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Google’s Knowledge Graph and Two Other Stories You Need to Know

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Welcome to this morning’s edition of “First To Know,” a series in which we keep you in the know on what’s happening in the digital world. Today, we’re looking at three particularly interesting stories.

Google Revamps Search With Knowledge Graph

Google has made perhaps the most significant set of changes to its search engine yet with the rollout of the Knowledge Graph — a set of semantic tools which aim to make your search results more relevant and informative.

Google Search now asks you to point it into the right direction when offered ambiguous terms, and offers informative summaries for terms, with descriptions, photos and related items. The feature is live for users in the US, while other countries will get it in a matter of weeks.

Pinterest Raises $120 Million at a $1.5 Billion Valuation

Pinterest is raising $120 million at a $1 to $1.5 billion valuation, in order to fuel international expansion. Japanese commerce giant Raukten is leading the round with a $50 million investment.

US Smartphone Owners Use 28% More Apps Than Last Year [REPORT]

A new report from Nielsen sheds some light on app usage among US smartphone owners, and things are looking cheery for app developers. On average, a US smartphone owner uses 41 apps, a 28% year-over-year increase.

Furthermore, smartphone owners are spending more time using apps than using the mobile web, about 10% more than last year. As far as individual apps go, the top five are Facebook, YouTube, Android Market, Google Search, and Gmail.

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Via: Mashable » Business

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