Mar 16, 2017

Amazon adds Alexa to iOS app

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Amazon is bringing Alexa to iOS so it will soon be even easier to make impulsive purchases from your iPhone.

What it does: Helps you search for products and make purchases. Streams media. Answers questions about the weather, traffic, news and other ephemera.

Why it matters: Some of Amazon's rivals in the voice assistant wars, like Apple and Microsoft, have assistant products available on iOS. It also has the added effect of exposing users to Alexa, which is the core feature of several speaker products Amazon sells.

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Coronavirus kills 2 Diamond Princess passengers and South Korea sees first death

Data: The Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins, the CDC, and China's Health Ministry. U.S. numbers include Americans extracted from Princess Cruise ship.

Two elderly Diamond Princess passengers have been killed by the novel coronavirus — the first deaths confirmed among the more than 600 infected aboard the cruise ship. South Korea also announced its first death Thursday.

The big picture: COVID-19 has now killed more than 2,200 people and infected over 75,465 others, mostly in mainland China, where the National Health Commission announced 118 new deaths since Thursday.

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SoftBank to cut its stake to get T-Mobile's Sprint deal done

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T-Mobile and Sprint announced a revised merger agreement that will see SoftBank getting a smaller share of the combined company, while most shareholders will receive the previously agreed upon exchange rate. The companies said they hope to get the deal as early as April 1.

Why it matters: The amended deal reflects the decline in Sprint's business, while leaving most shareholders' stake intact and removing another hurdle to the deal's closure.