The Huffington Post buys Adaptive Semantics

Online newspaper and social news network The Huffington Post, also referred to as HuffPo or HuffPost, has acquired the two person business Adaptive Semantics. It is the first acquisition by The Huffington post. The terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Adaptive Semantics is the maker of JuLiA, a program that uses Bayesian algorithms to automatically moderate comments. Huffington Post was already Adaptive Semantic’s main investor, and had already acquired a 20 percent stake in the business in April, 2009

JuLiA employs algorithms similar to spam filters found on most email services, separating useful comments from abusive or obscene ones. Adaptive Semantics co-founders Elena Haliczer and Jeff Revesz will join The Huffington Post’s staff, Haliczer as project lead of social news technology, and Revesz as director of social news technology.

The Huffington Post was founded by Arianna Huffington, Kenneth Lerer, and Jonah Peretti. It was originally launched in May 2009. In 2008, the site launched its first local version, HuffPost Chicago; HuffPost New York launched in June, 2009, HuffPo Denver launched in September 2009, and HuffPo Los Angeles launched in December 2009.

Location: USA, New York, NY

Ref: F231109-507

Related article – Greycroft Partners closes its second fund to invest in digital media businesses April 14, 2010

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