What’s Actually Wrong with Yahoo’s Purchase of Summly

Emin Gün Sirer:

So, Yahoo is in the news for buying Summly. Summly is a company that extracts summaries of natural language text, a TL;DR of sorts.

Summly licensed its core technology from SRI, which, previously, spun out Siri and sold it to Apple. Summly had 5 engineers, only 2 of whom will be moving to Yahoo. Summly is reported to have 1M downloads of their app in mobile app stores.

I want to take a few minutes to process this, because it points to some trends that should cause any technologist to raise an eyebrow.

I don’t understand this, unless it really is a PR Stunt.