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  1. Facebook Messenger

    Facebook Unveils Digital Personal Assistant

    Siri’s not sure about this. The ever-expanding Messenger app will soon add “M,” which, brags Facebook’s VP of Messaging Products David Marcus, “can perform tasks that none of the others can.” The text-based “friend” won’t just find stuff; it’ll buy stuff, like plane tickets or flowers for your favorite aunt’s birthday. M’s programming is expected to grow slowly over time, its AI augmented by humans whose intervention — aside from providing tantalizing Turing Test opportunities— will help the software learn to provide more accurate results for users as its database grows.

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