NEW YORK, Dec. 10, 2013 /PRNewswire/ – Publishers can finally align their video assets with their editorial text using content relevance technology from veeseo. Proven in Europe with some of the region’s top websites, including AOL, Axel Springer, Handelsblatt, MSN and Spiegel, veeseo adds significant value to site editorial, which results in videos with mid-article placement, higher engagement scores, and clicks that remain on the publisher site. Touchstorm partnered with Hamburg-based veeseo GmbH to bring the technology to the North American market, setting up a new venture, veeseo North America, to run the business. Read more
Colin Jeavons of Search Engine Journal recently wrote, “Millions of people are already using semantic search and they don’t know it. Some of the world’s most popular search engines and social networking sites are using the technology to make it easier to make connections, learn, and explore interests. It’s quietly become a part of our lives, and innovative companies are pushing the technology and industry toward new horizons. So, what changed? Actually, it was users. Last year, 20 percent of Google searches were new, due to the fact that people started typing sentences and paragraphs into search engines, expecting keyword searches to operate like natural language. Today, user demands for answers to their questions are satiated with innovations like Google’s Hummingbird. People are now searching for ‘cheap flights to Miami on January 7th” rather than just ‘cheap flights.’ This change in consumer behavior is a significant milestone.” Read more
MIAMI–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Senzari® today announced MusicGraph, the world’s first knowledge engine for music, which will be available as a consumer app across most major mobile platforms, as well as a powerful “graph API” that can be leveraged by developers to enhance their applications with deep musical intelligence. MusicGraph contains over a billion facts that have been organized into a rich music ontology, which includes acoustical and lyrical features, detailed artist, album and song information, as well hundreds of other data points related user preferences. Read more
Jim Edwards of Business Insider recently speculated on Apple’s acquisition of Topsy Labs earlier this week. Edwards writes, “Why would the maker of iPads and iPhones need a small company that culls data from Twitter? The likely answer is that Apple needs help with something that is as old as the Internet itself: search. For most people, ‘search’ stopped being sexy more than 10 years ago, when Google proved that its search engine was pretty much the only one you needed. But Apple just dropped $US200 million on Topsy, likely in hopes of using Topsy’s data to improve recommendations when people search for apps and stuff in iTunes and the App Store.” Read more
SEATTLE–(BUSINESS WIRE)–December 02, 2013–Spectral Capital Corporation announced today it has completed the transaction to acquire majority control of Monitr, which includes all intellectual property and assets that the company has and will develop. Monitr is Spectral’s third acquisition in nine months.
Monitr has been developing its technology for a number of years that integrates semantic processing, data analytics, real time search and machine learning into one platform. The platform will also have a social media component. Read more
A new survey is just out reporting on how people are using Facebook. Just over 300 users were randomly selected by Stone Temple Consulting to gain some insight into Facebook feature awareness.
While not a definitive study (nor is it touted as one), one finding of interest to Semantic Web Blog readers is this: Below one-third of users have even heard of Graph Search, its functional semantic search engine for discovering relationships between entities in users’ networks of friends. It’s recently expanded from enabling queries around people, places, photos and interests culled from people’s profiles or pages (books your friends liked, for instance, or photos they took in San Francisco) to include searches of status updates, photo captions, check-ins and comments. Of those who do know what Graph Search is, just over one-third said that they had used it.
In their recent Technology Quarterly issue, The Economist discussed how predictive intelligence will lead to better virtual assistant applications that will leave Siri in the dust: “The next generation of assistant software aims to go one step further by pursuing an approach known as ‘predictive intelligence’. It exploits the fact that smartphones now have access to fast internet links and location data, and can draw upon personal information, address books, e-mail and calendars. The aim of these new assistants is to anticipate what information users need, based on context and past behaviour, and to provide it before they have even asked for it. Such an assistant might, for example, spontaneously suggest that you leave early for a meeting, because it has spotted heavy traffic en route; present directions to your hotel when you arrive in a foreign country; offer to book a taxi or hotel based on analysis of an incoming e-mail or text message; or offer personalised suggestions for dinner in the evening.” Read more
Last week, Emil Protalinski of The Next Web reported on Google’s latest search update: the arrival of the Chrome voice search “hotword” extension. The extension brings Google’s “OK Google” feature to the desktop. Protalinski writes, “You can download the new tool, currently in beta, now directly from the Chrome Web Store. Android users with version 4.4 KitKat will recognize the feature: it lets you talk to Google without first clicking or typing. It’s completely hands-free, provided you’re already on Google.com: just say ‘OK Google’ and then ask your question.” Read more
In case you missed it, last week Jim Benedetto, CTO of Gravity, shared an interesting idea on GigaOM for how to push the semantic web forward. He writes, “Everyone is always asking me how big our ontology is. How many nodes are in your ontology? How many edges do you have? Or the most common — how many terabytes of data do you have in your ontology? We live in a world where over a decade of attempted human curation, of a semantic web has born very little fruit. It should be quite clear to everyone at this point that this is a job only machines can handle. Yet we are still asking the wrong questions and building the wrong datasets.” Read more
Jim Edwards recently wrote an article in Seattle PI stating, “Adchemy, the Foster City, Calif., adtech startup, sold its lead generation business to XL Marketing earlier this month. So we thought it was a good time to check in with Murthy Nukala, the company’s founder and CEO, to see where Adchemy is going now. Business Insider named Adchemy one of our hottest adtech startups recently in part because the company has taken a huge amount of venture capital funding — $119 million over eight years. Its backers include Accenture and Microsoft. (For contrast, Rocket Fuel, which staged an IPO this year, had taken only $77 million before it went public.) Nukala is also a prominent brain in the adtech world: He attended both MIT and Harvard Business School.” Read more
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