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Twiggle offers plug-and-play semantic search to online retailers


Twiggle is a company founded by two former Google employees. It promises to bring “semantic search” to e-commerce sites with minimal technical integration. Udi Manber, formerly head of search at Google and Amazon’s A9, is a board member. Last week, the company released a “Semantic API,” which “gives retailers the …

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Chrome Extensions: A vehicle for Amazon and Pinterest to compete with Google?


Search advertising has swelled to become an industry worth over $35 billion annually, yet it is still heavily driven by text-based searches and dominated by Google. However as Google’s index goes mobile-first, consumers get to grips with voice search, and technology advances to avail of image identification in our predominantly …

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Google Assistant to roll out across newer smartphones


Google is rolling out the Google Assistant to more devices. The announcement coincides with the Mobile World Congress event in Barcelona, Spain. Currently available on the Pixel smartphone, Android Wear, Google Home and its messaging app Allo, it will soon be available on Android 6.0 and 7.0 devices. Google Assistant …

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Can Pinterest crack (and monetise) visual search?


Pinterest made a clear declaration of intent last week with the announcement that Li Fan, Google’s former head of image search, has joined the photo sharing site as Head of Engineering. This appointment is reflective of a strategy to challenge both Google and Amazon in the product-based visual search market. …

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Survey: Alexa the most frequently used assistant, Cortana seen as most accurate


Here come the voice-search and virtual assistant surveys. Two weeks ago, Stone Temple Consulting released survey data on voice assistants. This week, HigherVisibility has published a survey asking similar questions of roughly 2,000 smartphone owners in the US. The most interesting finding in this new survey is the fact that …

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More than 30 million ‘voice-first’ devices in US homes by year end [Report]


There are now 8.2 million US homes with Amazon Echo/Alexa devices according to one estimate. And voice analytics company VoiceLabs says that Google has sold somewhere between 400,000 and 500,000 of its Google Home devices since launch. Echo and Home thus make a market approaching nine million “voice-first devices,” according …

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