Microsoft, Other Tech Giants Race to Develop Machine Intelligence

ENLARGE ‘That’s really what this next wave of technology innovation is about,’ Microsoft Corp. Chief Executive Satya Nadella says of machine learning. ‘But in order to be able to do that, you need data, and LinkedIn represents that.’ Photo: Associated Press By Jay Greene Jay Greene The Wall Street Journal CANCEL Biography @greene iamjaygreene Google+ jay.greene@wsj.com Updated June 14, 2016 6:58 p.m. ET 0 COMMENTS Microsoft Corp. MSFT -0.62 % ’s $26.2 billion deal to buy LinkedIn Corp. LNKD -0.30 % is the latest turn in a race by the software giant and its competitors to mine vast quantities of data—searches, emails, social networks, browsing behavior—for insights that would help their products serve and even anticipate customer needs. Microsoft, Apple Inc. AAPL 0.12 % and Alphabet Inc. are moving deeper…


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