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Big Data is a Powerful Asset for Business Success

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Various business trends today, such as the use of artificial intelligence and multimedia visual marketing, are connected to the concept of Big Data. Every action internet users take generates a data trail, and the amount of machine-generated data is growing too. Using this data effectively can give businesses an edge in today's competitive environment. Analyzing Big Data helps them to achieve better results in many areas of business with minimum wasted effort and costs. Big Data refers to large amounts of information.


Find any file anywhere: Cloudtenna targets local and cloud file search

ZDNet

Here is a step-by-step guide to reducing your digital footprint online, whether you want to lock down data or vanish entirely. The combination of big data and (relatively) cheap cloud storage has led to an explosion in efforts to make stored files findable. Google has Cloud Search, Elastic recently scored a $4B IPO, and other startups like Coveo and butter.ai Cloudtenna is another startup in the space that is announcing an expansion of their cloud search engine, called DirectSearch. The new product adds a machine learning platform that find files across disparate platforms, including Dropbox, Box, Microsoft OneDrive, Google Drive, Outlook, Gmail, Slack, Atlassian JIRA and Confluence, and local file servers.


Can China's new AI news anchors give Anderson Cooper a run for his money?

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China's state-owned Xinhua News Agency introduced so-called "composite anchors" on Wednesday, combining the images and voices of human anchors with artificial intelligence (AI) technology. The new AI anchors, launched by Xinhua and Beijing-based search engine operator Sogou during the World Internet Conference in Wuzhen, can deliver the news with "the same effect" as human anchors because the machine learning programme is able to synthesise realistic-looking speech, lip movements and facial expressions, according to a Xinhua news report on Wednesday. "AI anchors have officially become members of the Xinhua News Agency reporting team. They will work with other anchors to bring you authoritative, timely and accurate news information in both Chinese and English," Xinhua said. The AI anchors are now available throughout Xinhua's internet and mobile platforms such as its official Chinese and English apps, WeChat public account, and online TV webpage.


Google algorithm monitors searches to spot restaurants that could give you food poisoning

Daily Mail

Google may soon tell you which restaurants could give you food poisoning. The tech giant is working with Harvard University to develop an algorithm that analyzes Google searches to spot which restaurants might have food safety issues. Researchers say it's capable of flagging possible offenders in'near real time.' They created a machine-learning based algorithm to identify unsafe restaurants, training it to look for specific search terms and location data. The model is called FINDER, or Foodborne Illness Detector in Real Time.


Google: Here's how our Chrome ad blocker is killing off pirates

ZDNet

Google has released its 2018 report detailing its latest efforts to combat piracy amid ongoing pressure from copyright owners and lawmakers to do more. But Google also uses the report to make its case against targeting search engines with copyright takedown requests under the US Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA). And for the first time it details the impact that Chrome's in-built ad blocker is having on pirate sites. Google switched on the ad filter in February to target annoying and intrusive ads, such as pop-up ads and ones that play automatically with sound. Though Google has never positioned Chrome's ad blocker as a tool to combat piracy, it says there's anecdotal evidence that the feature is turning off revenues for pirate sites.


Experimentation & Measurement for Search Engine Optimization

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For many of our potential guests, planning a trip starts at the search engine. At Airbnb, we want our product to be painless to find for past guests, and easy to discover for new ones. Search engine optimization (SEO) is the process of improving our site -- and more specifically our landing pages--to ensure that when a traveller looks for accommodations for their next trip, Airbnb is one of the top results on their favorite search engine. Search engines such as Google, Yahoo, Naver, and Baidu deploy their own fleet of "bots" across the internet to build map of the web and scrape information, or "index", from the pages that they hit. When indexing pages and ranking them for specific search queries, search engines will take into account a variety of factors, including relevance, site performance, and authority.


Farewell Google's clean homepage: New Discover feed will guess your interests

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Google has started rolling out its new Discover feed to US users visiting google.com Google announced the new feed as part of its 20th anniversary revamp of search on mobile, which replaces today's clean blank page with a search box with many more suggestions, in line with the Google app for iOS and Android. Google wants the site to surface relevant information for users by predicting what they're interested in rather than waiting for users to type in a search term. As 9to5Google reports, Google's mobile search site now has a feed of cards with suggested content under a topic category with the Discover star icon. Clicking the topic displays more related articles and allows users to follow the topic.


Simple Answers to Artificial Intelligence's FAQs. – Hacker Noon

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Regularly receiving queries about Artificial Intelligence is of course flattering, but can also be bothersome, as some of the most regularly asked questions could easily be answered via a quick Google search. A number of people are however wary of doing so, partly because of movies' unrealistic image of A.I (among other unrealistic expectations), and the current startup culture which venerates coders and techies, putting them and their knowledge on a pedestal. With that in mind, below is a simple, quick and no-nonsense look at A.I through the lens of the questions I most frequently get asked. A.I is not a mere constellation of processes and technologies, but also a business topic and an academic matter, while also being an ethics concern (among other things). I'd argue that to keep things very easy you could define A.I in three ways: I mean, yes, of course.


Google pledges $25 million in new artificial intelligence challenge

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Google's artificial intelligence chief Jeff Dean speaks at an event Monday. Google says it wants to help people do positive things with artificial intelligence. The search giant on Monday announced a new challenge for nonprofits, universities and other organizations working on AI projects that will benefit society. The contest is called the AI Global Impact Challenge, and the company has pledged $25 million in grants. The challenge is part of a new Google initiative called "AI for Social Good."


Search engine for CCTV lets you find people from their description

New Scientist

Finding someone in a surveillance video could soon be as easy as Googling them. Descriptions of people of interest, such as a suspect or a missing person, are normally given in terms of their height, gender or clothing. But using this information to find a short woman wearing a red jacket in a video, say, often requires scanning hours of footage manually, which is no easy task. But a new search tool can do it automatically.