GraphLab thinks its new software can democratize machine learning

A Seattle-based machine learning startup called GraphLab is releasing the first official version of its software, which the company hopes can democratize an historically difficult space. Called Create, the software is focused on simplicity, speed and being able to handle a wide variety of applications.

Intelligent education network Declara raises another $9M

Professional social network Declara has expanded its series A round to include two new investors and an additional $9 million in funding. The company’s technology platform uses machine learning to connect people with co-workers and content that will help them learn.

BigML turns its cloud prediction engine toward text

Machine learning startup BigML now supports text data in its cloud-based prediction service. It has always analyzed numerical fields in complex datasets to determine the relationship between them and any given outcome, and how it will consider the importance of words, too.

Siri is so aloof; Saga wants to get to know you

A new app called Saga hit the App Store promising to be a personal assistant that knows what users are up to even if they don’t. It wants to tell users where they’ve been, where they’ll go next and how long it will take to get there.

How Google is teaching computers to see

Google is teaching computers to recognize human faces without telling the algorithms which faces are human. It’s a machine-learning problem made for this era of unstructured data and access to large compute clusters. It’s also the next big opportunity in tech — enabling computers to “see.”

So this is why Google is buying Clever Sense

Google announced it has bought Clever Sense, maker of the smart local recommendations app Alfred. The deal arms Google with another tool to attack the local market, as it seeks to scoop up more ad dollars and be the go-to resource for all things local.

BankSimple deposits $10m for banking overhaul

BankSimple, the next generation mobile bank start-up, has raised $10 million as it prepares to launch. The new financing is led by existing investor IA Ventures and also includes Shasta Ventures and should help the company scale up for a public debut later this year.