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SimilarWeb raises $120M for its AI-based market intelligence platform for sites and apps – TechCrunch

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Israeli startup SimilarWeb has made a name for itself with an AI-based platform that lets sites and apps track and understand traffic not just on their own sites, but those of its competitors. The startup has raised $120 million, funding it will use to continue expanding its platform both through acquisitions and investing in its own R&D, with a focus on providing more analytics services to larger enterprises alongside its current base of individuals and companies of all sizes that do business on the web. But not, it seems, necessarily an IPO at the moment. Co-led by ION Crossover Partners and Viola Growth, the round doubles the total amount that the startup has raised to date to $240 million. Offer said that it was not disclosing its valuation this time around except to say that his company is now "playing in the big pool."


Gong Raises $200 Million to Surface Sales Insights with Artificial Intelligence

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Founded by Eilon Reshef and Amit Bendov, Gong is also a cloud-based business and uses AI (artificial intelligence) to transcribe and analyze …


Daily AI Roundup: The 5 Coolest Things On Earth Today

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AI Daily Roundup starts today! We are covering the top updates from around the world. The updates will feature state-of-the-art capabilities in artificial intelligence, Machine Learning, Robotic Process Automation, Fintech and human-system interactions. We will cover the role of AI Daily Roundup and their application in various industries and daily lives. Global, cloud-led, data-centric software company NetApp unveiled a groundbreaking serverless and storageless solution for containers from Spot by NetApp, new autonomous hybrid cloud volume platform, and cloud-based virtual desktop solutions.


Water quality and distribution monitoring software Ketos raises $18 million – TechCrunch

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Water quality and logistics monitoring software Ketos has raised $15 million from a group of investors to take advantage of the growing demand for better water management tools and technologies. The potential for more stringent regulatory oversight of industrial water use and wastewater management from local, state and federal government coupled with increasing consumer and investor demands for better corporate environmental stewardship is driving an unprecedented adoption of technology and services aimed at increasing conservation and reducing waste across industries. Water monitoring can also provide relevant information to public officials about the potential for disease outbreaks and other health related issues in a population. Recently, monitoring wastewater streams have been used to detect outbreaks of the virus that causes COVID-19. The renewed attention on water is one reason why an investment arm of the banking giant Citi joined lead investor Motley Fool Ventures and Illuminated Funds Group to come as new investors into Ketos.


Neo4j Announces First Graph Machine Learning for the Enterprise

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Until now, few companies outside of Google and Facebook have had the AI foresight and resources to leverage graph embeddings. This powerful and innovative technique calculates the shape of the surrounding network for each piece of data inside of a graph, enabling far better machine learning predictions. Neo4j for Graph Data Science version 1.4 democratizes these innovations to upend the way enterprises make predictions in diverse scenarios from fraud detection to tracking customer or patient journey, to drug discovery and knowledge graph completion. Caption: Graph embeddings are a powerful tool to abstract the complex structures of graphs and reduce their dimensionality. This technique opens up a wide range of uses for graph-based machine learning.


Four more European nations sign onto US 5G security agreements

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The US Department of State announced on Friday that it signed four more European nations to 5G security statements. The Slovak Republic, Bulgaria, and North Macedonia all made a joint declaration with the United States, while Kosovo signed a memorandum of understanding. The text of all four were very similar. "To promote a vibrant and robust 5G ecosystem, the Slovak Republic and the United States believe that a rigorous evaluation of suppliers and supply chains should take into account the rule of law; the security environment; ethical supplier practices; and a supplier's compliance with security standards and best practices," one of the declarations read. The declarations fall under Washington's Clean Network program announced in August to cover carriers, app stores, cloud computing, and subsea cables.


Do More With Less Data! -- One-shot Learning with Siamese Neural Networks

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This blog is written and maintained by students in the Professional Master's Program in the School of Computing Science at Simon Fraser University as part of their course credit. To learn more about this unique program, please visit {sfu.ca/computing/pmp}. Let's start with a news article that might scare you a bit. We will show you the good news later! Not less than four months ago, a student at Emily Carr University of Art and Design lost $600 from his bank account through fraudulent cheques.


Synthetaic raises $3.5M to train AI with synthetic data – TechCrunch

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Synthetaic is a startup working to create data -- specifically images -- that can be used to train artificial intelligence. Founder and CEO Corey Jaskolski's experience includes work with both National Geographic (where he was recently named Explorer of the Year) and a 3D media startup. In fact, he told me that his time with National Geographic made him aware of the need for more data sets in conservation. Well, Jaskolski said that he was working on a project that could automatically identify poachers and endangered animals from camera footage, and one of the major obstacles was the fact that there simply aren't enough existing images of either poachers (who don't generally appreciate being photographed) or certain endangered animals in the wild to train AI to detect them. He added that other companies are trying to create synthetic AI training data through 3D worldbuilding (in other words, "building a replica of the world that you want to have an AI learn in"), but in many cases, this approach is prohibitively expensive.


Artificial intelligence: Presidency issues conclusions on ensuring respect for fundamental rights

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The Presidency of the Council issued presidency conclusions on the charter of fundamental rights in the context of artificial intelligence and digital change. The text was supported or not objected to by 26 delegations. These conclusions are designed to anchor the EU's fundamental rights and values in the age of digitalisation, foster the EU's digital sovereignty and actively contribute to the global debate on the use of artificial intelligence with a view to shaping the international framework. The Presidency conclusions focus on a fundamental-rights based approach to artificial intelligence and provide guidance on dignity, freedoms, equality, solidarity, citizens' rights and justice.


Tesla's Full Self Driving mode is about to get more expensive, again

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Tesla's autonomous driving package, known as Full Self Driving or FSD, is about to get pricier. Early Thursday, Tesla CEO Elon Musk announced that the price for the next-level Autopilot system is going up by $2,000. It's currently listed at $8,000 on the Tesla website. FSD is strange in that Tesla charges people for self-driving features that aren't available yet. Eventually, Musk envisions Tesla vehicles operating as robotaxis with no one at the steering wheel.