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Google plans to launch its Amazon Echo competitor later this year | Recode Daily: May 12, 2016

The project's internal code name: Chirp.

The Amazon Echo (l), Dot (m) and Tap (r)
The Amazon Echo (l), Dot (m) and Tap (r)
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.Google's voice-assisted search app is considered by many to be the best one out there, and soon it will have its own device to live in. The company plans to launch its own Amazon Echo competitor later this year. The internal project code name: Chirp.
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.How did Facebook screw up its free mobile Internet program in India? In just about every way imaginable, says a very good Guardian feature. Mark Zuckerberg and executives clashed with entrepreneurs, telecoms, government officials and everyday people; a Facebook ad campaign only made things worse. Zuck has already started turning his attention further east.
[Rahul Bhatia | The Guardian]

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[John Markoff | The New York Times]

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