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Need a Quick $1 Million? Have We Got a Plan for You

Erick Schonfeld at TechCrunch reports on the Semantic Hacker challenge, a $1 million prize offered to anyone who can develop a highly profitable application for TextWise's natural-language processing and semantic analysis technology. The company "is opening up its APIs," according to the article, and hoping the competition will "generate actual business ideas that it can run with." The company says it would pay $100,000 up front and then split revenue from the product, eventually forking over up to $1 million. "Not a bad deal for simply coming up with a killer semantic application," writes Schonfeld. All right, hackers, get coding!


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