Facebook Inc. has acquired a startup that produces open platforms for developers to build voice-activated applications.
The move could give the social networking giant more information for targeted advertisements, the Wall Street Journal reported.
A Facebook spokeswoman declined to say how much the company paid for Wit.ai, which was founded in Palo Alto, California, in 2013.
Wit.ai’s technology could allow Facebook users to speak commands that could be converted to text as posts or messages, the newspaper said.
On its website, Wit.ai said its technology is now being used by hundreds of apps and devices.
“Facebook has the resources and talent to help us take the next step,” Wit.ai said in a blog post. “Facebook’s mission is to connect everyone and build amazing experiences for the over 1.3 billion people on the platform—technology that understands natural language is a big part of that, and we think we can help.”
Wit.ai will move to Facebook’s offices in Menlo Park, the Facebook spokeswoman said. Facebook will hire some employees of Wit.ai, including its three co-founders – Alex Lebrun, Willy Blandin and Laurent Landowski.
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