Jay Myers of BestBuy recently wrote, “Shortly before Black Friday, one of my colleagues approached me with a curious question. ‘Mr. SVP XYZ was talking today about us creating a promo page of ‘stocking stuffers’. Do you think you could produce a list of products that might be ‘stocking stuffers’?’. After some discussion, we agreed that these products would be under $20 and be 5”x5” or smaller to qualify as a stocking stuffer. In a couple hours time we had a SPARQL generated list of 190 products (thank you @bsletten) on a promo page for anyone who searched for the ‘stocking stuffers’ phrase. A classic last minute, rogue (skunkworks?) effort.” Read more
NEW YORK, NY–(Marketwired – Dec 9, 2013) – 24/7 Media, Inc., WPP Digital’s marketing technology company which will be merging with Xaxis early in 2014, today announced its acquisition of Crystal Semantics from ad pepper media International. Crystal Semantics is an award-winning provider of semantic advertising solutions.
By fully integrating Crystal Semantics’ solutions into its market-leading technology platform, 24/7 Media provides its advertiser and publisher clients worldwide with a highly advanced semantic advertising and brand safety platform that is unique in the market today. Read more
Booz Allen Hamilton is searching for a System Administrator/Software Engineer in McLean, VA. According to the post, this position will “Serve as the primary system administrator of the FSG’s IBM Rational Suite of applications and the backup system administrator of the FSG’s Smart Suite set of applications. Release and deploy new versions of and upgrades to these applications systematically. Provide customer support to application users. This position may support remote delivery and is located in McLean, VA.” Read more
Barbara Starr of Search Engine Land recently wrote, “Ever since the Hummingbird update, there has been a ton of Internet buzz about entity search. What is entity search? How does it work? And what exactly is an ‘entity’? However, the topic of entity search as it relates to e-commerce and Google Shopping has been neglected. Everything you have learned to date about entity search, semantic search and the semantic Web also applies to e-commerce. The big difference in the shopping vertical compared to other search verticals is that all entities searched for are of the same type. Every product in Google is, in fact, an entity of type ‘product.’ It should therefore be treated and optimized as such.” 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
The holiday shopping window is starting to close. How far along have you gotten?
To help out, we’ve compiled a list of some gift-giving ideas with a little bit of smarts to them.
Anki DRIVE: Artificial intelligence comes to the video game world. This one’s getting a lot of buzz – some are even heralding it as the season’s hottest toy. TIME Magazine has put it on its Top 25 innovations list, too. Each car, the company says, thinks for itself. The recipient of your gift can control it with an iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad or iPad Mini to go up against friends or AI-enabled opponents, but the car can drive itself and make its own decisions as it does so, becoming more sophisticated the more you drive and even deciding to take out players. The game comes with a physical track, two intelligent cars and the downloadable Anki DRIVE app. Check out the video here.
Varen Technologies is looking for a Senior Software Ontology Subject Matter Expert in Fort Meade, MD. According to the post, “Successful candidate will perform technical planning, software systems development and integration with various languages and domains, verification and validation, cost and risk, and supportability and effectiveness for total software systems. Advises and supports the customer in the development of solutions. Responsible for performing technical planning, software systems development, systems integration, verification and validation, cost and risk, and supportability and effectiveness for total software systems. Total software system product may include: concept design, test, installation, operation, maintenance and disposal. Involves comprehensive knowledge of the ontology field and the ability to complete very difficult and extremely complex assignments.” Read more
John Cook of GeekWire reports, “Concurix, a Kirkland startup led by former AOL Chief Technology Officer Alexander Gounares, has $1 million in fresh capital that it will use to continue development of a monitoring service that helps developers visualize millions of lines of codes. Total funding in the startup now stands at $2 million, following an earlier round that closed last year from GSharp Ventures and others. Just yesterday, Concurix announced a new “semantic monitoring service” for Node.js applications. ‘We are able to automatically instrument and monitor an entire Node.js application, even ones with millions of lines of code,’ Gounares tells GeekWire. ‘This enables our customers to to quickly find and diagnose performance bottlenecks and latency issues in their web and mobile applications, improving their own customer experience and reducing data center costs’.” Read more
CHICAGO, Dec. 4, 2013 /PRNewswire/ – TMS, the international leader in entertainment navigation, and Jinni, the first and only taste-and-mood based semantic discovery engine for video, have announced that Jinni is using TMS’ world-class On®Entertainment metadata to provide availability information for linear TV and OTT content on its new ‘My TV & Movie Guide’ iPad app and web service. As a result, once consumers find something great to watch using Jinni’s taste and mood based recommendation engine, they can easily find when and where to watch it. Jinni’s superior recommendations are seamlessly integrated into the viewing experience and deliver the most personalized and relevant TV and movie options to end users. Read more
Siemens Healthcare Sector is looking for a Staff Software Engineer in Malvern, PA. The post states, “The Staff Software Engineer will perform analysis, design, implementation, and testing of advanced clinical informatics software and knowledge systems. The position includes being part of a small team aimed at spearheading early clinical informatics development efforts by establishing early business requirements, service and knowledge oriented architectures and rapid development of prototypes with minimal supervision. (S)he will report to the Senior Manager, R&D who is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the innovations center.” Read more