Tag: chatbots

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Messenger bot makers reveal ‘pause’ in new bot launches

Want to launch a new Facebook Messenger bot in the next few weeks? Good luck with that. As part of the fallout from the ongoing Cambridge Analytica revelations, the social network has “paused” app reviews while it...
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Palo Santo Messenger bot kicks off Years & Years album campaign

What is Palo Santo? It’s a fictional city where androids and humans live side-by-side, of course. But don’t worry if you didn’t know that: this is only just being revealed, bit-by-bit, to fans of British band Years...
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Poppy teams up with Microsoft to promote Zo chatbot

Poppy is the singer whose spooky YouTube videos have won her a fervent online fanbase – and now a brand partnership with Microsoft to promote one of its chatbots. No, not the Nazi one, thankfully. Zo is a Microsoft-developed...
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Will I Am gets $117m to take on Alexa, Siri and Google Assistant

News that Will I Am’s tech startup I.am+ is making a voice assistant to rival Amazon’s Alexa, Apple’s Siri and Google Assistant may not have investors running to sell shares in the three tech-giants. After all, the...
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Jason Derulo returns with GIFs, bots and emoji campaign

Jason Derulo has been one of the artists most willing to test out new digital channels to market his music. AR app Taggar in 2014; Tinder and Smule in 2015; Musical.ly and Live.ly in 2016; and chatbots startup Octane AI in...
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Facebook Messenger gets natural-language and payments features

Facebook has launched the latest update to its Messenger Platform for developers creating apps and bots for its messaging app. Version 2.1’s new features include built-in natural language processing (NLP) to automatically...
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Warner UK’s Emmy Lovell talks Firepit, bots and startup partnerships

Firepit Tech sounds like something you'd need to fend off monsters in a big-budget fantasy drama on Netflix. Thankfully, there are no dragons in Warner Music UK's version. There, Firepit Tech is the label group's in-house...
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Ticketmaster launches its Facebook Messenger bot

Ticketmaster is the latest music company to be dipping its toes in the waters of messaging bots. It has launched a bot called Ticketmaster Assistant for Facebook Messenger, which promises to help customers find concerts,...
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Messaging, bots and AI’s music evolution in 2017 (#midem)

Hundreds of thousands of music fans are already interacting with their favourite artists through bots on messaging apps like Facebook Messenger. So how might this trend develop in 2017 and beyond? A panel at Midem today...
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Music startup Record Bird raises ‘mid six-figure’ funding round

Vienna-based music startup Record Bird has raised a “mid six-figure” funding round, and hired former Rdio and YouTube exec Stefan Baumschlager. The company’s service notifies music fans about new releases and content...
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Indie labels talk tech: startups, bots, virtual reality and more

Messaging bots, virtual reality and other whizzy new technologies have potential for the music industry, but how will that play out for independent labels and artists, who rarely have large R&D budgets? That was the key...
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Facebook f8: Spotify / Apple Music, bot ambitions and major AR push

“Being able to click on someone's music and play it is a great experience, but knowing that you helped a friend discover something new, and that you have the same taste in music, is awesome,” said Mark Zuckerberg. No,...