Google Quietly Bought an AI Startup to Build Your Avatar

Google quietly acquired Alter, a Twitter-backed AI avatar startup formerly named Facemoji, earlier this year for $100 million, TechCrunch reported Thursday. Alter’s acquisition was completed two months ago, an unidentified source told TechCrunch.Google confirmed the acquisition late Thursday but didn’t provide details on the exact date of the acquisition and purchase price.Alter’s chief operating officer, Jon Slimak, has updated his LinkedIn profile to reflect a new role at Google Avatars. As of publishing, Alter’s website remains down. In recent years, Google has been investing heavily in its AI technology. From language learning models to image generators, the company is …
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