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Google buys natural language startup Wavii, Apple loses out

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Google buys natural language startup Wavii, Apple loses out
Google has been working hard to improve its natural language technology recently. First, we heard about the neural network (Google brain) that is being used, then Google hired Ray Kurzweil. Now, Google has agreed to purchase natural language startup Wavii, and the company outbid Apple to do it.

According to TechCrunch, Google has agreed to purchase Wavii for "more than $30 million", but the exact number isn't known. The price got that high because apparently Google and Apple were in a bidding war for the startup. Apple had obviously wanted the company in order to improve Siri, but Google won out on this one. 

Wavii technology could become a part of Google Now and Android's voice commands, but the 25-person team is planned to join Google's Knowledge Graph division to work on semantic search and beefing up the sidebar results, which eventually become Google Now cards. The deal hasn't been officially announced, so there's no word on what will happen to Wavii's iOS app.

source: TechCrunch

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posted on 23 Apr 2013, 20:35 13

1. ama3654 (Posts: 249; Member since: 27 Nov 2012)


Well done Google, show them who's boss!!!

posted on 24 Apr 2013, 02:19 1

10. anywherehome (Posts: 971; Member since: 13 Dec 2011)


Apple need not to innovate:
their sales are mostly outdated iPhones 4s and old iPads, so their customers are simply dumb to pay such a high price for the outdated devices so for Apple is very easy to do a business

posted on 23 Apr 2013, 21:14 12

2. BattleBrat (Posts: 1145; Member since: 26 Oct 2011)


Damn, Google's speech recognition is already superior to apple's (and this coming from someone who has an iPhone 4s and a Moto Droid RAZR) With this it'll get BETTER? Google will be unstoppable!

posted on 23 Apr 2013, 21:17 4

3. Aeires (unregistered)


So the richest company on the planet was outbid by their competition? Never thought I'd see the day.

posted on 23 Apr 2013, 21:21 4

4. joey_sfb (Posts: 3100; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)


Apple is the modern day Scrooge McDuck. So no surprises for me.

posted on 24 Apr 2013, 13:39 1

13. MorePhonesThanNeeded (Posts: 645; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


More like Flintheart Glumgold than McDuck.

posted on 23 Apr 2013, 21:41 4

7. lyndon420 (Posts: 1782; Member since: 11 Jul 2012)


Apple's slogan "You don't get rich by spending money. You get rich by overcharging".

posted on 24 Apr 2013, 08:35

12. gmracer1 (Posts: 646; Member since: 28 Dec 2012)


Samsung has more money than Apple........

posted on 23 Apr 2013, 21:27 1

5. Ninetysix (Posts: 1669; Member since: 08 Oct 2012)


Why innovate when you can buy? Add it to this LONG list.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_mergers_and_acquisitions_by_Google

posted on 23 Apr 2013, 21:38 5

6. MichaelHeller (Posts: 2686; Member since: 26 May 2011)


Everyone buys. It's the same as hiring talent.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_mergers_and_acquisitions_by_Apple
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_mergers_and_acquisitions_by_Microsoft
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_acquisitions_by_Sony_Corporation

posted on 23 Apr 2013, 21:43 3

8. lyndon420 (Posts: 1782; Member since: 11 Jul 2012)


True...but it just seems right when Google does it.

posted on 23 Apr 2013, 22:45 2

9. tedkord (Posts: 5106; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


Apple was also trying to buy this, to beef up the prior purchase, Siri. What was that about purchasing instead if innovating?

posted on 24 Apr 2013, 07:08

11. Aeires (unregistered)


Yeah, because Google never innovates anything.

/s

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