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Facebook acquires AI startup that helps you shop

first_img Internet Services Tech Industry James Martin/CNET Facebook said Friday that it purchased a startup called GrokStyle, which uses artificial intelligence to help shoppers find furniture and home decor. “We are excited to welcome GrokStyle to Facebook,” Facebook spokeswoman Vanessa Chan said in a statement. “Their team and technology will contribute to our AI capabilities.” Furniture retailer Ikea uses technology developed by GrokStyle in its mobile app. Users snap a picture of a piece of furniture and the app shows them similar products they can purchase online. In a blog post, GrokStyle says it’s “moving on as a team” but doesn’t mention it was purchased by Facebook.”Our team and technology will live on, and we will continue using our AI to build great visual search experiences for retail,” GrokStyle said in the post. “As part of this next chapter, we are winding down our business.”The San Francisco startup, founded in 2015, does note on its LinkedIn page that it’s been acquired by Facebook. That page also says GrokStyle has between two and 10 employees. Facebook declined to say how much it spent to acquire GrokStyle. Bloomberg reported earlier about the acquisition. CES 2019: See all of CNET’s coverage of the year’s biggest tech show.Everything about Fortnite: What you need to know about the hit game. 1 Facebook Share your voice Comment Tagslast_img read more

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French minister to be questioned over Macron bodyguard controversy

first_imgFrench interior minister Gerard Collomb talks with journalists surrounded by residents during a visit to the Cite de la Castellane housing complex as part of a trip on day-to-day security in Marseille, France on 5 July 2018. Photo: ReutersFrench interior minister Gerard Collomb will be questioned by lawmakers next week as the government faces mounting criticism of the way it disciplined president Emmanuel Macron’s top bodyguard who was filmed beating a protester on May Day.Collomb will be questioned by members of the lower house on Monday and by the Senate on Tuesday.Alexandre Benalla, long a fixture at Macron’s side, was taken into custody for police questioning on Friday, after an amateur video was released showing him at the 1 May protests in Paris wearing a riot helmet and police tags while off duty.Benalla had initially been suspended for 15 days and allowed to return to work. Under pressure, the French presidency said on Friday it had decided to begin dismissal procedures.Lawmakers have launched a parliamentary inquiry into the incident itself, the initial punishment and the failure of the authorities to report Benalla promptly to the judiciary. The Paris prosecutor has also opened a preliminary investigation.In the footage, which was released on Wednesday by Le Monde newspaper, Benalla can be seen dragging a woman away from a protest and later beating a male demonstrator. On Friday, French media released a second video which showed Benalla also manhandling the woman.Another man who appears with him in an amateur video was also taken in custody.Three other police officers were also suspended on Friday, including two suspected of passing footage of the events to Benalla earlier this week, and were taken into custody.Critics of Macron have called the president’s delayed response a characteristic sign that he is out of touch.last_img read more

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