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1. Amazon today announced a new version of its popular Alexa smart assistant to be used in hotel rooms, vacation rentals and similar locations....

2. Google says it will release a patch in the next few weeks to address a bug in the company's Home smart speaker and Chromecast TV devices that allows websites to collect precise user location data....

3. Verizon announced it would stop selling real-time user location data to third-party brokers, and now AT&T is following suit. ...

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1. Computer scientists from the University of Bonn have revealed a new predictive machine learning technique that allows an AI to anticipate a sequence of events up to five minutes in the future with accuracy between 15 and 40 percent....

“The Best Home Security”—Wirecutter ...

2. Graphene could be the new wonder material for fast-charging batteries and other energy-sharing applications. ...

4. A new survey among owners of smart speakers finds that only 6 percent of them are using their device to control smart home systems like lighting and heating. ...

5. Crate.io announced that the company has raised $11 million in Series A funding....

6. Swiss company Andrew Alliance announced a $14 million C-round for its life science lab robots. ...

8. Digital Trends has published a look at the shiny Star Trek technologies that are now (or soon will be) a reality. ...

9. Coming soon to Black Mirror......

10. Google can predict your death better than some doctors......

3. Embattled electronics manufacturer Foxconn has purchased a building in Milwaukee, Wisconsin for its North American HQ....

4. Motiv Power Systems last week introduced a new all-electric mobile blood bank, developed in partnership with Winnebago Industries. ...

5. Brooks Rainwater of the Center for City Solutions and Applied research at the National League of Cities writes that IoT and blockchain—put to use in building and converting smart cities—could help vulnerable families by increasing secure access to electricity, food and housing....

6. Writing for The Verge, Sarah Jeong has penned an entertaining parental tale for the age of AI-embedded anthropomorphic devices....

7. LG Uplus has launched smart bidet toilets and ventilators with Wi-Fi connections to be controlled via smartphone....

8. NASA's Opportunity rover is trapped beneath the dark Mars skies of a massive dust storm the size of the North American continent, and because Opportunity runs on solar energy, its battery status has dropped to the point that the rover is no longer transmitting back to Earth. ...

9. Strange (Io)Things are afoot......

10. Hey Google, quit tracking me......

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