Polly raises $7 million to automate internal polling in the workplace

Polly, a startup that makes it easy to conduct polls inside team communication apps like Microsoft Teams and Slack, announced the close of a $7 million funding round today led by Madrona Venture...

Google Play Store app rejections went up 55% last year

Google says it’s stepping up its efforts to prevent malicious apps from reaching Android smartphones, tablets, and other devices. In a blog post today, Andrew Ahn, product manager at Google Play, said the...

Web data extraction startup Import.io acquires Connote to bolster its IP and customer base

Import.io, a Los Gatos, California-based startup developing a toolset that can automatically scrape and process web data, today announced that it’s acquiring enterprise data extraction company Connotate for an undisclosed sum. The deal, Import.io CEO...

IBM’s AI takes on world-class debater in argument about preschool

IBM’s Project Debater, an AI system that can engage in live debate with humans, today faced off with 2016 World Debating Championships Grand Finalist and 2012 European Debate Champion Harish Natarajan. The debate was...

How AI is transforming enterprise analytics (VB Live)

As AI expands access to clean, rich data, governance, privacy, and protocol issues become more urgent, especially around privacy, bias, and fairness. To learn more about the kind of actionable insights AI delivers...

Data is not the new oil

Businesses that capture the biggest reserves of data hold a sustainable advantage that will leave competitors in the dust — so say luminaries, including former Intel Chief Executive Brian Krzanich, China investment guru Kai Fu...

Ogury raises $21 million to continue global expansion of mobile marketing cloud service

Ogury has raised $21 million in venture capital as the London-based startup continues to expand its cloud-based mobile marketing service. The company, which has now raised more than $63 million in venture capital, said...

Pinterest fully automates ecommerce with Shop the Look

Pinterest is bringing full automation to Shop the Look, a feature that helps users buy products from companies that work with Pinterest, so you can, for example, buy a pair of jeans you see...

Databricks raises $250 million for its data processing and AI platforms

Data processing company Databricks today announced the close of a $250 million funding round that raises its valuation to $2.75 billion. The round was led by Andreessen Horowitz, with participation from Microsoft, New...

Millennials may be the last generation to know so little about their health

One of the problems of the Second Artificial Intelligence (AI) Winter (1987-1993) was that there was not enough data to go around. We did not yet understand the value of “Big Data,” and...

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