Amazon's Echo and other smart speakers do much more than you realize

Harman Kardon’s Invoke is Microsoft’s first true Amazon Echo competitor. When Amazon first debuted its Alexa-powered Echo smart speaker in 2014, expectations for the device were relatively high. More than two years later, the Echo’s success has spurred a new war of the tech titans: Companies including Apple (AAPL), Google (GOOG, GOOGL), Microsoft (MSFT), Samsung and a slew of their Chinese counterparts have either released their own smart speakers or will likely release them soon.

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China vs the World: Smartphone giants face a low-cost threat

If you're in the market for a new smartphone, you might want to give these Chinese handsets a chance.

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Big Cable broke its promise and you're paying for it

The cable industry promised consumers free apps to replace rented cable boxes. We're still waiting.

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Twitter’s China boss Kathy Chen quits after eight months

NEW YORK/BEIJING (Reuters) – Twitter Inc executive Kathy Chen, brought in to run Greater China just over eight months ago, has quit, according to a tweet sent by her over the weekend. Twitter has been blocked in China since 2009 but is still used through virtual private networks (VPN). “Now that the Twitter APAC team is working directly with Chinese advertisers, this is the right time for me to leave the company,” she wrote.

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Dog fight: Start-ups take aim at errant drones

A boom in consumer drone sales has spawned a counter-industry of start-ups aiming to stop drones flying where they shouldn't, by disabling them or knocking them out of the sky. Dozens of start-up firms are developing techniques – from deploying birds of prey to firing gas through a bazooka – to take on unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) that are being used to smuggle drugs, drop bombs, spy on enemy lines or buzz public spaces. The arms race is fed in part by the slow pace of government regulation for drones.

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Apple to boost China investments as demand slows

By Paul Carsten BEIJING (Reuters) – Apple Inc will boost its investment in China, one of its largest but increasingly challenging markets, and build its first Asia-Pacific research and development center in the country, Chief Executive Tim Cook said on Tuesday. Cook made the pledge during a trip to China, at least his second in four months, as demand for Apple's iPhones has plummeted in the world's second-largest economy and the government remains wary about foreign technology. Apple's new research and development center will be built by the end of the year, Cook told Vice Premier Zhang Gaoli, one of China's most senior officials, according to CCTV, the official Chinese state broadcaster.

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Alibaba says it is not making an investment in Netflix

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Alibaba Group Holding Inc is not making an investment in Netflix Inc, Alibaba spokesman Bob Christie told Reuters on Friday. Christie was responding to market rumors about a possible deal between the Chinese e-commerce company and the U.S. video service. (Reporting by Peter Henderson; Editing by Richard Chang)

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Siemens CEO says not interested in robot maker Kuka

Siemens has no interest in becoming a white knight for German robot maker Kuka , which is the target of a 4.5 billion euro ($5.06 billion) takeover bid by Chinese home appliance maker Midea , Siemens' chief executive said. “If we had been interested, we would have acted on it some time ago,” Joe Kaeser told German broadcaster ntv in an interview. Midea's bid has fanned a furious debate over Chinese takeovers in Europe, with politicians such as German Economy Minister Sigmar Gabriel calling for tougher restrictions.

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Wikipedia warns against French attempt to extend EU privacy law globally

Wikipedia co-founder Jimmy Wales has said an attempt by France to give an online privacy ruling global force is opening up a “disastrous can of worms” and could spur global censorship. Google appealed last month against an order from the French data protection authority to remove certain web search results globally. A 2014 ruling by the European Court of Justice allowed people to ask the likes of Google or Microsoft's Bing to remove inadequate or irrelevant information from web results brought up by searching for their name.

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