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Paul Sawers / VentureBeat:
B2B data platform ZoomInfo was acquired by private equity firm Great Hill Partners for $240M   —  ZoomInfo, the subscription-based B2B platform that sells access to company data such as contact details, employment history, and other background information, was acquired earlier this week …
Aug 17, 2017, 1:40 PMIn context
Khari Johnson / VentureBeat:
Facebook Messenger's AI assistant M expands to Australia, Canada, South Africa, and UK, but third-party chat extension suggestions still only available in US   —  Facebook's intelligent assistant M is now available for Facebook Messenger users in Australia, Canada, South Africa …
Aug 15, 2017, 6:25 PMIn context
Khari Johnson / VentureBeat:
Facebook Messenger now makes Spotify recommendations when music is mentioned in conversation; suggestions can be turned off by toggling M assistant settings   —  Facebook Messenger now comes with Spotify recommendations when music is mentioned in a conversation, as it appears Messenger …
Aug 14, 2017, 3:40 PMIn context
Blair Hanley Frank / VentureBeat:
OpenAI bot has defeated three top professional Dota 2 players in 1v1 play over the last week   —  An artificial intelligence has beaten one of the world's top Dota 2 players in single combat today.  Danil Ishutin, better known by his gaming handle “Dendi,” threw in the towel in the middle …
Aug 12, 2017, 2:10 AMIn context
Blair Hanley Frank / VentureBeat:
Netlify, which makes software tools to help companies build and globally deploy high-performance websites, raises $12M Series A led by Andreessen Horowitz   —  Netlify, a startup that's building software tools to help drive the future of web development, announced today that it has raised $12 million in series A funding.
Aug 9, 2017, 3:15 PMIn context
Emil Protalinski / VentureBeat:
YouTube rolls out chat to all its Android and iOS users, includes group messaging for up to 30 users   —  YouTube today rolled out the ability to share videos with contacts directly in its mobile app for Android and iOS.  Users can chat about shared videos using text, react with emoji …
Aug 7, 2017, 1:35 PMIn context
Khari Johnson / VentureBeat:
Facebook moves entire translation backend to neural networks, built on Caffe2, to handle 4.5B+ translations per day, says it's seen ~11% increase in accuracy   —  Facebook announced today that it has started using neural network systems to carry out more than 4.5 billion translations …
Aug 4, 2017, 12:10 AMIn context
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Smash.gg raises $11M for esports tournament platform, led by Spark Capital with participation from Accel Partners and Horizon Ventures   —  Smash.gg has raised $11 million to help local esports fans create their own tournaments.  —  The idea is to enable organized esports competitions …
Aug 3, 2017, 11:55 AMIn context
Evan Blass / VentureBeat:
Source: Note8 to have 6.3" SuperAMOLED screen, Snapdragon 835 in US or Exynos 8895 globally, IP68-certification, two 12MP rear cameras with OIS, 3300mAh battery   —  As Samsung prepares to announce its stylus-equipped Galaxy Note8 on August 23 in New York City, information about the phone …
Aug 2, 2017, 12:55 PMIn context
Emil Protalinski / VentureBeat:
Google Classroom passes 1B submitted assignments, gets 10 new features, and new partner apps from Quizizz, Edcite, and Kami   —  Google today announced 10 updates to Google Classroom and Google Forms aimed to help teachers save time and stay organized.  At the same time, the company revealed …
Aug 1, 2017, 2:50 PMIn context

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