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Parse Facebook deal sees developer boost in face of naysayers

Parse Facebook deal sees developer boost in face of naysayers

This week the folks at Facebook and Parse have announced that they're joining teams, effectively, as the social networking giant acquires the company known for backend infrastructure for mobile apps. As a selection of notes from developers has appeared in comments and forums surrounding the acquisition suggesting they'd leave Parse in fear of Facebook, Parse CEO suggests the opposite has been happening. Noting the service's growth rate has increased by more than 9.4 times its normal rate, Parse CEO Ilya Suhkar has made a case for Facebook's influence as wholly positive.

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Owners of Digg acquire the “read-it-later” app Instapaper

Owners of Digg acquire the “read-it-later” app Instapaper

Betaworks, the company that acquired Digg just last year, has just made a new acquisition. Marco Arment, the creator of the popular "read-it-later" app Instapaper stated on his blog that after much consideration, he has sold a majority stake of the app to Betaworks. He felt that Instapaper had grown "far beyond what one person can do" and decided that he needed to let it go in order for it to prosper.

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Wavii Google acquisition official in natural language bid

Wavii Google acquisition official in natural language bid

This week the folks at natural language technology startup Wavii have confirmed the rumor that they'd been acquired by Google. This deal will have Google growing their efforts to allow users speak to their software and hardware in an more natural way, relying less on pre-set command lines and suggestions. This exchange has the entire Wavii team joining Google in what appears to be a completely well-recieved transaction.

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Facebook and Parse reveal pending acquisition

Facebook and Parse reveal pending acquisition

Facebook and Parse have both respectively announced a pending acquisition by the former company of Parse, which provides cloud-based developer tools and services. The acquisition comes shortly after Facebook's first ever Mobile Developer Conference and the launch of new goodies for developers, such as Open Graph for mobile. Says the social network, Parse's addition to Facebook Platform will speed up development and bring with it new features.

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Google tipped to attain Wavii natural language startup

Google tipped to attain Wavii natural language startup

Google has been said to have acquired Wavii, a natural language processing startup. Wavii is a service that is said to operate the same way as Summly, the news app that was recently swiped up by Yahoo. Both services search for news stories from all around the web, and then create short summaries of the main points of these stories. While Summly gathers separate news articles, Wavii collects entire stories, and provides links to several different sources reporting on the story.

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Google acquires Behavio: social prediction connects with the big G

Google acquires Behavio: social prediction connects with the big G

When Google comes to your door - or your digital door - and tells you they'd like you to join their collective, generally you say yes, let's do it! That's what Behavio has announced they've done this week. Behavio is a company that was Knight Foundation funded and aimed to develop apps that would accurately detect social and behavioral trends of you, your friends, and everyone around you.

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