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Why Google Assistant is smarter than Alexa (for now) — VentureBeat

“Alexa, how long will it take me to get to Chicago from here?” This question is not profoundly complex. In many ways, it’s more like a search query and it shouldn’t have anything to do with A.I. Yet, there are several important data points, and the Alexa assistant that runs on my Amazon Echo speaker…

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What creating SelenaBot taught me about the future — VentureBeat

GUEST: It was a normal Sunday afternoon in Los Angeles when I had a realization of what chatbots could be. I was working on my MacBook out of a coffeeshop called Alfreds, known to be a celebrity hotspot in West Hollywood. I go there regularly because of the friendly, laid-back environment. I personally couldn’t care less if…

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Giftbit lets retailers create their own e-commerce currency — TechCrunch

Giftbit, a company that operates a digital gift card marketplace for online retailers, is launching a new product today at TechCrunch Disrupt SF that will enable merchants to easily create their own custom currency — meaning gift cards, promo codes and refund credits — without having to build their own, internal systems. Available as an […]

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Health tech founders call for high ethical bar for use of women’s intimate data — TechCrunch

Entrepreneurs building tech products for women spoke at TechCrunch Disrupt SF today, and called on their peers in the industry to set a high ethical bar when it comes to using or sharing women’s intimate data. Janica Alvarez’s startup Naya Health makes a smart breast pump and bottle to help nursing mothers know exactly how […]

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Chatscene, an app for messaging people at the same event — TechCrunch

[tc_aol_on code=”57d83479869ea97c411b31fb”] It was a full house with hundreds of apps and products on display Startup Alley at TechCrunch Disrupt in San Francisco this week. One of the teams that caught our eye was Chatscene, an app for meeting and finding people nearby. While there are many messaging apps out there, Chatscene hopes that its […]

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YouTube gets its own social network with the launch of YouTube Community — TechCrunch

Confirming earlier reports that YouTube was planning to introduce more social networking features to its service, the company announced this morning the launch of YouTube Community, which allows video creators to better engage viewers using text, GIFs, images and more. The goal with the new features is to help keep creators from departing to competing […]

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