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Canadian AI Company Vestec Raises $1.5M

Vestec has secured a $1.5 million equity investment from V. Raman Kumar, founder and former CEO of clinical documentation company MModal.

Mr. Kumar has joined Vestec’s board as vice chairman. He will also oversee the development of products and services for the global industry with a special focus on healthcare.

Vestec was founded by a group of Artificial Intelligence (AI) researchers from the University of Waterloo, Canada, under the chairmanship of Dr. Fakhri Karray. Vestec is working on speech technologies using Artificial Intelligence (AI) research. The company is currently developing aText-to-Speech (TTS) engine.

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Orkes raises $20M

Cupertino, CA-based Orkes, a company focused on the scaling of distributed systems, has raised $20 million.

Motorola Solutions appoints Nicole Anasenes to board

Motorola Solutions announced the appointment of Nicole Anasenes to its board of directors. Ms. Anasenes has over two decades of experience in leadership roles across software and services, market development, acquisitions, and business transformation.

Apple Announces ‘Groundbreaking’ New Security Protocol for iMessage — MacRumors

Apple today announced a new post-quantum cryptographic protocol for iMessage called PQ3. Apple says this "groundbreaking" and "state-of-the-art" protocol provides "extensive defenses against even highly sophisticated quantum attacks," writes Joe Rossignol.

How data collaboration platforms can help companies build better AI – HBR

By embracing data collaborations, business leaders can safely access high-quality data, avoid legal issues, gain a diverse, pluralistic, and therefore more expansive view of the world, unlocking the full potential of fine-tuned models, writes José Parra-Moyano, Karl Schmedders, and Alex "Sandy" Pentland.