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Ecommerce service FACT-Finder acquires AI personalization shop Loop54

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FACT-Finder, a company that offers ecommerce companies tools to personalize their site with things like AI-driven recommendations, said it has acquired Loop54, a company that provides personalized search results. It's the latest in a trend of consolidation in the ecommerce world, where a host of companies arose to offer personalization with new technologies like AI, but now the bigger companies are gobbling up the smaller ones -- and specifically in the ecommerce software-as-a-service (SaaS) search market. On the smaller side, we reported last week on Coveo's acquisition of AI-powered personalization provider Qubit. On the much bigger side, yesterday, reports emerged that PayPal is making a $45 billion bid for e-commerce giant Pinterest. "With the expertise and unique approach that our new colleagues at Loop54 bring to the table, we will significantly expand our market leadership and push the bounds of what is possible in e-commerce," said Emile Bloemen, CEO of FACT-Finder.


This new Google search engine feature will compete with Facebook, Twitter in curating news

USATODAY - Tech Top Stories

Google is developing a new feature called Big Moments, which will compete with rivals Facebook and Twitter in delivering the latest breaking news updates during major events. The COVID-19 pandemic forced the search engine to react quickly and constantly to its users' needs for the latest and most authoritative information, according to Google. A team at Google has been working on the project for over a year, after the company struggled to provide the latest updates on the U.S. Capitol attack in January and Black Lives Matter protests last summer, says The Information, a Silicon Valley-basedtechnology news site. Big Moments hopes to build upon Google's Full Coverage feature, which it launched in Google News in 2018 and later integrated with its search engine in March of 2021. Full Coverage allows users to tap into a news headline and see how that story is reported from a variety of sources.


A Python Flask audio search application

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Note: This code pattern uses Watson Discovery V1 and will not work with Discovery V2. However, you can still use it to learn the Discovery features. Future plans include updating the code pattern to work with Discovery V2. This code pattern explains how to create an application that you can use to search for a topic within video and audio files. While listening to a podcast or to video or audio files of courses, you often want to jump directly to the topic rather than listening to extraneous information.


Google announces redesign of Search engine with more pictures and extra context about results

The Independent - Tech

Google has announced a new redesign of its search tools, making it more visual and adding in extra contextual information about its results. At its Search On event, the web giant also announced new features for Google Chrome and its Google Lens artificially-intelligent photo software. The main aesthetic change are visually browsable results, "for searches where you need inspiration" such as "pour painting ideas", Google says, which will surface a series of pictures at the top of search results without having to navigate to the Images tab. It will also bring in more contextual information, rolled out over the coming months, with a new'Things to know" section that includes "different dimensions people typically search for". For those searching how to paint with acrylics, for example, underneath the top result will be a series of drop-down results that include a step-by-step guide, tips, or style options.


Google is redesigning Search using A.I. technologies and new features – TechCrunch

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Google announced today it will be applying A.I. advancements, including a new technology called Multitask Unified Model (MUM) to improve Google Search. At the company's Search On event, the company demonstrated new features, including those that leverage MUM, to better connect web searchers to the content they're looking for, while also making web search feel more natural and intuitive. One of the features being launched is called "Things to know," which will focus on making it easier for people to understand new topics they're searching for. This feature understands how people typically explore various topics and then shows web searchers the aspects of the topic people are most likely to look at first. For example, Google explained, if you were searching for "acrylic painting," it may suggest "Things to know" like how to get started with painting, step-by-step, or the different styles of acrylic painting, tips about acrylic painting, how to clean acrylic paint, and more.


Harnessing the Power of Ego Network Layers for Link Prediction in Online Social Networks

arXiv.org Artificial Intelligence

Being able to recommend links between users in online social networks is important for users to connect with like-minded individuals as well as for the platforms themselves and third parties leveraging social media information to grow their business. Predictions are typically based on unsupervised or supervised learning, often leveraging simple yet effective graph topological information, such as the number of common neighbors. However, we argue that richer information about personal social structure of individuals might lead to better predictions. In this paper, we propose to leverage well-established social cognitive theories to improve link prediction performance. According to these theories, individuals arrange their social relationships along, on average, five concentric circles of decreasing intimacy. We postulate that relationships in different circles have different importance in predicting new links. In order to validate this claim, we focus on popular feature-extraction prediction algorithms (both unsupervised and supervised) and we extend them to include social-circles awareness. We validate the prediction performance of these circle-aware algorithms against several benchmarks (including their baseline versions as well as node-embedding- and GNN-based link prediction), leveraging two Twitter datasets comprising a community of video gamers and generic users. We show that social-awareness generally provides significant improvements in the prediction performance, beating also state-of-the-art solutions like node2vec and SEAL, and without increasing the computational complexity. Finally, we show that social-awareness can be used in place of using a classifier (which may be costly or impractical) for targeting a specific category of users.


Snapchat's Scan feature can identify dogs, plants, clothes, and more

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Snapchat's camera has to date mostly been associated with sending disappearing messages and goofy AR effects, like a virtual dancing hot dog. But what if it did things for you, like suggest ways to make your videos look and sound better? Or show you a similar shirt based on the one you're looking at? Starting Thursday, a feature called Scan is being upgraded and placed front and center in the app's camera, letting it identify a range of things in the real world, like clothes or dog breeds. Scan's prominent placement in Snapchat means that the company is slowly becoming not just a messaging app, but a visual search engine.


How Does Google Use Artificial Intelligence (AI)?

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Every time you search for something in Google, artificial intelligence is working behind the scenes to generate responses to your query. A deep learning system called RankBrain has changed the way the search engine functions. In many cases, RankBrain handles search queries better than traditional algorithmic rules that were hand-coded by human engineers, and Google realized a long time ago that AI is the future of their search platform. AI will try to understand exactly what we are searching for and then deliver personalized results to us, based on what it knows about us. You may not realize it, but AI is already deeply integrated into many of the Google products you are using today.


10 Best Examples of Artificial Intelligence in Everyday Life

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It is considered one of the best examples of AI in everyday life with improvements that increase the quality of the platform as well as the customer experience. Notice how you can type in "Red Bags" and get a list of red-colored bags instantly? It is made possible by the underlying AI algorithms, regularly categorizing product searches for efficient indexing.


In The U.S., Google Searches For 'Dating' Have Reached A 5-Year High

NPR Technology

A selection of online dating app logos are seen on a mobile phone screen. Google searches for "dating" have jumped to a 5-year high. A selection of online dating app logos are seen on a mobile phone screen. Google searches for "dating" have jumped to a 5-year high. It's the middle of what has already been dubbed a "Hot Vax Summer," and whether you're hesitant about getting back out there or ready to flirt, trending Google searches reveal that dating is definitely on our minds.