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Over the past year, workers at Google, Microsoft and Amazon have demanded that their employers stop supplying technology to the U.S. military and other government agencies. But a new book from the historian Margaret O’Mara shows how the tech industry might not exist without the patronage of big government—and particularly the defense industry.
As buzz about Alexa, Amazon’s voice-activated assistant, spread throughout tech in early 2016, Uber pounced on the opportunity to let people summon cars with a simple command: “Alexa, ask Uber to request a ride.”
More than three years later, Uber receives orders for only a few hundred rides a day through Alexa, said a person briefed on the matter. That amounts to less ...
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