Sep 17, 2018

Report: Amazon to release at least 8 new Alexa devices

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Amazon is set to release at least eight Alexa-powered devices before the end of the year, including a microwave oven, an amplifier and a receiver, CNBC reports.

Why it matters: Scale matters in the world of voice assistants, writes Axios' Ina Fried. So it pays for Amazon to get Alexa built into as many types of devices as possible as it looks to fend off Google and others. This is also Amazon's first move into the home appliances space, opening it up to competition with companies like Sonos and GE.

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Supreme Court to hear Philadelphia case over same-sex foster parents

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The Supreme Court agreed Monday to hear a high-profile case that could reshape the bounds of First Amendment protections for religion.

Why it matters: The direct question in this case is whether Philadelphia had the right to cancel a contract with an adoption agency that refused to place foster children with same-sex couples. It also poses bigger questions that could lead the court to overturn a key precedent and carve out new protections for religious organizations.

Why Apple may move to open iOS

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Apple may finally allow iPhone owners to set email or browsing apps other than Apple's own as their preferred defaults, according to a Bloomberg report from last week.

The big picture: Customers have long clamored for the ability to choose their preferred apps, and now Apple, like other big tech companies, finds itself under increased scrutiny over anything perceived as anticompetitive.