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We've been waiting a long time for either the Google Home or Amazon's Alexa AI assistant to reach Australian shores. Both are voice-activated speakers that can handle a bit of your life admin, giving you a calendar update or keeping track of your shopping list. But now they can talk to each other — and they get along — so I'm not sure how long it'll take until they realise that they should just team up and kill all humans.

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A couple of hours after Amazon announced the new Echo Show, a touchscreen communication device powered by the company's AI voice assistant Alexa, I got an email from a PR firm representing a company called Nucleus. The subject was salacious: "Amazon is out for blood - the Echo Show is proof." I almost never reply to these emails, but the story this one told intrigued me.

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Hold onto your butts, ladies and gents, because Amazon just announced a new grandmaster Echo gadget with the company's voice-assistant technology built in. It's called the Echo Show. It has a touchscreen. It has Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. It costs $US230 ($311). And it's even creepier than its siblings.

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It's a cartoon cliche that's a cliche for a reason. Mail carriers really do live in fear of Fido. And now that Americans are increasingly doing their shopping online, the beleaguered members of the U.S. Postal Service have been getting bitten by dogs more often. They have even built an app to help avoid the canines that are just trying to protect their home from the dangerous package deliveries.

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Amazon's Australian rollout plan has just been laid out by a former executive of the company - and we finally have a launch date. From next year, Australians will reportedly be able to use the online shopping service to purchase a huge variety of products, including groceries, clothing, electronics and even takeaway food. Here are all the services Australia will be getting: from fresh food delivery to Amazon Prime Now.

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Expert analysis has predicted a shocking result for Australian retailers within the first five years of Amazon entering the local market. We're talking major losses for JB Hi-Fi, Myer and Harvey Norman.

The figures are so damning that Harvey Norman may have already lost market value in part based on the analysis, with Gerry Harvey taking a $100 million hit to his personal wealth.

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It's pilot season, and Amazon is again asking viewers to suggest which of their shows should move forward this year. One of them is Oasis, a sci-fi drama about a chaplain who helps bring religion to a dying space colony. Also, God might be there. Or aliens. Or both. It's kind of hard to tell at this point.

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Amazon won't fight a subpoena that had hoped to use information gathered from an Echo speaker in the investigation of a murder case. Amazon had previously refused to hand over information to the cops, citing First Amendment protections, but has now acquiesced after the defendant gave authorities permission to access the data.