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A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal publishing, marketing, commerce, and technology…

Google To Introduce Its Voice-Activated Home Device (New York Times)
Google will introduce its much-anticipated entry into the voice-activated home device market on Wednesday. Named Google Home, the device is a virtual agent that answers simple questions and carries out basic tasks and will compete with Amazon’s Echo.

Amazon To Open More Brick-and-Mortar Stores, Beef Up Prime Services (Wall Street Journal)
Amazon.com Chief Executive Jeff Bezos on Tuesday promised more retail stores as well as new services for the company’s Prime unlimited shipping membership. (Subscription required.) Recode: Amazon launches restaurant delivery in Manhattan with more than 350 eateries.

ClipCall Uses Mobile and Video to Help Consumers Connect with Home Service Providers (Street Fight)
Lots of companies have taken a whack at the local home services space — from Angie’s List to a raft of startups. ClipCall


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Source: Street Fight