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By Alan Coleman on 3 Feb 2017

In this monthly Battle of the Internet Giants post we cover Google's Achilles' heel, Amazon killings, augmented reality furniture and virtual reality fornication.

Amazon Go Kills the Checkout

Amazon has launched the shop of the future, with no checkouts! Customers can enter the store, pick up their items, leave and their Amazon account will automatically be charged. A brilliant example of technology removing friction from our lives. Unsettling questions raised for the job market however.

Amazon Echo Witnesses a Murder

A man in Arkansas was murdered in a hot tub. Police found an Amazon Echo at the scene and have requested the stored audio from Amazon.

Snapchat Acquired Interesting Augmented Reality Company.

Augmented Reality innovators Snapchat just bought an AR company, which allows people to see what items of furniture would look like in their home. I’m looking forward to learning how that piece of tech impacts conversion rates.

Tinder Needs to Buy a Virtual Reality Company: Don’t Watch This Video in the Office!

Virtual infidels are being rumbled late at night going full throttle in their own living rooms. Viewer discretion advised.

Google Addresses Its Achilles' Heel.

Google has become one of the biggest companies in the world by establishing itself as our window to the web. The rise of mobile usage has seen people shift their online behaviour from the World Wide Web to apps. Content in apps has been invisible to Google searchers. In the last week, Google has started to test 'Instant Apps', which allows searchers to jump into apps they've not downloaded yet.

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