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Blekko Shuts Down, Becomes Part Of IBM Watson

Back in 2010, an alternative search engine called Blekko emerged. It came from Rich Skrenta, co-founder & former CEO of Topix and NewHoo (which went on to become The Open Directory Project or DMOZ). It aimed to crowd source search by using the public to refine its algorithms and make search results more relevant and less spammy. IBM has acquired …

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Watson-Powered Toy Uses IBM Supercomputer to Develop Relationship with Your Kid

We’ve come a long way from Barbie. If you’re looking for an interactive toy that can talk with your kid, tell knock-knock jokes, and help them learn by getting to know their specific needs – there’s a Kickstarter campaign for you. It’s called CogniToys, and it’s a super-smart toy dinosaur with its own personality. “Each toy will get to know …

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IBM Watson Analytics Now Available In Beta

IBM announced that Watson Analytics is now available in beta. The offering was announced in September. It’s described as a natural language-based service to give businesses instant access to predictive and visual analytics tools. The company called it the biggest announcement it’s made in a decade as an analytics provider. “Since being announced in September, more than 22,000 people have …

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IBM Announces New Watson-Powered Partner Apps, Developer Tools

IBM announced some new Watson-powered cloud apps for the financial services, healthcare, IT services, non-profit, retail, security, and travel industries. This comes as the company opens its new IBM Watson global headquarters in New York. The company is announced new ecosystem partners across these industries. These include: WayBlazer in travel; Red Ant, Reflexis, and Sellpoints in retail; Findability Sciences in …

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IBM Announces Watson Analytics For Businesses

IBM announced Watson Analytics, a natural language-based service to give businesses instant access to predictive and visual analytics tools. The company calls it the biggest announcement it’s made in a decade as an analytics provider. Here’s a look: The first version will include a freemium version of its cloud-based service for desktop and mobile devices, and will offer access to …

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IBM Soon To Offer Watson As Cloud Development Platform

It has been quite a while since we have heard the name “Watson” in association with IBM. I am sure that for most of you, the last time that you heard of IBM’s Watson was his debut on Jeopardy!; however, Watson has been very busy lately. “He” has been working with Citigroup to analyze company data, actively learning the Urban …

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IBM Layoffs Having Dramatic Effects Across North America

IBM has initiated another round of layoffs, and while the national story is concerned with the total number of employees dismissed–anywhere from 6000 to 8000 employees, according to some estimations–if you take a closer look at the towns and cities affected, the story has much more impact. News organizations covering the areas where IBM employees entered unemployment present a much …

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Multivitamins, Blueberries Could Complicate Late-Stage Cancer Treatment

Noble Prize recipient James Watson this month published a proposal stating that antioxidants, such as those found in blueberries or multivitamin supplements, could actually promote late-stage cancer progression. The paper, published in the journal Open Biology, is considered by Watson to be “among my most important work since the double helix.” Watson and his colleague Francis Crick discovered the structure …

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IBM’s Watson Cursed Like a Sailor After Being Taught the Urban Dictionary

It’s a fact that Watson, IBM’s massive AI project, is smarter than the average human. I mean, it kicked Ken Jennings’ ass on Jeopardy that one time. “Smart,” in that respect, meant the ability to pull knowledge from terabytes worth of Wikipedia data based on verbal clues. But Ken Jennings (and you and me) has Watson beat in one measure …

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IBM Submits Q1 Report

IBM just announced its first quarter earnings report for 2012, with a net income of $3.1 billion, up 7% from $2.9 billion from Q1, 2011. Total revenue was $24.7 billion, up only 1% from last year. Diluted earnings were up $0.30 from 2011 at $2.61 per share, and operating (non-GAAP) diluted earnings were $2.78 per share, up 15% from $2.41. …

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IBM’s ‘Watson’ on Wall Street

IBM’s ‘Watson’ supercomputer and Jeopardy champion just secured a gig on Wall Street, according to Bloomberg. Citigroup, the third largest lender in the U.S., will utilize Watson to “help analyze customer needs and process financial, economic and client data to advance and personalize digital banking.” IBM predicts that Watson will be able to “read” about 200 million pages in three …

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