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Bing Ads adds Enhanced CPC bid strategy to optimize for conversions

Automatically adjusts bids within a range depending on estimated likelihood of a user to convert.

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AdWords Express expands deeper click-to-call reporting, adds ad scheduling and more

Three new features arrive for small businesses using Google’s automated ad service.

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Google adds new state-by-state voting guide for “how to vote” searches

Google’s latest search feature for voters includes a “2016 Election: How to Vote” box with information on voter IDs, deadlines and mail-in ballots.

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Google adds Export to Report Editor option in AdWords

Users no longer have to generate Report Editor reports from scratch or rely on predefined options.

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Intel adds more AI brains with Nervana Systems acquisition

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Intel announced its intention to acquire Nervana Systems on Tuesday for around $400 million, adding another artificial intelligence startup to its portfolio.

Nervana Systems has been in business for two years, offering a full-stack, cloud-based machine learning platform, called Nervana Cloud. It also built a framework for AI, called Neon, which uses the Python language and provides a set of libraries for AI developers.

See Also: Intel readies chip to rival NVIDIA for machine learning

In 2017, the team plans to launch the Nervana Engine, an application specific integrated circuit (ASIC). Both sides say the Nervana Engine is still an active project.

Intel is giving Nervana a lot of space to work: the startup will retain all of its talent and brands and continue to operate out of its San Diego headquarters, according to co-founder and CEO, Naveen Rao.

“We’ve always been a mission driven company,” said Rao. “Even though we won’t be a startup any longer, our mission hasn’t changed: we are here to make a dent in the world of computation. With this deal, we can now shatter the old paradigm and move into a new regime of computing.”

“We’ll look back in 10 years and see this time as the inflection point of when compute architectures became neural,” he added.

Nervana Systems raised $24 million during its two years, receiving investment from Pierre Omidyar’s group and Steve Jurvetson.

Intel vice president and general manager of Data Center Group, Diane Bryant, said: “Nervana’s Engine and silicon expertise will advance Intel’s AI portfolio and enhance the deep learning performance and total cost of ownership of our Intel Xeon and Xeon Phi processors.”

“We believe that bringing together the Intel engineers who create the Intel Xeon and Xeon Phi processors with the talented Nervana Systems’ team, we will be able to advance the industry faster than would have otherwise been possible,” she added.

It is a smart move for Intel, scooping up more talent in what could be one of the most competitive industries for enterprise. Nervana Systems also brings a full-stack platform solution, which Intel can integrate with its processors to boost performance above Nvidia, AMD, and other competitors in the AI space.

Update: Several publications are reporting an acquisition price of between $350 million – $400 million, report has been updated to reflect that. 

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Google adds multi-stop support to Google Maps iOS app

Google Maps for iOS adds multiple destination support for driving directions.

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Bing adds 2016 Rio Olympic Games search feature & “Events to Watch” prediction tool

Powered by Bing Predicts, the new “Events to Watch” tool will be updated daily and offer a schedule of “must-watch” Olympic moments.

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Google Maps updates map design, highlights areas of interest and adds business photo carousel

Check out the new look for the Google Maps imagery and features. It is subtle but Google said it helps users navigate.

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Google Maps adds more ways to add or edit locations

Google Maps now lets users add, change, supplement and check the details for venues listed on Google Maps in a new way.

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Nissan adds semi-autonomousness to next Serena Minivan

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Nissan introduced the 2017 Serena minivan on Wednesday, a slightly redesigned model that features semi-autonomous highway driving.

The Nissan ProPilot system provides one-lane highway driving for the Serena minivan, but that’s where the system sophistication ends. It cannot change lanes or routes autonomously, and is not functional in urban environments.

See Also: BMW strikes autonomous car deal with Intel, Mobileye

Drivers will be able to turn on the autonomous pilot at speeds between 19 and 62 mph (30 to 100 kph) and follow the road until the driver takes over. The autonomous tech follows the preceding vehicle in the same lane, and gives room for cut-ins from other lanes.

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Mobileye, the Israeli driver assistance firm, has provided the on-board front facing cameras that track the car in front, according to ExtremeTech. Unlike some 360 systems currently being tested, the 2017 Serena minivan can only see what’s in front or to the side of the car.

Nissan has plans to add lane switching in 2018, followed by autonomous driving in urban environments by 2020. This is a similar timeline to most automakers that are invested in autonomous driving.

It is a step behind Tesla’s Model S, which can already switch lanes. Given the recent turmoil following the death of a Model S driver using Tesla’s AutoPilot mode, we suspect automakers to be even more cautious of adoption self-driving technology early.

Nissan takes an early lead on hometown rivals

Nissan is the first Japanese automaker to bring semi-autonomous features on the road, but Toyota, Honda, and Mitsubishi are all working on self-driving services for future cars.

On top of being the first Japanese automaker to hit the road, Nissan is also one of the first to test its autonomous functionality in the United Kingdom. It has already completed a few tests on UK roads, and the Queen’s Speech address—which is essentially a manifesto of the government’s near term plans—calling for the legalization of self-driving cars could spur further investment from Nissan.

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Bing gets smart: adds trivia, quizzes & polls

Replacing the “hotspots” previously listed atop the image of the day is a graduation cap icon that leads to a three-question quiz.

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Comcast adds to smart home offerings with Icontrol

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Comcast and Alarm.com have announced an agreement to acquire portions of Icontrol Networks, an 11-year old home security company.

The multi-deal involves Comcast purchasing the Icontrol Coverage platform, which already powers the Xfinity Home Screen and back-end servers used to control smart home devices. Comcast will also take control of the wholesale business.

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Comcast did not disclose how much it paid for the business, though it has been involved in two funding rounds prior to the acquisition, where Icontrol raised $23 and $50 million.

In an effort to not seem predatory, Comcast said the Coverage platform will remain available for other companies. It also plans to keep the Icontrol team in Austin, merging them into a new engineering team.

“As this business becomes part of Comcast, we will strategically invest in its technology and technologists, so that we can deliver new features, products and services to both individual Xfinity Home customers and enterprise-level Converge customers, faster than ever before,” said Daniel Herscovici, the senior vice president and general manager of Xfinity Home.

Icontrol a pioneer in the connected home

Alarm.com will purchase Connect, the enterprise home security business, and Piper, the camera and security system. It did not say whether it intends to keep the two teams independent—which are currently based in Redwood City, California, and Ottawa, Canada—only saying that Connect and Piper will “compliment” the Alarm.com platform.

The press release did mention that Alarm.com paid approximately $140 million for the two businesses and expects the deal to complete by the end of 2016, barring any regulation difficulties.

“This acquisition will enhance our research and development scale so that we can continue to deliver long-term value to our partners through innovative technology,” said Steve Trundle, President and CEO of Alarm.com. “We look forward to welcoming the Icontrol team and to building upon the solid relationships within their customer base.”

See Also: Liberty Mutual funds smart home IoT startup Notion

“As one of the pioneers of connected home platforms, this is an exciting time for Icontrol,” said the company in a press release. “We are proud of the accomplishments and market leadership that our hard work has afforded. We look forward to watching the smart home market continue to grow.”

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Google search analytics report adds the ability to compare queries

You can now compare one search phrase to another in the Google Search Analytics report within the Google Search Console.

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