Disclosure: I own a handful of AMZN shares. I kinda doubt my commentary will move the market for a $380BN company, however.

 

Predictions for 2017

BY SCOTT GALLOWAY AND MAUREEN MULLEN

Long-time subscribers might remember my link to the greatest digital media synthesis ever from October, featuring Scott. He and his colleague Maureen are out with their 2017 predictions, and with the major exception of Snapchat, which is building engagement as Instagram and Facebook flatten, I agree wholeheartedly with all of them. Right down to the political implications of Amazon’s rise.

Alexa: Amazon’s Operating System

BY BEN THOMPSON

Coming in at a 90-degree angle to Scott and Maureen’s analysis is Ben Thompson’s excellent post to start the year–basically an abridged history of the last 25 years in tech. Amazon appears to be incredibly well-positioned.

Alexa Just Conquered CES. The World Is Next.

BY DAVID PIERCE

Buried in this recap of CES is this throwaway line: “Amazon went from 1,000 to 7,000 Echo skills in the last seven months.” Whatever is even steeper than hockey-stick growth, Amazon is doing it with its developer “Echosystem”…

Amazon’s Alexa Moves in on Google’s Android System

BY JULIA LOVE

…to the point where major hardware manufacturers are including native Alexa integrations on Android systems. Google’s decision to limit Assistant to the Pixel phone may, out of necessity, be incredibly short-lived, if they end up losing the voice war to Amazon even on their own OS.

TV anchor says live on-air ‘Alexa, order me a dollhouse’ – guess what happens next

BY SHAUN NICHOLS

This is not fake news, nor even a link to an Onion article. It is, however, a Rorschach Test for your feelings on voice search. Personally, I’m impressed with Alexa’s ability to cut through amazing complexity with a single command.

Amazon’s Alexa Will Order Restaurant Delivery On Command

BY WHITNEY FILLOON

If it’s already working for dollhouses, I can imagine this kind of behavior will become pretty addictive when city-dwellers are craving takeout.

Amazon made 10x more money than any other e-commerce site during 2016 holidays [Slice data]

BY MATT MCGEE

Then there was this little nugget — which even made the Nightly Business Report, not exactly known as a cutting-edge technology outlet.

Coming full circle, Scott Galloway’s prediction of Amazon as the first trillion-dollar company–or at least the largest company in the world by the end of the year–looks pretty prescient.