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With 100M devices sold, Alexa has achieved some level of product-market fit, but Amazon is still looking for Alexa’s strategic place within its…

Benedict Evans : With 100M devices sold, Alexa has achieved some level of product-market fit, but Amazon is still looking for Alexa's strategic place within its business   —  Amazon's Alexa has been a huge, impressive and unexpected achievement.  Amazon created a category from scratch and left both the AI leader Google …

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As NYC’s driver minimum wage law goes into effect, Uber increases its prices and Lyft sues NYC’s Taxi and Limousine Commission and says prices will…

Sara Ashley O'Brien / CNN : As NYC's driver minimum wage law goes into effect, Uber increases its prices and Lyft sues NYC's Taxi and Limousine Commission and says prices will increase   —  New York (CNN Business)Uber and Lyft customers will have to pay more for their rides as a result of the first-of-its-kind driver minimum wage law in New York City.

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DNA testing firm FamilyTreeDNA is working with the FBI and allowing agents to search its 1M+ DNA profiles, raising user concerns about data privacy…

Salvador Hernandez / BuzzFeed News : DNA testing firm FamilyTreeDNA is working with the FBI and allowing agents to search its 1M+ DNA profiles, raising user concerns about data privacy   —  Family Tree DNA, one of the largest private genetic testing companies whose home-testing kits enable people to trace their ancestry and locate relatives …

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Report: Bill Stasior no longer in charge of Siri as team’s strategy shifts from minor updates to long-term research as part new Apple AI chief’s…

Mikey Campbell / AppleInsider : Report: Bill Stasior no longer in charge of Siri as team's strategy shifts from minor updates to long-term research as part new Apple AI chief's restructuring   —  Apple executive Bill Stasior, who has led the Siri team since joining the company in 2012, has been removed as head of the project …

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Source: Spotify in advanced talks to acquire popular podcast producer Gimlet for $200M+; Gimlet would be Spotify’s first purchase of an original…

Peter Kafka / Recode : Source: Spotify in advanced talks to acquire popular podcast producer Gimlet for $200M+; Gimlet would be Spotify's first purchase of an original content maker   —  Spotify wants to break out of the music streaming business.  Gimlet, the company behind shows like Crimetown and Reply All, can help.

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