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Google challenger Perplexity attracts attention.

The AI ”answer engine” has gained $74 million in funding from investors like Jeff Bezos and Institutional Venture Partners — the largest sum raised by an internet search startup in recent years, according to the WSJ. Former YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki and Google AI’s Jeff Dean both made personal investments as well.

Our own David Pierce recently said this about Perplexity:

AI chatbots are a dime a dozen at this point, but I’ve always liked the way Perplexity handles citing its sources and delivering information — it’s a good mix of answers and links for lots of questions. The 2.0 update is basically just a redesign, but hey, it’s a good redesign!