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Why LinkedIn Bought Education Company Lynda.com for $1.5 Billion

LinkedIn CEO Jeff Weiner told the media that only a small minority of people on LinkedIn are looking for a job. That means they’re coming for other reasons, such as to learn new skills. Also it appears Lynda’s big library of videos was another reason for the purchase. Read more…

Microsoft: 2016 Will Be The Year Of Artificial Intelligence (AI)

Microsoft recently asked 16 members of its technology and research organization to predict the big trends of 2016. Almost all of them seem to be saying one thing: 2016 is going to be a huge year for artificial intelligence. Read more…

Rise of the Artificial Intelligence: X.ai Raises $23m More For Amy

Startup called X.ai — which helps you arrange meetings with other people by way of a virtual assistant — announced that it has raised $23 million. X.ai is not releasing details of its valuation, but we understand from reliable sources that it is now around $100 million. Read more…

The Rise Of Self-Help Tech And Why It’s Going To Be Big

Consumer adoption of self-help apps appears to be accelerating, given their proliferation and strong performance in app-store rankings. We believe investment activity in this space is about to ramp up. Read more…

Salesforce Is Actively Investing Acquiring SteelBrick for $360 Million

Salesforce Ventures, the investment arm of Salesforce has just acquired SteelBrick for $360 Million. It’s interesting that Salesforce chose to buy SteelBrick, which helps small businesses and passed up Apttus, a similar company that is geared for enterprise customers. Read more…

Why Chatbots Are Suddenly The Biggest Thing in Tech?

Chatbots have suddenly become the biggest thing in tech. They unlock the ability to provide personalized, interactive communication akin to talking to a human customer service or sales rep, but at scale for much cheaper than call centres. Read more…

The Reason Microsoft Acquired AI-Driven Key Board For $250M

Microsoft has just acquired London-based SwiftKey, the startup which employed artificial intelligence to create a ground-breaking predictive smartphone keyboard. Why? The predictive engine behind that keyboard could be put to many more uses. Read more…

How To Understand Machine Learning And How To Invest In It

The last few years have seen an explosion of interest in machine learning (ML) technology and potential applications. This might be part of why Google invests so heavily in ML, because improvements are strongly correlated with key business and financial metrics. Read more…

Microsoft Just Made A Big Bet On Digital Assistants

Microsoft’s CEO Satya Nadella’s has announced the emerging platform where he hopes to realize many of Microsoft’s ambitions: conversation as a platform, otherwise known as bots. “We think this can have as profound an impact as the previous platform shifts have had.” Read more…

Amazon Investing In AI To Create Its Next Billion Dollar Business

Not to be outdone by it’s rivals Apple and Google, Amazon is investing millions into artificial intelligence to create it’s next billion dollar business. Launching Echo, Amazon is making sure that in the great technology race it has more than just a seat at the table. Read more…