Google has acquired API.ai, a company that provides a platform for developers to build chatbots, as the U.S. technology giant joins the likes of Facebook in betting on smart assistants within apps.
API.ai has over 60,000 developers using its tools to build conversational apps for services like Facebook or Slack, the team messaging platform.
At the Oracle OpenWorld conference in San Francisco today, Larry Ellison, Oracle’s former chief executive and current chief technology officer, showed off a new platform for building and running chatbots.
Not surprisingly, Oracle is positioning its chatbot platform as a simple interface for enterprise applications. But the chatbots made with it can work in modern messaging apps like Facebook Messenger, Slack, and Kik.
Have you registered to vote?
With state deadlines for voter registration just weeks away, HelloVote, which purports to be a nonpartisan project from digital rights nonprofit Fight for the Future, wants to empower the entire U.S. electorate to cast its vote. The best way to do that in 2016—when text messages have a 98% open rate and the average adult spends 23 hours a week texting—is with a bot that lets potential voters register through text or Facebook Messenger.
LinkedIn on Thursday rolled out new tools, designed for both enterprises and individuals, that will help people make the connections and build the skills they need to advance their careers.
Facebook is rolling out two new features for its popular Messaging app, giving users in-chat polling and also testing out an intelligent way to detect when you want to send money. The latest changes will be available on both iOS and Android starting this week, but they’re limited to the U.S., for now.