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Facebook has acquired Servicefriend, which builds ‘hybrid’ chatbots, for Calibra customer service

Facebook has acquired Servicefriend, which builds ‘hybrid’ chatbots, for Calibra customer service As Facebook prepares to launch its new cryptocurrency Libra in 2020, it’s putting the pieces in place to help it run. In one of the latest developments, it has acquired Servicefriend, a startup that built bots — chat clients for […]

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Chef CEO says he’ll continue to work with ICE in spite of protests

Chef CEO says he’ll continue to work with ICE in spite of protests Yesterday, software development tool maker Chef found itself in the middle of a firestorm after a Tweet called them out for doing business with DHS/ICE. Eventually it led to an influential open source developer removing a couple of key […]

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Vianai emerges with $50M seed and a mission to simplify machine learning tech

Vianai emerges with M seed and a mission to simplify machine learning tech You don’t see a startup get a $50 million seed round all that often, but such was the case with Vianai, an early stage startup launched by Vishal Sikka, former Infosys managing director and SAP executive. The company launched […]

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Google is investing $3.3B to build clean data centers in Europe

Google is investing .3B to build clean data centers in Europe Google announced today that it was investing 3 billion euro (approximately $3.3 billion USD) to expand its data center presence in Europe. What’s more, the company pledged the data centers would be environmentally friendly. This new investment is in addition to […]

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Aliro comes out of stealth with $2.7M to ‘democratize’ quantum computing with developer tools

Aliro comes out of stealth with .7M to ‘democratize’ quantum computing with developer tools It’s still early days for quantum computing, but we’re nonetheless seeing an interesting group of startups emerging that are helping the world take advantage of the new technology now. Aliro Technologies, a Harvard startup that has built a […]

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Salesforce brings AI power to its search tool

Salesforce brings AI power to its search tool Enterprise search tools have always suffered from the success of Google. Users wanted to find the content they needed internally in the same way they found it on the web. Enterprise search has never been able to meet those lofty expectations, but today Salesforce […]

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Salesforce is developing an app to help build a sustainable company

Salesforce is developing an app to help build a sustainable company Salesforce has always tried to be a socially responsible company, encouraging employees to work in the community, giving 1% of its profits to different causes and building and productizing the 1-1-1 philanthropic model. The company now wants to help other organizations […]

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LinkedIn launches skills assessments, tests that let you beef up your credentials for job hunting

LinkedIn launches skills assessments, tests that let you beef up your credentials for job hunting LinkedIn, the social networking service for the working world, is today taking the wraps off its latest effort to provide its users with better tools for presenting their professional selves, and to make the process of recruitment […]

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Data storage company Cloudian launches a new edge analytics subsidiary called Edgematrix

Data storage company Cloudian launches a new edge analytics subsidiary called Edgematrix Cloudian, a company that enables businesses to store and manage massive amounts of data, announced today the launch of Edgematrix, a new unit focused on edge analytics for large data sets. Edgematrix, a majority-owned subsidiary of Cloudian, will first be […]

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Daily Crunch: Salesforce launches vertical clouds

Daily Crunch: Salesforce launches vertical clouds The Daily Crunch is TechCrunch’s roundup of our biggest and most important stories. If you’d like to get this delivered to your inbox every day at around 9am Pacific, you can subscribe here. 1. Salesforce doubles down on verticals, launches Manufacturing and Consumer Goods Clouds Salesforce […]

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