Oracle is taking aim at Amazon with its new cloud services | Recode Daily: September 19, 2016


But first it will have to claw past Microsoft, Google and IBM.

.Oracle co-founder and CTO Larry Ellison kicked off the OpenWorld conference Sunday by unveiling the company’s second generation of cloud products and services and declaring, “Amazon’s lead is over.” Oracle’s cloud infrastructure business remains well behind not only market leader Amazon, but Microsoft, Google and IBM, as well. Ellison also introduced a chatbot development platform.
[Jay Greene | Wall Street Journal]

.Salesforce is adding artificial intelligence enhancements to its customer relations management applications. The cloud-based AI services, collectively called Einstein, are designed to automate tasks, predict behavior and spotlight relevant information.
[Rachael King | Wall Street Journal]

.Lyft President John Zimmer says that in about five years, all Lyft rides will be handled by fully autonomous cars and that by 2025, individual car ownership in major U.S. cities will be rare.
[Johana Bhuiyan | Recode]

.Jason Calacanis is pivoting again. Nine years ago, he launched Mahalo as a search engine, then turned it into a YouTube company, then shifted focus to the Inside news app. Now he’s moving into topic-focused newsletters under the Inside brand, starting with eight, but aiming for hundreds.
[Peter Kafka | Recode]

.On the latest episode of Recode Decode, Niantic CEO John Hanke talks to Kara Swisher about the explosive launch of Pokémon Go and new features in the works, including events, trading and possibly player-versus-player battling.
[Eric Johnson | Recode]

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