerator Program will help these eight Indian startups validate and mature their product to increase customer traction Target India on Wednesday announced the fifth batch – the largest cohort yet – of its Accelerator Program. Eight startups were selected for the four-month long-programme that will help develop innovative technology solutions.

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    13. Active.ai creates an omni-channel platform for banks to improve customer engagement

      Active.ai creates an omni-channel platform for banks to improve customer engagement

      Flipboard The Singapore-headquartered startup has recently partnered with Infosys Finacle, part of EdgeVerve Systems, to enable financial institutions to offer conversational banking services through chat and voice-based interfaces across their digital channels. Had Shankar Narayan not lost his wallet while on an international trip, he would not have experienced firsthand a glaring shortcoming in the ‘anywhere banking’ concept.

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      Mentions: India Singapore Asia
    14. Are you cashing in on the ‘Fintech Revolution’ happening now?

      Are you cashing in on the ‘Fintech Revolution’ happening now?

      This story is sponsored by IBM . A cashless economy encourages widespread adoption of digital technology Today, making a money transfer or making a purchase at a store is as simple as a few clicks using one of the many digital payment options. In fact, you do not even need a bank account to do this, just a cellphone number is enough to get started!

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