China’s Baidu, Inc. has announced that the install base of DuerOS, the company’s conversational AI assistant, reached 100 million devices, doubling over the past 6 months.
CloudFlare, a well-known Internet performance & security company, & Baidu, China’s leading search engine, today announced a strategic partnership to launch the 1st-ever unified global platform to make Internet applications “fast, secure, & more intelligent in China & around the world.”
It was only a few days ago that we told our readers about how very soon, Internet & smartphone users may end up talking only to digital assistants & not human beings. Soon after Facebook announced M — its Artificial Intelligence (AI)-powered personal assistant inside the Messenger chat app, China’s Internet search giant Baidu on Tuesday unveiled something similar in Beijing.
Reports: VentureBeat, CNBC, Motley Fool
By its own reckoning, it seems to be the “largest DDoS attack in github.com’s history.” The attack has affected all of GitHub. Some Online reports have claimed that the traffic was coming from China as attackers were reportedly using China’s search engine Baidu for the purpose of “HTTP hijacking.” This was later denied by Baidu.
Reports: GitHub Blog, Wall Street Journal, NetworkWorld