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Amazon's staggering dominance in the voice-assistant market

Amazon dominates the voice-assistant market, per eMarketer, which is skyrocketing in use amongst millennials — Amazon's Echo has 70.6%, Google Home takes up 23.8%, and everyone else: 6.6% (Lenovo, LG, Harmon Kardon and Mattel).

Adapted from a May 2017 eMarketer chart; Chart: Axios Visuals

Why it matters: Voice adoption is exploding, and Amazon is light-years ahead of everyone else in this category. This year, monthly voice-enabled device usage is up almost 130% year-over-year in the United States.

What's next: The future of search is voice, images and video, so this could be the first big step in potentially putting a dent into Google's search dominance. Google is expected to take roughly 78% of search advertising and owns a majority of desktop and mobile search traffic.

Correction: The growth of Amazon voice-enabled device usage has been corrected to 130%

Mike Allen 4 hours ago
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A White House olive branch: no plan to fire Mueller

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After a weekend at war with the Mueller investigation, the White House is extending an olive branch. Ty Cobb, the White House lawyer handling the probe, plans to issue this statement:

“In response to media speculation and related questions being posed to the Administration, the White House yet again confirms that the President is not considering or discussing the firing of the Special Counsel, Robert Mueller.”

Why it matters: The White House strategy had been to cooperate with Mueller. So this is an effort to turn down the temperature after a weekend of increasingly personal provocations aimed at the special counsel.

Jonathan Swan 6 hours ago
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Trump's trade plan that would blow up the WTO

President Trump announces tariffs on steel and aluminum earlier this month, flanked by Steven Mnuchin, Wilbur Ross, Robert Lighthizer, and Peter Navarro. Photo: Chip Somodevilla / Getty Images

For months, President Donald Trump has been badgering his economic advisors to give him broad, unilateral authority to raise tariffs — a move that would all but break the World Trade Organization.

His favorite word: “reciprocal.” He’s always complaining to staff about the fact that the U.S. has much lower tariffs on some foreign goods than other countries have on the same American-made goods. The key example is cars: The European Union has a 10 percent tariff on all cars, including those manufactured in America, and China hits all foreign-made cars with 25 percent tariffs. But the U.S. only charges 2.5 percent for foreign cars we import.