Amy Gesenhues of Search Engine Land reports, “To celebrate its 5th birthday today, Bing has posted a retrospective of the last five years and is offering Bing Reward credit perks for any users who search on the site between now and June 9. Going all the way back to 2009, Microsoft’s search engine outlined its initial goals of leveraging semantic search. Bing noted how it introduced specific verticals (“like Health and Travel”), and offered “left rail categories” to help users drill down into the information they wanted: ‘Searching for Chicago would show you both categories for the city and the band, and only return results that made sense for that category. Later in the year, we built additional vertical experiences that cleanly segregated the mass of web content into understandable and logical experiences, like TV entertainment, Shopping, electronics, and more’.” Read more
NEW YORK, June 4, 2014 (ADOTAS) – Sizmek Inc. (SZMK), a global open ad management company that delivers multiscreen campaigns, announced today that Peer39, its suite of data solutions, has made available new weather targeting attributes for pre-bid buying platforms such as AppNexus. For the first time in the industry, advertisers, agencies and trading desks can target programmatic buys using a variety of pre-bid weather data attributes including temperature ranges, presence of various weather events, current conditions, flu severity and, soon, pollen counts. Read more
New Startup Skymind Offers Support for Open Source Deep Learning
Derrick Harris of GigaOM reports, “A San Francisco-based startup called Skymind launched on Monday to offer support and services for deeplearning4j, an open source deep learning project it has created. It’s early to tell how much traction deep learning will gain among mainstream companies or even web companies, but the technology does hold a lot of promise. The existence of open source libraries backed by professional services could certainly help spur adoption – especially for a field of data analysis previously relegated to top universities and research labs at companies such as Google, Microsoft, Facebook and Baidu.” Read more
Apple’s announcements at its WorldWide Developers’ Conference today had the crowd responding enthusiastically (of course, it was an Apple’s Developers Conference, so that just comes with the territory).
Much of the applause came in response to the new iOS 8 and its enhanced capabilities. As had been expected, as part of this, virtual assistant Siri got a bit of a facelift.
In the new iOS 8 for iPhones and iPads, due in the fall, there’s no need to touch your iPhone if it’s plugged in and you’ve got a question that needs answering and no hands to touch the mike. Apple also has partnered with music recognition service Shazam so that Siri now can recognize songs playing around them, and purchase them too; Shazam creates digital fingerprints of the audio it hears and matches it against its database of millions of tracks. Its natural language processing is fluent in 22 languages now, and streaming voice recognition means you can see what you’re saying as you are saying it.
We’re pleased to report that “DATAVERSITY™ Education, LLC, and SemanticWeb.com announced the agenda and opening of registration for the tenth annual Semantic Technology & Business Conference (SemTechBiz). To view the three-day agenda or learn more about the conference speakers and registration options visitwww.SemTechBiz.com. SemTechBiz will take place in San Jose, California, August 19-21, 2014, at the San Jose Convention Center. The conference will be co-located with the NoSQL Now! Conference for the first time in conference history. Tony Shaw, CEO of DATAVERSITY says, ‘Binging together these two vibrant professional communities was top priority for this year’s conference success.’ Additionally, DATAVERSITY will partner with SemanticWeb.com to launch a new event, the Cognitive Computing Forum, which will also be co-located in San Jose that week.” Read more
Karlin Kellington of The Irish Times reports, “In the wake of recent European Court of Justice decisions on privacy, and ongoing, divergent debates in the US and EU over net neutrality and copyright, are we about to end up with two markets divided by legislative approaches to the internet? Many think the possibility is growing of two differing jurisdictions, which will offer headaches and more complexity. However, there could be fresh opportunity for European businesses, too. The April decision by the ECJ to throw out Europe’s 2006 Data Retention Directive as well as the more recent ruling that Google is a data controller subject to national data protection laws in Europe which also can be forced to remove limited types of content on request, indicated the EU will prioritise personal privacy over certain business or government security arguments.” Read more
Semantic Technology and Business Conference Announces the Launch of the Agenda and Opens Registration Today
The Semantic Technology and Business Conference has announced its agenda for the tenth annual conference taking place August 19-21 in San Jose, CA. According to a new release out of the conference, “Today DATAVERSITY™ Education, LLC, and SemanticWeb.com announced the agenda and opening of registration for the tenth annual Semantic Technology & Business Conference (SemTechBiz). To view the three-day agenda or learn more about the conference speakers and registration options visit www.SemTechBiz.com. SemTechBiz will take place in San Jose, California, August 19-21, 2014, at the San Jose Convention Center.” Read more
RALEIGH, NC and SAN JOSE, CA – May 20, 2014 - TopQuadrant™, a leading semantic data integration company, and Smartlogic, a content intelligence company, today announced a partnership to integrate both parties’ capabilities for linking structured and unstructured data. This strategic alliance will include technology exchange, joint product development and sales collaboration to provide a semantically enabled solution that unifies diverse information across the enterprise.
Overcoming Challenges of Siloed Data (and Thinking)
“One of the ongoing challenges to realizing the insights in big data is that it sits in separate silos – data warehouses, content stores, information feeds and social media, and represents the everyday interaction of human minds,” said Jeremy Bentley, CEO, Smartlogic. “With TopQuadrant’s proven expertise in data virtualization and Smartlogic’s content intelligence, this alliance will deliver a unified view over all the information relevant to the enterprise, regardless of location or type.” Read more
Jordyn Taylor of Beta Beat reports, “In case you needed more proof that all our jobs will one day be occupied by robots, a Hong Kong V.C. firm has just named an artificial intelligence tool to its board of directors. The company’s also insisting the tool will be treated as an ‘equal’ to the other board members. Sure, it’s all probably a bid for press — but it’s still pretty funny.”
Taylor continues, “A press release from Aging Analytics UK, a company that conducts research on biotechnology and regenerative medicine, made two announcements this morning: first, that they’ve launched an new A.I. tool called VITAL (Validating Investment Tool for Advancing Life Sciences); and second, that they’ve licensed VITAL to Hong Kong V.C. firm Deep Knowledge Ventures, where the tool will become an ‘equal member of its Board of Directors.’ Read more
Paxata Named a Cool Vendor In Gartner’s Cool Vendors for Data Integration and Data Quality, 2014 Report
REDWOOD CITY, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)– Paxata, pioneers of the first Adaptive Data Preparation™ platform that rapidly connects, explores, transforms and combines data, today announced that it has been recognized by Gartner as one of three Cool Vendors in Data Integration and Data Quality. Each year, Gartner publishes a series of research reports in key technology areas that highlight interesting, new and innovative vendors, products and services. Paxata delivers a cloud-based, self-service environment for data integration, transformation, quality, enrichment and governance, purpose-built for business analysts. For the full report, click here. Read more