Forget the Alexa-Powered Toilet. The Big Local News at CES is the Amazon Echo Auto

While it may be the Alexa-powered toilet dominating water-cooler conversation this week, the real device to look out for is Amazon’s Echo Auto, an Alexa-powered, voice-activated product that will provide all the utility of Alexa, and connections to other voice-activated devices, from the dashboard of buyers’ cars. The device, which can be requested for just $25 and is available to a limited number of consumers now, has already been requested a whopping one million times—and counting.

Street Fight Daily: Google Revamps Maps, Echo’s Market Share Slides as Speaker War Heats Up

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal publishing, marketing, commerce, and technology… Google Maps Platform Arrives, Changing the Game for Developers… Amazon Echo Losing Market Share as Smart Speaker Rivalry Intensifies… Square’s Loss Widens As Spending Picks Up…

#SFSNYC: Inside Amazon’s Voice-Search Strategy

Dave Isbitski, chief evangelist for Echo and Alexa at Amazon, sat down with Street Fight on Wednesday to discuss Amazon’s voice strategy and the implications of voice-search technology for local businesses.

Street Fight Daily: Yelp Stock Plummets as Rivals Accumulate, Snap Stares Down First Earnings Report

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal publishing, marketing, commerce, and technology… Yelp Is Getting Eviscerated After Toning Down Expectations for 2017… Snap’s First Earnings Report: Will User Growth Be More Twitter or Facebook?… Walmart’s Jet Opens the ‘Grocery Store of the Future’ in NYC…

Making Sense of Amazon’s Push Deeper Into Local

Clearly Amazon is positioning itself in the sales funnel aggressively, Mike Blumenthal tells David Mihm. “And unlike Google their presale efforts lead directly to sales that they control. ”