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Cookie consent tools are being used to undermine EU privacy rules, study suggests

Cookie consent tools are being used to undermine EU privacy rules, study suggests Most cookie consent pop-ups served to internet users in the European Union — ostensibly seeking permission to track people’s web activity — are likely to be flouting regional privacy laws, a new study by researchers at MIT, UCL and […]

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Luminary launches its subscription-based podcast network on Alexa devices

Luminary launches its subscription-based podcast network on Alexa devices Luminary, a startup building a “Netflix for podcasts,” is now trying a new tack to gain subscribers for its premium service. The company is today launching an Alexa skill that will allow podcast listeners to stream content on Echo speakers and other Alexa-powered […]

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Apple and Spotify’s podcasts come to Echo devices in the U.S.

Apple and Spotify’s podcasts come to Echo devices in the U.S. Amazon Alexa can now play podcasts from Apple, making Amazon’s line of Echo devices the first third-party clients to support the Apple Podcasts service, without using AirPlay. Before, this level of support was limited to Apple’s HomePod. According to Amazon, the […]

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Max Q: SpaceX and Rocket Lab launch rockets and X-Wings take flight

Max Q: SpaceX and Rocket Lab launch rockets and X-Wings take flight Sign up here to receive Max Q weekly in your inbox, starting December 15. This week saw a ton of activity in the space industry, with multiple launches, key preparations for commercial crew missions, robots and much more. Besides all […]

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Alexa, where are the legal limits on what Amazon can do with my health data?

Alexa, where are the legal limits on what Amazon can do with my health data? The contract between the UK’s National Health Service (NHS) and ecommerce giant Amazon — for a health information licensing partnership involving its Alexa voice AI — has been released following a Freedom of Information request. The government […]

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Amazon’s Echo gets a decent-sounding refresh

Amazon’s Echo gets a decent-sounding refresh Amazon seemingly didn’t realize what it had on its hands with the original Echo. Released five and a half years back for a select number of Amazon Prime users, the first Alexa device ushered in a consumer electronics revolution. According to numbers from Canalys, 26.1 million […]

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Facebook’s new Portal increases privacy, but is still searching for a reason to exist

Facebook’s new Portal increases privacy, but is still searching for a reason to exist The timing of the original Portal’s launch was less than ideal. The company reportedly pushed things back as the Cambridge Analytica scandal hit full broil, only to be hit with another data breach disclosure. If there’s a lesson […]

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Daily Crunch: Amazon announces new Alexa devices

Daily Crunch: Amazon announces new Alexa devices The Daily Crunch is TechCrunch’s roundup of our biggest and most important stories. If you’d like to get this delivered to your inbox every day at around 9am Pacific, you can subscribe here. 1. Everything Amazon announced at its Alexa event Amazon held a big […]

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Amazon makes it easier for smart home devices to alert customers to low supply levels

Amazon makes it easier for smart home devices to alert customers to low supply levels Alongside all the new Alexa-powered consumer devices Amazon introduced yesterday, the company also unveiled a new set of tools for the makers of smart home device skills that will allow them to tap into Alexa to re-order […]

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Ears-on with Amazon’s new Echo earbuds, framebuds, and ringbud

Ears-on with Amazon’s new Echo earbuds, framebuds, and ringbud Amazon announced more than a few devices today during an event at its headquarters in Seattle, and it was the smallest gadgets that made the biggest impression. The company built Alexa into earbuds, glasses, and a ring with the Echo Buds, Echo Frames, […]

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