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[Update: Amazon responds] Google pulling YouTube from Echo Show and Fire TV after failed talks with Amazon

Google and Amazon haven't played well over the years. Back in 2015, Amazon pulled the Chromecast and Nexus Player (among other similar devices) from its online store to boost sales of its own Fire TV products. Earlier this year, Google blocked YouTube from working on the Echo Show, and later partially restored the functionality after talks with Amazon. Meanwhile, Amazon Prime Video still isn't compatible with the Chromecast or most Android TV devices.

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2MB Amazon Kindle Lite beta lets you read your eBooks over slow networks, but it's likely India-only

Have you ever tried to read an eBook while on the move, only to be let down because your connection was just too slow? Amazon has just the app for you: Kindle Lite. This 2MB app is in beta, and it's designed to be loaded over slow 2G networks in India.

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YouTube is back on Amazon Echo Show

Back in May, Amazon unveiled the Echo Show, an Alexa-powered Echo speaker with a touchscreen. One of its features was searching for YouTube videos, until Google blocked it due to an unspecified Terms of Use violation on Amazon's part.

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[Deal Alert] Refurbished Amazon Tap and first-gen Echo for $59.99 and $69.99 (both $20 off) from Amazon

Two months ago, Amazon unveiled a slew of new hardware, including the first update to the company's iconic Echo speaker. As with all technology, new products coming out means the old ones get cheaper. Now you can buy a certified refurbished first-gen Echo for $69.99, and a refurbished Tap for $59.99, both $20 off the usual price.

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[Deal Alert] Amazon's all-new Fire HD 10 with Alexa starts at $99.99 ($50 off)

Tablets are a bit of a dying breed, but Amazon is one of the few companies that keeps on trucking in that product segment. The recently-announced Fire HD 10 already represented a great value, with or without "special offers." For Black Friday, however, the giant retailer is offering these devices for $50 off, starting at $99 and going up from there.

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Amazon brings Alexa, Echo, Prime Music, and related developer tools to Canada

Today is a big day for Canada, at least when it comes to mega-retailer Amazon's products and services. The company has announced Canadian availability of its Alexa-powered smart hardware with a special short-term promotional discount, as well as the regional availability of its Prime Music streaming service. Developers can even get in on the action, as some Alexa-related software and hardware development tools are also now available in the country. 

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BlueBorne vulnerability affected Google Home and Amazon Echos, but both have been patched

Vulnerabilities. There's a new flavor of the week every few days and in this highly connected world, it's tough to keep up, whether it's for users who don't know which of their devices are vulnerable and have/haven't been patched or for companies who are scrambling to fix one bug only to see the next one around the corner.

The BlueBorne vulnerability affected Bluetooth devices and could be exploited by hackers to completely take over a device with Bluetooth just turned on, without pairing with it first. Android patched it in September, but it appears that Amazon Echo and Google Home devices were left vulnerable for a while.

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Amazon reportedly drops plans for TV streaming service

Earlier this week, rumors about an ad-supported video service from Amazon began to circulate. Amazon selectively denied that rumor, but a new report from Reuters claims that Amazon was working on a YouTube TV-like service until very recently.

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Amazon Music app adds Chromecast support

Amazon and Google's relationship over the past few years has been nothing short of an epic love-war popcorn-worthy chess battle. Amazon removes Chromecasts from its store, Google disables YouTube on Echo Shows, Amazon removes the Prime Video app from the Play Store then for some reason returns it. Now in one surprisingly nice move, Amazon has added Chromecast support to its Music app, maybe finally realizing that locking users out of certain functions or devices doesn't do it any good.

The Chromecast integration has been showing up for a couple of weeks inside the Amazon Music app: TechHive reported it at the start of the month, but at the time it was only showing for some devices.

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Amazon reportedly working on an ad-supported video service, company selectively refutes rumors

According to AdAge, Amazon may be making an ad-driven "complement" to its Prime Video streaming service. This could be huge news, as a video service that's free in any form could be a significant disruption to the current streaming status quo. That is, if it's true. Amazon has told other outlets that it isn't working on an "ad-supported version of Prime Video." However, based on the details reported by AdAge, that might not be a denial. 

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