Google Maps keeps track of your conversations with local businesses

Last year, Google began rolling out a feature that let users message businesses through their Google profiles. Now, it’s integrating that feature into Google Maps. Any messages you’ve sent to businesses through their Google profiles will now be accessible in Maps for iOS and Android. Just tap the menu button, and then “Messages,” and you’ll […]

Hockey coaches in Ontario to hold mandatory gender diversity conversations with players

Ontario hockey coaches have been mandated to discuss gender diversity issues with children as part of the “pre-season chat” required by the Ontario Hockey Federation (OHF). Obligatory conversations on gender identification and expression will be held across all levels of competition involving teams of all ages. Read more “We want to make the game inclusive […]

The FBI has reportedly seized recordings of Trump’s and Stormy Daniels’ lawyers’ conversations

Yana Paskova/Getty Images The FBI has seized recordings of phone calls between Trump’s lawyer Michael Cohen and Stormy Daniels’ lawyer, according to CNN. Cohen’s offices were raided by federal investigators earlier this week over allegations of bank fraud and campaign-finance violations. Cohen has admitted to paying off Stormy Daniels in the run-up to the 2016 […]

Mueller is in possession of Andrew McCabe’s memos documenting his conversations with Trump and Comey

AP Special counsel Robert Mueller is in possession of several memos from former FBI deputy director Andrew McCabe documenting his conversations with President Donald Trump and then-FBI director James Comey. The memos could go a long way in bolstering Mueller’s obstruction case against Trump. But more importantly, the memos’ very existence is significant because it indicates […]

Comey told 3 FBI officials about his conversations with Trump — all 3 have now been forced out or reassigned

Jonathan Ernst/Getty Images Former FBI director James Comey told three FBI officials — Andrew McCabe, James Rybicki, and James Baker — about his conversations with President Donald Trump prior to his firing. All three officials have since been forced out or reassigned within the bureau. Former FBI director James Comey told three top FBI officials […]

Slack launches private shared channels for more discreet conversations between businesses

Slack calls its channels for group chat and project management the workplace of the future, and today announced that channels shared between two companies can now be set to private. Even team administrators won’t be able to see files and conversations shared in private shared channels between specific employees or team members. Before today, shared channels […]

Skype is adding an option for encrypted conversations

Soon, your chats on Skype can be just as secure as conversations on Signal, the service used by US Senators. Microsoft is integrating the open source Signal protocol, used by WhatsApp, Google, Facebook and Signal itself, into test versions of Skype as ‘Private Conversations‘ for end-to-end encrypted communications. There are a few restrictions: You can’t […]

2018 will be the year chatbot conversations get real

GUEST: As we enter 2018, it’s clear the expectations of intelligent assistance providers and enterprise practitioners are more in balance than ever before. It’s also clear that the number of “known knowns” is growing rapidly. Here are five examples of how and why we will learn more about the complex workings of conversational commerce in the coming […]

AISense wants to deliver total recall by transcribing all your conversations

There’s a new machine learning company on the block, with big ambitions to help people remember every conversation they’ve ever had. Called AISense, the company operates a voice transcription system that’s designed to work through long conversations using machine learning and provide users with a full text record of what was said. At first, the […]