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• The MIT Technology Review reports that Amazon has decided not to allow advertising on its Alexa-powered Echo smart speakers.


But, the story says, Amazon is “wrestling with how to let third-party firms make money off of software designed for its virtual assistant.” The concern continues to be that unsolicited advertising delivered by Alexa or her minions would alienate users. One short term fix, the Review writes, may be to “experiment with premium skills, where users pay a few dollars for specific features. That may appease developers - for a while, at least.”
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