Yahoo has acquired SkyPhrase and will incorporate the team into Yahoo Labs. SkyPhrase had built a natural-language processing platform that returned relevant statistics in response to search queries entered using everyday language.
Fantasy football is a big business that thrives on data, making it a great way to prove out a new technology and possibly earn a few bucks. A startup called SkyPhrase, for example, is putting its natural-language processing technology to use on NFL statistics.
Thiel Foundation subsidiary Breakout Labs has funded two new startups called SkyPhrase and Stealth Biosciences that, respectively, are trying to reinvent natural language processing and improve our ability to interact with individual cells.