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Microsoft today is announcing the beta launch of version 2.0 of its open-source deep learning framework. Until now the software has been called Computational Network Toolkit, or CNTK for short, but now Micorosft is changing the name to Cognitive Toolkit. The new name lines up more clearly with Microsoft’s “cognitive” marketing push from the past few months.

Instead of just being accessible through the programming language C++, now Cognitive Toolkit has native support for Python (specifically Python 3; Python 2 support is coming). The lack of Python has been the single biggest deficiency of Cognitive Toolkit, Microsoft… Continue reading

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At its Dreamforce conference conference in San Francisco today, customer relationship management software company Salesforce announced the launch of LiveMessage, a feature of the existing Service Cloud product that will let customer support representatives communicate with customers across multiple messaging apps.

Speaking onstage during a keynote presentation, Salesforce cofounder and chief executive said LiveMessage is a way to support “conversation as a platform” — that is, simple text-oriented messaging apps that are so common to individuals can be and should be open to communication with businesses, too.

The technology for LiveMessage is based on Salesforce’s recent HeyWire… Continue reading

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Last month, when Peter Yared, the CTO and cofounder of Sapho, moderated a panel on the role of chatbots in the enterprise at VentureBeat MobileBeat 2016, opinions were drastically varied. People had varying opinions as to when, and more importantly how, chatbots would take shape within modern companies. Despite the differing opinions, all the panelists agreed that we are standing at the edge of massive change with regards to how companies use human-like — but totally machine-driven — conversations and tools to facilitate interactions internally and externally. It’s clear that chatbots are one… Continue reading

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Promising to do anything in under an hour is tough when it comes to technology. Yet, in a new post over the weekend, Daniel Peterschmidt (a former intern at NPR) turned digital producer says it is possible — and proves the point by providing detailed instructions.

I’m fascinated by these how-to-code tutorials because they reveal a desire among everyday users and techies alike to make bots. Judging from the comments, which are mostly praising him but also asking questions about tweaking the code (which means they are actually following the instructions), the concept is attracting a lot of interest. And why not? If you can really make a Twitter bot that responds to users in an hour, and if you can really use a tool like Gupshup or Chatfuel to create a Messenger bot, what else can you do?

You can read the full post on how to make the Twitter bot here.

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The Altiscale team in 2015.


Enterprise software company SAP is acquiring Altiscale, a startup that offers a cloud-based version of the Hadoop open source software for storing, processing, and analyzing lots of different kinds of data, VentureBeat has learned. News of the deal should be announced in the next few weeks.

The deal could be valued above $125 million. The investors are slated to receive three to four times as much money as they have put in, a source familiar with the matter told VentureBeat. The startup has raised at least $42 million in venture capital, including a $30 million round… Continue reading

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