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Will you be getting a smart home spy for Christmas?

“It’s pretty clear that Amazon and Google are losing money on every device they sell,” says Ed Thomas, principal analyst at technology analysis firm GlobalData. But the giant loss-leaders serve a higher purpose. “The hardware revenue they’ll derive from those sales is secondary to what the speaker delivers for them: they get a vast amount of extremely valuable user data.”

theguardian.com/technology/201

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