23
Apr
wavii

Wavii, a service that promises to help you "keep up with everything you care about" has been snapped up by Google, according to Tech Crunch, for a sum totaling over $30 Million.

The deal, which signals an end to an apparent acquisition battle between Google and Apple, likely means that Wavii's language processing prowess will be integrated with Google services from the Knowledge Graph all the way down to (perhaps) Google Now. It also means that Wavii will not be joining forces with Apple's Siri.

For those unfamiliar with Wavii, the service  is basically an aggregator of news it thinks is both interesting and relevant to you, the user. Using a list of topics of your choice (or those suggested for you), Wavii will pull together news stories it thinks you'll want to see, summarizing them in a very digestible, easy to read format.

Because news of Google's acquisition hinges on TechCrunch's "legitimate source," little can be known about where the twenty-five person team will end up within the company, or just what they'll be working to improve. Rest assured, we'll keep an eye on the story as any details emerge.

Source: TechCrunch

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  • elmo

    First.

    Just kidding. Hope this acquisition leads to a quick turnover in the form of a stronger voice processing and contextual search portfolio for Google products.

  • Phil Nolan

    It looks like something that would be added to Google+.

    • RitishOemraw

      Just what I was thinking. But might be helpful for the knowledge graph too to keep up with dynamic information.

  • TonyArcher

    Why would I need this? I have Google Reader. Oh wait, nevermind.

    • http://GPlus.to/Abhisshack Abhisshack D

      :'(

  • Safwan Chowdhury

    i tried it out for a few mins. its not bad but id rather just go to reddit and look at a subreddit based on each interest category eg /r/technology and get my updates that way

  • andy gowrley

    The major facility Google now is missing is a decent news section (at least for me)

  • Jazli Aziz

    Question: If this aggregates news based on the topics we search for, how is it different from a service like Flipboard that also aggregates news from topics we select?

    Am I right in assuming Wavii is similar to Flipboard in that respect?

  • Henry Young

    Seams like something they could use for Google News, Now and +

  • https://plus.google.com/116879163037230501137/posts Cullen Maglothin

    I could see this in quite a few places in Google's portfolio. Now, Currents, Knowledge Graph, and those are just for Wavii in it's current form. If there are a few additions it could easily be integrated with the Trending Topic page in Google+.

  • Freak4Dell

    This would be great in Now, and there's room for it in other Google products, too. Definitely looking forward to seeing what they do with this.

  • Cody Curry

    Man, it'd sure be great if Google had a news aggregation service. Why don't they just hook up a service to read RSS feeds?

    • akshay7394

      They do; Google Currents.

      Not on PCs though, i guess.