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Greg Bensinger / Wall Street Journal:
Jeff Bezos says Amazon is planning more physical stores and new services for Prime, during annual shareholder meeting   —  CEO Jeff Bezos didn't specify how the company would add to the unlimited shipping service  —  Amazon.com Inc. Chief Executive Jeff Bezos on Tuesday promised more retail stores …
May 18, 2016, 10:50 PMIn context
Dieter Bohn / The Verge:
Google announces Google Home, an always-listening small speaker to compete with Amazon Echo, coming out later this year, price unknown   —  For the past year and a half, the tech world has been recovering from Amazon's surprise announcement of the Echo.  Now, Google is finally doing what everybody wanted it to do: release a competitor.
May 18, 2016, 1:30 PMIn context
David Streitfeld / New York Times:
Sources: Google Home, Google's voice-activated Amazon Echo competitor, will be unveiled at I/O and ship this fall   —  SAN FRANCISCO — Google will introduce its much-anticipated entry into the voice-activated home device market on Wednesday, according to people who spoke on the condition of anonymity.
May 17, 2016, 6:23 PMIn context
Greg Bensinger / Wall Street Journal:
Amazon's Lab126 hardware unit is working on an Alexa-powered device featuring a tablet-like computer screen, known internally as “Knight”   —  The retailer is pushing to incorporate its robotic voice assistant in daily tasks like opening garage doors
May 17, 2016, 4:40 PMIn context
Mark Bergen / Recode:
Google brings shopping ads to image searches to fend off Amazon   —  The search giant is adding new offline perks for retailers, too.  —  As people use mobile phones more to shop, Google is doing more and more to make sure it's not cut out of the process.  Its latest move …
May 17, 2016, 10:50 AMIn context
Brian Heater / TechCrunch:
Fire TV gets new Alexa voice features, including app launching and restaurant searches   —  Amazon is giving TV viewers a few more, not-crazy reasons to talk back to their TVs.  After bringing the functionality to various properties, opening it to third-party hardware and letting developers get a crack at it …
May 17, 2016, 9:50 AMIn context
Jordan Novet / VentureBeat:
Amazon open sources DSSTNE, its library for building deep learning models, says it's 2.1X faster than Google's TensorFlow when run on specific AWS configuration   —  Amazon has suddenly made a remarkable entrance into the world of open-source software for deep learning.
May 16, 2016, 12:05 PMIn context
Wall Street Journal:
Walmart tests two-day subscription service to challenge Amazon Prime, builds regional delivery network around eight mega-warehouses in US with $2B investment   —  Retailer tests two-day shipping to challenge Prime, builds regional delivery network in U.S.  —  Wal-Mart Stores Inc. is testing …
May 16, 2016, 5:40 AMIn context
Greg Bensinger / Wall Street Journal:
Source: Amazon to debut new lines of private label products, including perishable foods and household items, for Prime members only in coming weeks   —  The first of the brands could appear on the company's website in coming weeks  —  Amazon.com Inc. in the coming weeks is set to roll …
May 15, 2016, 6:45 PMIn context
Chris Davies / SlashGear:
Amazon launches programmable $19.95 AWS IoT Button based on Dash hardware, that can be integrated with services like Twitter, Facebook, Netflix, Uber or Slack   —  Amazon has revealed a programmable Dash Button which can be assigned to any product or purpose, a customizable version of its one-touch reordering gadgets.
May 13, 2016, 3:15 PMIn context

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