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• Amazon said yesterday that it is acquiring Eero, described as “a home mesh wi-fi system maker” that connects smart home devices and that has gotten a strong reputation for ease of use and and stability. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Wired writes that “the Eero buy clearly signals how serious the company is about rounding out its smart home hardware offerings - and squeezing as many Amazon-owned access points as it can into a person’s home. In just five years, Amazon has … launched its own array of smart home devices, starting with the first Echo speaker in 2014. The company's roster of smart home devices now includes multiple speakers, TV streaming boxes and sticks, connected television sets, countertop displays, a wall clock, and a DVR, not to mention oddball gadgets like a scanning wand that aids your grocery shopping and a camera that judges your outfits.” And that doesn’t even include its acquisition of smaller companies specializing in IoT-adjacent technology, such as Annapurna Labs, Blink, and Ring.

TechCrunch reports that “Amazon is taking on QVC with the launch of Amazon Live, which features live-streamed video shows from Amazon talent as well as those from brands that broadcast their own live streams through a new app, Amazon Live Creator. On the live shows, hosts talk about and demonstrate products available for sale on Amazon, much like they do on QVC. Beneath that sits a carousel where shoppers can browse product details and make purchases.
More than one video streams on Amazon Live at the same time, so shoppers can tune to the one that most interests them.”

Yahoo Finance reports that “Amazon Prime is expanding its Canadian footprint<‘ and plans to expand “its free, one-day delivery service that comes with an Amazon Prime membership to 13 additional cities and towns across Canada … The 13 cities, 11 of which are in Ontario, include Ancaster, Brantford, Cambridge, Dundas, Grimsby, Hamilton, Kitchener, London, Paris, Waterloo and Woodstock, Ont. as well as Quebec City, Que. and Victoria, B.C. All eligible orders over $25 placed before cut-off times will arrive by 9 p.m. the following day, including on weekends.”
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