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Trudeau announces 75 percent wage subsidies, interest-free loans for Canadian small businesses

The 75 percent wage subsidy will be available for “qualifying businesses” for up to three months and will be retroactive until March 15.


RECOMMENDED BY MICROSOFT FOR STARTUPS:

Announcing Our Female Founders Competition Finalists

In partnership with Mayfield and Melinda Gates’s Pivotal Ventures, Microsoft for Startups is investing $6 million in four female-founded companies.


TechCrunch

Kaizo raises $3M for its AI-based tools to improve customer service support teams

Although this is just a seed round, it’s coming after a period of strong growth for the company.


BetaKit

Cleantech startup BluWave-ai closes $3.9 million in seed funding

BluWave-ai, a renewable energy startup that uses AI to improve energy grid predictions, optimizations, and controls, has secured a $3.9 million seed round.


In artificial intelligence, enterprises still not minding their data

Data needs to be looked at as well, and efforts to do so are only beginning, according to O’Reilly’s latest survey of 1,388 data scientists, executives and IT professionals on AI adoption.


BetaKit

DarwinAI, University of Waterloo develop neural network for COVID-19 detection

DarwinAI and the University of Waterloo have co-developed a neural network aimed to accelerate the development of solutions for detecting COVID-19 cases.


AI can help scientists find a Covid-19 vaccine

AI is playing two important supporting roles in this quest: suggesting components of a vaccine by understanding viral protein structures, and helping medical researchers scour tens of thousands of relevant research papers at an unprecedented pace.


TechCrunch

AI and big data won’t work miracles in the fight against coronavirus

It’s not that these applications of AI are bad, but rather that they belong to a set with few actionable outcomes.


Google is using AI to design chips that will accelerate AI

A new reinforcement-learning algorithm has learned to optimize the placement of components on a computer chip to make it more efficient and less power-hungry.


The coronavirus is forcing tech giants to make a risky bet on AI

Machine learning tools have always been the ideal content moderators for Facebook, Google and Twitter — but COVID-19 is forcing their use before they’re ready.


TechCrunch

Helm.ai raises $13M on its unsupervised learning approach to driverless car AI

Helm.ai will put the $13 million in seed funding toward advanced engineering and R&D and hiring more employees, as well as locking in and fulfilling deals with customers.



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