Alexa at a Crossroads

Alexa at a Crossroads

Amazon’s Alexa-powered Echo devices are getting to a point of ubiquity. Walk into any home in America and there’s a good chance you’ll see an Amazon Echo device inside. And this doesn’t go for just tech-savvy millennials; this FR writer has an 85-year-old aunt who happily asks Alexa to turn on her favorite radio station to listen to some Al Jolson.

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Microsoft Takes Aim at the Ubiquitous Amazon Marketplace

Microsoft Takes Aim at the Ubiquitous Amazon Marketplace

Amazon is generally thought of as an unstoppable behemoth. But that hasn’t discouraged competitors — specifically Microsoft, which this week announced a new service that will let brands create detailed personalized product web pages with room for customer ratings and reviews.

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Could Big Tech Really Be ‘Broken Up’?

Could Big Tech Really Be ‘Broken Up’?

“Break up big tech!” has been the cry in recent times, as privacy and data-use concerns — among others — have caused both the public at large and politicians to cast a skeptical eye toward the major tech firms. (Bankers are surely relieved at this current reprieve from being Public Enemy Number 1.)

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Satellite of Love

Satellite of Love

We don’t know about you, but we think “Satellite of Love” is undoubtedly one of the highlights of Lou Reed’s post-Velvet Underground solo career. While there’s long been some debate about the meaning of the song, it’s probably clear Reed wasn’t referring to Amazon’s ambitious plan to cover all the globe with internet access via a series of satellites.

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