Netflix Follow-up, Sonos + Alexa, MongoDB IPOs

Netflix cancels its non-evergreen content, and isn’t really relevant to Nielsen. Then, a Sonos and Alexa partnership makes sense for both sides, and MongoDB has a thoroughly modern IPO.

Alexa and Cortana, Apple Moves Siri, Tim Cook’s Blindspot

Alexa and Cortana’s partnership makes sense when you consider the company’s business models, goals, and partnership impetus (and it shows why Apple and Google won’t come along). Then, why Siri’s reorganization won’t help much.

Amazon Echo Show, Siri Speaker, Echo Look

Echo Show is a naturally evolution of the Echo and Amazon’s goal to own the house. Siri speaker, meanwhile, is locked into iPhone thinking. Plus, the Echo Look’s focus on selfies highlights the decline in offline retail.

Alexa: Amazon’s Operating System

Money is made at chokepoints, and the most valuable chokepoints are operating systems; Amazon is building exactly that with Alexa.

Amazon Echo Expands, The Nest Failure, Microsoft and Slack

There are a lot of useful lessons to draw from Amazon Echo’s early success, particularly when placed in contrast to Google’s Nest. Microsoft should pay heed if in fact they had a chance to buy Slack.

Daily Update: Initial Thoughts on Microsoft Office, Amazon Echo, WireLurker

Microsoft made a stunning announcement about Microsoft Office that both shows they understand their position and demonstrates how much delay cost them. Then, the Amazon Echo could be a much bigger deal that people think; it is a very different product than the Fire phone. Finally, a concerning new vector for malware on iOS.