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Amazon Says Alexa’s Speech is Protected by the First Amendment
February 24th, 2017 by The Verge
Amazon has filed a motion to dismiss a search warrant for recordings from an Echo owned by a suspected murderer. Amazon argues that both its users’ requests to Alexa and the response the company produces are protected under the First Amendment. The company says it should only have to turn this data over...

How Spotify, Amazon, and Zappos Built Successful Digital Marketplaces
February 23rd, 2017 by Digiday
Global marketplaces are hardly a new phenomenon. By circumventing the Silk Road, the long overland trade road that once connected China to the West, European seafarers like Bartolomeu Dias and Vasco da Gama paved a more direct trade route to Asia and its goods.
Facebook Reportedly Working on Deal to Live Stream MLB Games
February 22nd, 2017 by The Verge
Facebook is in discussions with Major League Baseball to retain live streaming rights to one game per week, according to a report this afternoon from Reuters. The deal, while far from finalized, would give Facebook a significant edge in the business of live events. These events, sports especially, are an area of increasing interest to the company as it invests heavily in video...
Google and Microsoft: No More Piracy Sites on the First Page of UK Results
February 21st, 2017 by The Verge
Google and Microsoft have both voluntarily agreed to follow a new code in the United Kingdom to de-list piracy websites from the front page of Google search and Bing results, as well as remove autocomplete terms that could direct users to illegal content, according to a report from The Telegraph.
Relax, Your Smartphone Probably Isn't Destroying Your Relationships
February 20th, 2017 by Fast Company
In a 2011 study at Stanford University, researchers asked a group of girls ages 8 to 12 by to surf the internet for up to five hours, then share how happy and socially comfortable they felt. The results weren’t encouraging. The more time the girls spent online, the less content and at ease in social settings they became...
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