Pinterest, Yahoo, Dropbox and the (kind of) quiet content-as-data revolution

Publié: janvier 6, 2014 dans Cloud, Content, Mergers and Acquisitions
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Yves Zieba:

#mna Pinterest acquires Visual Graph.

Originally posted on Gigaom:

If you’re keeping count, Pinterest’s acquisition of Visual Graph on Monday is at least the seventh of its kind by popular web companies in the last 15 or so months. The « kind » I’m referring to are machine learning startups, specifically those focused on analyzing the content of images and text. Yahoo, Dropbox, Facebook and Google have previously made moves of their own, because the next wave in big data for web properties is the content their users are producing.

A few acquisitions stand out off the of my head, although I’m sure there are more that have flown underneath the radar:

  • Google acquired DNNresearch in March 2013. The creation of University of Toronto professor Geoff Hinton and his lab, the company focused on deep learning (the « DNN » stands for deep neural networks) to improve the state of the art in image recognition in photos.
  • Dropbox acquired Anchovi Labs in…

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