eBay acquires an artificial intelligence and analytics company

Acquiring Expertmaker is part of eBay’s structured data push to better organize products on its marketplace. EBay Inc. took another step this week to better organize its product data and make items easier to find when the online marketplace acquired a Swedish company focused on artificial intelligence, machine learning and big data analytics. EBay bought Malmo, Sweden-based Expertmaker, which has worked with eBay since 2010 and also has offices in San Francisco. Terms were not disclosed. When the transaction is final, Expertmaker employees will become part of eBay’s structured data product and technology team, with founder and CEO Lars Hard joining as director, data science, according to eBay. The online marketplace continues to press its initiative to have sellers define their products using structured data, which means characterizing items in…

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