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Welcome home, Alexa (The 3:59, Ep. 107)

On today's podcast, we talk about Amazon's new Echo Dot, which is powered by the Alexa voice assistant. Also, we tackle Twitter and the NFL, Pandora Plus, and LinkNYC.


Amazon has gotten very good at selling its own cheap electronics to gain customers for its new services and platforms. It did it with e-readers and tablets. It's now doing the same with the smart home.

We talk about Amazon's new Echo Dot and how it plans to use the $50 device to build up followers for its Alexa voice assistant, which powers the gadget.

Also on this podcast, we hit on Twitter's deal to stream National Football League games, Pandora's new subscription service and a snag with New York's public Wi-Fi project.

The 3:59 gives you bite-size news and analysis about the top stories of the day, brought to you by the CNET News team in New York and producer Bryan VanGelder.

Check out the extended shows on YouTube.

Welcome home, Alexa (The 3:59, Ep. 107)


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