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Khari Johnson / VentureBeat:
Despite outage in some parts of the world, WhatsApp users sent a record 75B messages on New Year's Eve, up from 63B in 2016, including 13B images and 5B videos   —  WhatsApp, one of the world's most-used messaging services, hit a new milestone on New Year's Eve: more than 75 billion messages sent by its users.
Jan 6, 2018, 10:10 PMIn context
Khari Johnson / VentureBeat:
Google says Assistant is available on 400M+ devices, while it sold more than one Home every second since Home Mini Oct. launch, which translates to 6M+ speakers   —  Google Assistant is now available on 400 million devices, including more than 6 million Home smart speakers sold since the Home Mini first became available last October.
Jan 5, 2018, 3:10 PMIn context
Khari Johnson / VentureBeat:
Google expands Assistant SDK to Australia, Canada, Germany, Japan, and UK and adds device-specific voice control for smart homes   —  The software development kit (SDK) for Google Assistant is expanding to additional countries today, including Australia, Canada, Germany, Japan, and the United Kingdom.
Dec 20, 2017, 4:00 PMIn context
Khari Johnson / VentureBeat:
One Concern raises $20M Series A led by New Enterprise Associates to expand its platform that uses AI to predict and mitigate the impact of natural disasters   —  One Concern today announced that it has closed a $20 million funding round to “future proof the world,” according to a company spokesperson.
Dec 20, 2017, 1:00 PMIn context
Khari Johnson / VentureBeat:
Microsoft's Cortana gets Gmail and Google Calendar support   —  Microsoft's AI assistant Cortana is now able to integrate with Gmail and Google Calendar accounts.  Until recently, Outlook and Office 365 were the only calendar and email options for users of Cortana on devices like Windows 10 PCs …
Dec 13, 2017, 5:50 PMIn context
Khari Johnson / VentureBeat:
Pinterest launches a Facebook Messenger bot to power Pin searches, as well as a chat extension for collaborative visual search inside Messenger   —  Pinterest today launched its first Facebook Messenger bot to power Pin searches, as well as a chat extension to power collaborative visual search inside …
Dec 5, 2017, 1:20 PMIn context
Khari Johnson / VentureBeat:
Amazon commits another $100M to Alexa Fund to support Alexa's international expansion, says Alexa is coming to Australia and New Zealand in early 2018   —  Alexa Fund, Amazon's venture capital fund for investment in companies that adopt the intelligent assistant into their products …
Nov 30, 2017, 8:20 AMIn context
Khari Johnson / VentureBeat:
Lyft says it has hired 12 of 15 employees of Kamcord's livestream startup to work on its service; Kamcord says it will sunset its service   —  Lyft today announced that it has hired the majority of employees from Kamcord, a company that plans to sunset its products for livestreaming and social media.
Nov 16, 2017, 12:55 PMIn context
Khari Johnson / VentureBeat:
Pinterest launches Lens Your Look fashion search feature, which allows you to add a photo to any text query, and adds QR “pincodes” for easier sharing   —  Pinterest will begin to roll out a new series of features today, including Lens Your Look, which allows you to add a photo to any text query.
Nov 14, 2017, 12:15 PMIn context
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

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