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Recode Daily: Amazon’s Alexa-everywhere strategy is the big story at CES

The voice-controlled assistant is being integrated into TVs, appliances and gadgets.


Amazons efforts to make Alexa the voice-control platform of choice are on full display at CES. Among the latest integrations: An Echo competitor from Lenovo, Dish’s Hopper DVR, smart appliances from Whirlpool and TVs from three Chinese-owned brands. (Keep an eye on our liveblog for updates from Las Vegas.) — [John Cook / Geek Wire]

Tesla fell just short of its 80,000-car delivery target for 2016, despite a 27 percent increase in Q4 sales. The company blamed production challenges related to its Autopilot system. — [Johana Bhuiyan / Recode]

Donald Trump tweeted out criticism of GM for selling Mexico-assembled Cruze hatchbacks in the U.S. and praise for Ford for canceling a $1.6 billion factory in Mexico and expanding production in Michigan. But in both cases, the full story is not so straightforward and has more to do with market forces than Trump’s election. — [Ylan Q. Mui and Steven Overly / Washington Post]

Scott Dadich, the top editor at Wired magazine for the last four years, is leaving the Conde Nast tech publication. He'll be replaced by Nicholas Thompson, the digital editor of the New Yorker and a former senior editor at Wired. — [Peter Kafka / Recode]

Intel made another move to ensure that it will be part of the nascent self-driving car industry, taking a 15 percent stake in Here Maps, the former Nokia mapping unit owned by a consortium of German automakers. — [Ina Fried / Recode]

Two more big names are joining the already impressive speaker lineup for the Code Media conference Feb. 13-14 in Laguna Niguel, Calif.: Washington Post Editor Marty Baron, who has helped transform the paper into a leading digital publisher, and movie industry veteran Stacey Snider, the new CEO at 20th Century Fox. Register now. — [Peter Kafka / Recode]

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