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Khari Johnson / VentureBeat:
Kik says it raised $98.8M in ICO sale from over 10,000 people, with $42M coming in the first 24 hours   —  Chat app Kik announced today that it has raised nearly $100 million from more than 10,000 people in its token distribution event.  In fact, $42 million of the $98.8 million was raised …
Sep 26, 2017, 12:45 PMIn context
Khari Johnson / VentureBeat:
HubSpot acquires chatbot building platform Motion.ai, will incorporate tech into HubSpot platform over next few months   —  Marketing and sales company HubSpot today announced it has acquired bot creation platform Motion.ai.  Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Sep 20, 2017, 9:50 PMIn context
Khari Johnson / VentureBeat:
Apple releases iOS 11 with improved Siri, Files app, new iPad dock, Live Photo effects, Do Not Disturb While Driving, ARKit, new Control Center and Lock Screen   —  In line with plans announced last week at the Apple event introducing iPhone X and other products, the company today began to roll out iOS 11 to iPhone and iPad users.
Sep 19, 2017, 1:20 PMIn context
Khari Johnson / VentureBeat:
WhatsApp adds colorful text status updates, just like Facebook   —  WhatsApp today began to roll out Status updates you can make by writing text on a colorful image background, a company spokesperson has informed VentureBeat.  While Status debuted as a text-only feature, it grew to include photos and videos.
Aug 21, 2017, 5:05 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
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
Khari Johnson / VentureBeat:
Facebook unveils Messenger Platform 2.1 with built-in natural language processing, a payments SDK, and bot-to-human handover protocol in open beta   —  Facebook today launched Messenger Platform 2.1 with new features to give developers and brands more ways to reach potential customers …
Jul 27, 2017, 8:00 PMIn context
Khari Johnson / VentureBeat:
Facebook to gradually expand worldwide beta of display ads in Messenger's Home screen, which follow an auction-based model   —  Facebook Messenger will start to extend its home screen ads beta worldwide in the weeks ahead, Messenger head of product Stan Chudnovsky announced today.
Jul 11, 2017, 12:52 PMIn context
Khari Johnson / VentureBeat:
Nokia debuts $59 Nokia Body Scale, $129 Nokia BPM+ blood pressure monitor, and revamps Health Mate fitness apps   —  Nokia today unveiled a new smart scale and digital blood pressure monitor as part of the company's “rebirth,” Cédric Hutchings, Nokia's VP of Digital Health …
Jun 20, 2017, 12:40 PMIn context

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