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January 20, 2015 at 9:47 AM

Microsoft buys text analysis startup Equivio

Microsoft seems to like something about Israeli data-analysis startups.

The company announced today that it has acquired text-analysis firm Equivio, a few months after buying cloud security machine-learning startup Aorato.

Equivio’s algorithms sift through documents and emails to group related documents and identify which ones might trigger a company’s confidentiality provisions or other legal labels. With email and computers facilitating an explosion in the amount of documents companies and governments produce, sorting through those can quickly turn into a task that requires many hours of work by humans.

The Rosh HaAyin-based company, which on its website also lists an office in Rockville, Md., says its clients include the U.S. Justice Department and auditing and consulting giants KPMG and Deloitte.

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March 6, 2013 at 10:41 AM

From Kinect 3-D scanning to big data mapping, Microsoft researchers give glimpse of company’s future

[This story is running in the print edition of The Seattle Times March 6, 2013.] From a smartphone app capable of capturing 3-D scans to interactive whiteboards to a browser-based program allowing users to build a predictive model in minutes, the preview Tuesday of Microsoft’s TechFest 2013 was full of cool stuff. But the demos were…

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