Mobile Minutes: Facebook’s digital assistant; Pinterest tries visual search; Google open-sources AI; Snapchat hits 6B video views
Ask M for help, Facebook tests new digital assistant
What if you could replace most of your web searches and apps with a single interface that just gets things done? That is the premise of Facebook’s new “M”—a “digital assistant” available through its chat app, Facebook Messenger.
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Pinterest gets super handy visual search tool
Heads up, Pinterest fanatics: the social pinboard service is rolling out a handy new visual search tool that should make it a lot easier to identify specific items in pins.
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Google open-sources TensorFlow machine learning software
Google is escalating the latest arms race in Silicon Valley: artificial intelligence. Called machine learning, it’s software that learns as it processes massive amounts of data.
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Snapchat closes in on Facebook as it hits 6 billion daily video views
It was reported back in 2013 that Snapchat rejected a $3 billion bid from Facebook to buy the photo and video social media company. Now, two years later, that decision is looking increasingly justified, as Snapchat has reached 6 billion video views per day, according to the Financial Times, trailing just behind Facebook’s 8 billion.
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