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Twitter acquires machine-learning startup Whetlab

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In an effort to accelerate its "machine learning," Twitter announced Wednesday that it acquired Whetlab, a Cambridge-based start-up with a focus on artificial intelligence. Details on the acquisition were not immediately available, but Whetlab said on its website that Twitter will now have access to the start-up's technology and small team as part of the deal. Whetlab is a start-up that develops artificial intelligence technologies, which can be used for things such as object recognition, speech processing and computational biology, according to the company's website. With its innovative technology, Whetlab said, it aims to make "machine learning better and faster for companies, automatically." "Rather than having to hire doctorate-wielding machine learning experts to architect and tune your system, our patent-pending technology helps your engineers -- your team that already understands your data and your needs -- get the latest and greatest deep learning techniques going in days rather than months of years," Whetlab said on its website.

Salesforce buys hot deep learning startup MetaMind, services shutting down May 4


Salesforce has acquired MetaMind, a deep learning startup backed by Salesforce cofounder and chief executive Marc Benioff. The startup's services will stop working on May 4. Terms of the deal weren't disclosed. "Salesforce plans to integrate MetaMind's technology into Salesforce services," MetaMind cofounder and chief executive Richard Socher wrote in a blog post. "For unpaid web users, MetaMind's products will be discontinued on May 4. For our monthly recurring users, MetaMind's products will be discontinued on June 4. We'll delete any data we have stored for unpaid web users and monthly recurring users after April 11." Deep learning is a type of artificial intelligence that many large technology companies -- like Facebook, Google, Microsoft, and Twitter -- have invested in by way of acquisitions or in-house research.

Apple acquires Indian machine learning startup Tuplejump


Apple has reportedly acquired yet another startup company, and this time it is Hyderabad-based Tuplejump. The acquisition comes just a few months after the Cupertino giant bought Seattle-based Turi Inc. for 200 million and artificial intelligence startup Emotient for an undisclosed amount. The company had also acquired Perceptio last year. The iPhone maker hasn't confirmed the latest acquisition, but its spokesperson has given a hint to TechCrunch that the company may have bought it. He said that "Apple buys smaller technology companies from time to time, and we generally do not discuss our purpose or plans."

Source{d}, a Spanish startup using AI to match developers to jobs, raises 6M


The Spain-headquartered startup, which today is announcing 6 million in Series A funding, is using deep learning to help startups and larger companies recruit developers. Specifically, its AI tech is analysing the code of millions of developers via their open source contributions in order to match them to appropriate job openings. "We use this analysis to understand how good they are at any given language and framework and match them with companies looking for developers," is how Source{d} co-founder and COO Jorge Schnura explains it. He also says it isn't just about identifying code quality or a developer's ability, but also coding style and other nuances that differentiates one developer from another. "We can [find] people who are similar to your team," adds Schnura.

The 10 Hottest AI And Machine Learning Startups Of 2019


Investors just can't get enough of artificial intelligence and machine-learning startups--if the latest data on venture capital funding is any indication. Total funding for AI and machine-learning startups for the first three quarters of 2019 was $12.1 billion, surpassing last year's total of $10.2 billion, according to the PwC and CB Insights' MoneyTree report. With global spending on AI systems set to grow 28.4 percent annually to $97.9 billion, according to research firm IDC, these startups see an opportunity to build new hardware and software innovations that can fundamentally change the way we work and live. What follows is a look at the 10 hottest AI and machine-learning startups of 2019, whose products range from new AI hardware and open-source platforms to AI-powered sales applications.