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

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 messaging apps based on artificial intelligence — to help customer service teams, TechCrunch has confirmed. …

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Google reveals €3bn investment in European data centres

Google chief Sundar Pichai has said that the investment will support 13,000 full-time jobs a year in the European Union. Google’s top boss has said the tech giant is planning to invest €3bn to expand its data centres across Europe in the next two years. Chief executive Sundar Pichai said it will bring the company’s …

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AI Weekly: Automation in the workplace could disproportionately affect women

As AI and machine learning transform industries by automating much of the work currently done by humans, women’s careers will be disproportionately affected. That’s according to a McKinsey Global Institute report published earlier this year (“The future of women at work: Transitions in the age of automation“), which found that in the 10 economies (Canada, …

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Derilinx’s Deirdre Lee on harnessing the power of data

Deirdre Lee, CEO and founder of Derilinx, discusses how data transparency goes hand-in-hand with improved data security. As CEO and founder of Derilinx, Deirdre Lee plays a pivotal role in supporting both public and private sector clients to improve data access with the company’s own data portal. Here, in advance of her speaking engagement at …

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Google launches AI lab in Bangalore, India

Google today launched Google Research India, its first AI lab in India. The news comes today as Google also pledged to expand its AI-powered flood prediction system in India to warn nearby residents through smartphones or human volunteers. The lab will be led by IIIT Bangalore Infosys foundation chair professor Manish Gupta, who has a …

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Acronis raises $147 million for tools that back up, protect, and restore data

Data recovery juggernaut Acronis today announced it’s nabbed $147 million in an investment round led by Goldman Sachs at a valuation of over $1 billion, following on the heels of angel, debt, and later-stage raises from March 2014 to May 2016. The capital infusion brings Singapore- and Switzerland-based Acronis’ total raised to well over $150 …

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