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Kids and Smart Speakers: What Could Go Wrong?

By Wendy Lee, SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE

December 15, 2017

http://www.sfchronicle.com/business/article/Kids-and-smart-speakers-Wha…

When 5-year-old Colin Martin wants to find out where snow leopards live or what sounds animals make, he doesn’t have to ask his parents. He can just say “Hey, Google,” and an Internet-connected speaker will spit out an answer.

“I like it,” Colin said of his family’s Google Home .

How Google and Amazon are ‘spying’ on you

You would be forgiven for thinking that your private conversations were just that, but two leading voice assistants are listening to everything you say, a new report claims.

Patent applications from Amazon and Google revealed how their Alexa and Voice Assistant powered smart speakers are ‘spying’ on you.

The study warns of an Orwellian future in which the gadgets eavesdrop on everything from confidential conversations to your toilet flushing habits.

Future versions of gadgets like the Echo and Home will use this data to try and sell you products, it says.

Google and Amazon really DO want to spy on you: Patent reveals future versions of their voice assistants will record your conversations to sell you products

You would be forgiven for thinking that your private conversations were just that, but two leading voice assistants are listening to everything you say, a new report claims.
Patent applications from Amazon and Google revealed how their Alexa and Voice Assistant powered smart speakers are 'spying' on you.
The study warns of an Orwellian future in which the gadgets eavesdrop on everything from confidential conversations to your toilet flushing habits.
Future versions of gadgets like the Echo and Home will use this data to try and sell you products, it says.

Driverless cars won’t need backup drivers in California next year

A white Toyota Highlander rigged with cameras and sensors winds through San Francisco’s Financial District. It eases into an intersection, checks for pedestrians and allows oncoming traffic to pass before making a left turn. These turns are complicated for any driver in the city — but here, the person behind the wheel is only there to monitor the car as it navigates itself. This autonomous vehicle belongs to Zoox, a Menlo Park startup in the race to develop fully self-driving cars.

Consumer Watchdog, Anti-Trust Experts Warn of Higher Prices From Disney-Fox Merger

By Ricardo Lopez, VARIETY

December 14, 2017

http://variety.com/2017/biz/news/consumer-impact-disney-fox-1202641240/

Consumers can expect to pay more for streaming subscriptions if regulators give the greenlight to the proposed $52.4-billion merger of Disney and Fox, a consumer advocacy group and anti-trust law experts warned Thursday.