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Recurly raises $19.5 million to boost subscription revenue with machine learning

Subscriptions are big business. McKinsey & Company estimates that 15% of online shoppers have signed up for one or more product subscriptions within the past several years, and it pegs the growth rate of the recurring ecommerce market from 2013 to 2018 at over 100% a year. A separate report by cloud-based subscription management platform …

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Google AI's ALBERT claims top spot in multiple NLP performance benchmarks

Google AI’s ALBERT claims top spot in multiple NLP performance benchmarks

Researchers from Google AI (formerly Google Research) and Toyota Technological Institute of Chicago have created ALBERT, an AI model that achieves state-of-the-art results that exceed human performance. ALBERT now claims first place on major NLP performance leaderboards for benchmarks like GLUE and SQuAD 2.0, and high RACE performance score. On the Stanford Question Answering Dataset benchmark (SQUAD), ALBERT …

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Google Assistant can now launch games, capture screenshots, and more on Xbox One

Google Assistant can now launch games, capture screenshots, and more on Xbox One

Add the Xbox One to the long list of things Google Assistant can control. This morning, Microsoft and Google jointly announced the Xbox Action, which enables console owners of any Assistant-enabled smart speaker, smart display, or mobile device (iOS or Android) to launch games, automatically queue up and load apps, and more with their voice. …

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Alexa gains multilingual mode, celebrity voices, and frustration detection

Alexa gains multilingual mode, celebrity voices, and frustration detection

Alexa is gaining more humanlike speech — and learning to understand multiple languages at once. Starting today, Amazon’s launching a multilingual mode that can automatically detect both Spanish and English in the U.S., French and English in Canada, and Hindi and English in India. Alexa will respond with content and skills appropriate for the recognized …

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Hyundai and Aptiv form $4 billion pact to build self-driving cars

Hyundai and Aptiv form $4 billion pact to build self-driving cars

(Reuters) — Hyundai Motor Group will invest $1.6 billion in a joint venture to develop self-driving vehicle technologies with Aptiv, the biggest overseas investment by the South Korean carmaker to catch up to rivals in the autonomous car market. Global carmakers and their suppliers are forging alliances to develop autonomous car technologies partly due to …

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