Wavii

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Wavii
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Available inEnglish
Owner Alphabet Inc.
Commercialyes
LaunchedLate 2008
Current statusActive (Integrated in Google)

Wavii was a Seattle startup founded by Adrian Aoun in 2008, and was subsequently acquired by Google, Inc. in April 2013. [1] Wavii developed an iPhone app that allowed users to follow topics (e.g., a company, celebrity, politician, athlete, city, etc.) and receive short updates about them in their feed. This app was based on data produced by Wavii's proprietary technology, which used natural-language-processing and machine-learning approaches to convert content on the web (e.g., news articles and blogs) into structured summaries of the stories they contained. [2]

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Wavii's team was primarily former Last.fm, Microsoft, and Amazon engineers. [3]

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Wavii's product

Google acquisition

On April 30, 2013 it was announced that Google, Inc. had acquired Wavii for an amount that was officially undisclosed, but which industry insiders claimed was over $30 million USD. The acquisition was viewed as a way for Google to expand their ability to understand the web for search and to summarize content. [4]

Google discontinued the Wavii iPhone app and website, but the company reported that it is continuing to run Wavii's technology and produce feed content for applications within Google. [5]

Following the acquisition Wavii's team relocated from Seattle to the San Francisco Bay area. [6]

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References

  1. Ingrid Lunden (2013-04-26). "Wavii Confirms Google Buy, Shuts Down Its Service To Make Natural Language Products For The Search Giant". TechCrunch.
  2. Santos, Alexis (2013-04-24). "Google reportedly acquires natural language processing startup Wavii". Engadget.com. Retrieved 2013-08-25.
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