Yahoo is exploring options to wriggle out of its 10-year search pact with Microsoft but has so far failed to identify an escape route, The Wall Street Journal reports.
Samsung Venture Investment Corporation, Intel Capital and Telefónica Digital are investing in Expect Labs, the San Francisco startup behind intelligent digital assistant technology that processes conversations in real time and shares related information. Funding details were not disclosed.
Google is expanding its Now personal assistant service to rival Apple's iOS mobile operating system, where it will compete head to head with Apple's own Siri voice assistant technology.
DirecTV is integrating voice search technologies into its applications for Apple's iOS and Google's Android, promising to make it easier for subscribers to find programming they want to watch.
Yahoo is rolling out an overhauled version of its flagship application for Apple's iOS, integrating technology from mobile news app Summly, which it acquired for a reported $30 million late last month.
Apple has revealed that its servers store iOS user search queries, messages and commands leveraging its Siri voice assistant technology for up to two years.
Amazon reportedly has acquired voice recognition technology startup Evi. Sources told TechCrunch the deal is valued at $26 million.
Apple and Yahoo are in discussions to integrate Yahoo Web services more deeply into the iPhone and iPad user experience, The Wall Street Journal reports.
FairSearch, a coalition of 17 technology and search firms including Microsoft, Nokia, Oracle, Expedia and Hotwire, has filed a formal complaint with European antitrust regulators alleging that Google is exploiting its open-source Android mobile operating system to "cement its control over consumer Internet data for online advertising as usage shifts to mobile."
A video indicating Google will expand its Now personal assistant service to Apple's iOS surfaced briefly Tuesday on YouTube before disappearing from the site soon after, Engadget reports.