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NEWS: Facebook acquires Wit.ai

Facebook has acquired voice recognition software start-up Wit.ai for an undisclosed sum.

Founded only 18 months ago Wit.ai’s technology powers hundreds of apps and devices.

The social network will implement this voice recognition technology across its offering and the software will remain open and become free to all users.

In a blog post Wit.ai said: ‘It is an incredible acceleration in the execution of our vision. Facebook has the resources and talent to help us take the next step. 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.’

Image via Wit.ai