Posts Tagged ‘semantic engine’

Mobile Republic Raises $6M for News Aggregator

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Liam Boogar of Rude Baguette reports, “At the Intel Capital Global Summit today in San Diego, California, Bordeaux-based startup Mobiles Republic (which runs News Republic) announced a $6 Million round of funding from Intel Capital, XAnge Private Equity & Creathor Venture, in order to support product development & expansion into the US market. The application relies on a powerful real-time semantic engine which allows them not only to provide ‘context aware advertising’ but also to filter based on personalized preferences.” Read more

CoolaData Raises $7.4M for Analytics Platform

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Derrick Harris of GigaOM reports, “CoolaData, a Tel Aviv, Israel-based startup, has raised a $7.4 million series A round for its behavioral analytics service that’s built entirely atop Google’s cloud computing platform. Greylock IL and Carmel Ventures led the round. The company came about a year ago after co-founders Tomer Ben Moshe and Guy Greenberg were running a consulting business and realized a “tremendous hunger for what [they] call unified behavioral analytics,” Ben Moshe said during a recent interview. What that means is companies want to take all the data they’re collecting via web applications, combine it with internal data and then do things like cohort analysis, clustering and other statistical-analysis functions on top of it.” Read more

News Curation Platform Paper.li Raises $2M

Steve O’Hear of TechCrunch reports, “Smallrivers, the Swiss startup behind news curation platform Paper.li, has raised further funding: $2 million from Debioinvestment, and Polytech Ventures (co-founded by the Swiss Federal Institute of Technologies where SmallRivers is based), along with existing investors/shareholders, including Kima Ventures, and various European angels, as well as co-founder Edouard Lambelet. The new capital, which brings total funding to date to $7 million, will be used to consolidate revenue growth, with the aim to break even in the coming year, and deploy what Paper.li is describing as a new ‘semantic analysis engine’ that will offer curators additional content discovery and filtering capabilities to make it even easier to build their own online newspapers.” Read more

Rumble & FanIQ Announce Partnership With Launch Of Mobile App

NEW YORK, Sept. 10, 2013 /PRNewswire/ – Rumble, the mobile-first publisher platform, is pleased to announce their partnership with FanIQ, a PulsePoint, Inc company and one of the largest online communities for sports content and news. The new FanIQ mobile app, powered by Rumble, is now available in iTunes for iPhone and iPad and Google Play for Android. With the partnership, FanIQ can now provide their 8 million readers with an enhanced mobile experience and the ability to explore, read and share their favorite sports news, opinion and trivia on any mobile device.   Read more

German Engineers Developing a Semantic Music Analysis Engine

9News recently reported, “A computer-based music analysis engine, which should automatically recognise and classify music genres worldwide, is under development in Germany. If successful, the Global Music Database being compiled by the Franz Liszt Music Conservatory at Weimar, Germany will be able to show how pop stars like Shakira are often influenced by traditional music in crafting their hits. According to Tiago de Oliveira Pinto from the school, an analysis of Shakira’s music shows links to Cumbia, a style which originated in the musical and cultural fusion among native Colombians, slaves brought from Africa and the colonial-era Spanish. The pilot project makes it possible in a short period to identify a single musical piece’s historical and stylistic influences, for example the Brazilian samba of Roda, which first appeared in the state of Bahai but has its origins in Angola.” Read more

Xbox Partners with Video Discovery Startup Jinni

Darrell Etherington of Tech Crunch recently reported, “After a successful pilot project, Tel Aviv startup Jinni [a company we have covered multiple times over recent years], a provider of natural language processing-based video content recommendations, has been chosen by Xbox to power its Xbox content catalog recommendations over the course of a multi-year licensing agreement. Jinni wouldn’t reveal the terms of the deal, but it will bring their tech front and center to the Xbox and its show and movie library.” Read more

NLP Company Versus IO Raises $2.8M

David Meyer of GigaOM writes, “In the development of natural language processing, the semantic web and so on, e-commerce provides a rich breeding ground. Companies such as Amazon and Google always want to find better ways to learn what it is potential customers are looking for, so the technology follows the commercial imperative. A Berlin startup called Versus IO is trying to apply natural language algorithms in its product comparison service, and it’s just closed a $2.8 million Series A round to do so. The round was led by Earlybird Venture Capital and also includes Dave McClure, who previously invested $100,000, and angels Lars Dittrich and Dario Suter.” Read more

Knowillage Releases Knowillage LeaP

Knowillage Systems recently announced “the availability of the Knowillage LEArning Path (LeaP), an integrated course tool that gives Canvas LMS users the power of personalization and adaptive learning. LeaP provides students with personalized learning paths – using existing course content, as well as open educational resources – and facilitates the rapid definition of custom courses, all in a way that’s intuitive and easy-to-use by teachers and students alike.” Read more

Nokusa EI Partners with Firestring on Semantic Engine, Serendipity

IT Web recently reported, “Nokusa EI has established a partnership with Firestring – one of the most significant new information management tools to arrive in the enterprise space. ‘The system has huge potential in using the principals of social media for business,’ says Kotze. ‘What we do as humans is collaborate. While an organisation may exist in the sense of bricks and mortar, it’s the interaction of people that actually constitutes the work of the company. Firestring allows people in large organisations to interact instinctively and organically, and in addition, it brings information and people together through its semantic engine. The engine, Serendipity, automatically tags information on behalf of users, which means manual indexing to bring structure to information is no longer necessary’.” Read more

Pragmatech’s CTRL Semantic Engine Puts The Focus On Key Topics

At the Semantic Web Business and Technology Conference in San Francisco in 2011, a company called Pragmatech presented a prototype of its CTRL semantic engine. Now, a little more than a year later, it’s launching products and services, as well as an API, for business and general public use.

The Daily Star, an English language news publication in the Middle East, is one of the early adopters of CTRL for its web site. The semantic technology powers the news site’s surfacing of topically related stories, summaries of an article, and entities extracted from it. Soon, readers also will be able to follow topics related to articles as well.

“Many semantic technologies do entity extraction at a shallow level,” says Dr. Walid Saba, who leads the R&D team at Pragmatech. “We go deeper.” As an example, readers of The Daily Star wanting to explore stories by following a key topic – a particular world figure as a diplomat, rather than in his or her other past role as a businessperson, for instance – will be directed to stories specific to that. Within the first couple of weeks of deployment, the news site more than tripled user engagement, Saba says.

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