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Amazon Alexa’s U.K. Health Partnership Speaks to a Voice-Assisted Future

When people in the U.K. ask Amazon’s Alexa health questions, they’ll get an answer from the country’s National Health Service.  

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Amazon Alexa’s U.K. Health Partnership Speaks to a Voice-Assisted Future

When people in the U.K. ask Amazon’s Alexa health questions, they’ll get an answer from the country’s National Health Service.   For example, ask “What should I do to stop...

PlanetiQ Lands $18.7 Million As Weather Satellite Startup Faces Rising Pressure for Data

Weather data company PlanetiQ raised $18.7 million this month to shoot more satellites into space, as climate change stokes demand for more accurate predictions and investors crowd into the space.  

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