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Walmart acquires Israel’s Aspectiva, which analyses UGC to recommend products to shoppers
Walmart, the world’s biggest brick-and-mortar retailer, today made an acquisition that speaks to its ongoing efforts to build out its e-commerce experience to better compete with Amazon. Today, the company announced that it acquired Aspectiva, a startup out of Israel whose AI-based technology analyses user-generated content, like customers’ product reviews, and combines it with a shopper’s browsing behavior to make product suggestions to shoppers both online and in stores. (Fonte: TechCrunch)

Cedars-Sinai puts Amazon Alexa in patient rooms as part of a pilot program
Los Angeles medical center Cedars-Sinai is currently piloting a programn that places Amazon Echos in more than 100 patient rooms. The smart speakers use Aiva, a voice assistant platform for healthcare, and is intended to help patients communicate with their caregivers. Letting patients use Alexa to perform basic tasks like changing TV channels also frees up nurses to perform medical care. Backed by Amazon’s  Alexa Fund and the Google Assistant Investment Program, Aiva also participated in the Cedars-Sina accelerator program for healthcare startups. The platform also works with Google Home. (Fonte: TechCrunch)

Telefonica launches open-access mobile internet in Peru
Spanish telecommunications group Telefonica said on Monday that it was launching open-access, wholesale broadband mobile internet service in Peru aimed at expanding coverage in rural areas. The operator, Internet para Todos Peru (IpT), will also be backed by Facebook, the private investment arm of the Inter-American Development Bank and the Development Bank of Latin America, Telefonica said. Telefonica, the largest internet provider in Peru, said that if successful, the project’s business model can be replicated across Latin America to deliver mobile broadband to millions of people who live in remote areas. (Fonte: Reuters)

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