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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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LinkedIn acquires Pulse for $90m stock and cash

LinkedIn acquires Pulse for $90m stock and cash

While normally an acquisition like this would have a title devoid of the "stock and cash" bit, the LinkedIn purchase of Pulse is a bit more unique. Here the $90 million USD has been announced to be about 90% made up of stock options while the other 10% is made of cash. LinkedIn has made it clear in their announcement of this acquisition that they believe LinkedIn can be "the definitive professional publishing platform" and that Pulse is "a perfect compliment to this vision."

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Google tipped to pick up WhatsApp for $1 Billion

Google tipped to pick up WhatsApp for $1 Billion

It's just a billion bucks, why not purchase one of the quickest growing multi-platform message ecosystems in the mobile universe: WhatsApp? That's what Google has been rumored to be chatting about this week, as an inside source speaking with Digital Trends tells it. This is a story that feeds quite well into the idea that Google is creating their own every-device messaging app system the likes of which would transform their multi-tiered systems into a singular hero.

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