[Paywall] Cory Weinberg of the Information reveals that Viv Labs - a new startup founded by the developers of Apple's Siri is the subject of a bidding war between Facebook and Google. With prices of $100-200M being talked about, the race to win the Intelligent Assistant space is heating up
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WhatsApp is testing the concept of "Business Accounts" where users can chat with businesses for support, e-commerce and other reasons why you'd want to speak to businesses!
Jon Russell speculates whether this is a broader push towards WhatsApp becoming a platform, similar to Slack, Facebook Messenger, WeChat and the like.