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Alexa, where are the legal limits on what Amazon can do with my health data?

Alexa, where are the legal limits on what Amazon can do with my health data? The contract between the UK’s National Health Service (NHS) and ecommerce giant Amazon — for a health information licensing partnership involving its Alexa voice AI — has been released following a Freedom of Information request. The government […]

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How Zhihu’s become one of China’s biggest hubs for experts

How Zhihu’s become one of China’s biggest hubs for experts Zhihu may not be as well known outside of China as WeChat or ByteDance’s Douyin, but over the past eight years, it has cultivated a reputation for being one of the country’s most trustworthy social media platforms. Originally launched as a question-and-answer […]

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Google falls to third place in worldwide smart speaker market

Google falls to third place in worldwide smart speaker market The global smart speaker market grew 55.4% in the second quarter to reach 26.1 million shipments, according to a new report from Canalys. Amazon continued to lead the race, accounting for 6.6 million units shipped in the quarter. Google, however, fell to […]

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Baidu beats estimates on strong video streaming growth

Baidu beats estimates on strong video streaming growth Chinese search giant Baidu on Monday posted a revenue of 26.33 billion yuan ($3.73 billion) for the quarter that ended in June, beating analysts’ estimates of 25.77 billion yuan ($3.65 billion) as its video streaming service iQiyi<span style=”font-weight: 400;”> continues to see strong growth. The […]

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The five great reasons to attend TechCrunch’s Enterprise show Sept. 5 in SF

The five great reasons to attend TechCrunch’s Enterprise show Sept. 5 in SF The vast enterprise tech category is Silicon Valley’s richest, and today it’s poised to change faster than ever before. That’s probably the biggest reason to come to TechCrunch’s first-ever show focused entirely on enterprise. But here are five more […]

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China’s largest Q&A platform, Zhihu, raises $434 million from investors including Kuaishou, Baidu and Tencent

China’s largest Q&A platform, Zhihu, raises 4 million from investors including Kuaishou, Baidu and Tencent Zhihu, the largest question and answer platform in China, has raised a $434 million Series F. This is not only the company’s biggest round since it launched in 2011, but also one of the largest secured over […]

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TikTok-parent is getting into mobile search

TikTok-parent is getting into mobile search China’s ByteDance, which owns popular video sharing app TikTok, is already working to enter the smartphone business and the music streaming space. It appears the world’s most valued startup also has ambitions about developing its own search engine. Kind of. A company spokesperson told TechCrunch on Thursday […]

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Snap turns to search giant Baidu to court Chinese advertisers

Snap turns to search giant Baidu to court Chinese advertisers Two years have passed since Snap Inc first struck a deal with Baidu that authorized China’s largest search engine to be a reseller of Snapchat ads for companies in Greater China as well as Japan and South Korea, where Baidu runs a […]

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Andrew Ng to talk about how AI will transform business at TC Sessions: Enterprise

Andrew Ng to talk about how AI will transform business at TC Sessions: Enterprise When it comes to applying AI to the world around us, Andrew Ng has few if any peers. We are delighted to announce that the renowned founder, investor, AI expert and Stanford professor will join us on stage […]

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Cars-as-a-service, Alibaba and ridehailing, mental health, and the future of financial services

Cars-as-a-service, Alibaba and ridehailing, mental health, and the future of financial services The future of car ownership: Cars-as-a-service It’s Mobility Day at TechCrunch, and we’re hosting our Sessions event today in beautiful San Jose. That’s why we have a couple of related pieces on mobility at Extra Crunch. First, our automotive editor […]

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