A new Apple patent details how Siri, the company’s digital assistant, could use crowdsourcing to provide smarter, human-powered answers in the future. The patent, however, sounds almost exactly like what existing crowdsourced search engine ChaCha is doing today.
Human powered Q&A search engine ChaCha raises its seventh round of investment.
Decision-making app Opinionaided announced today it has helped answer 2 million questions and raised $4.3 million.
Quora, the question-and-answer site that has become the new obsessive past-time of Silicon Valley insiders, raised funding in a first round led by Benchmark Capital. The company’s co-founders, Adam D’Angelo, who was Facebook’s chief technology officer and Charlie Cheever, who was another early Facebook engineer, also invested. Matt Cohler, another early Facebook executive, joins the board from Benchmark.
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