Amazon Weekly Digest: Week of March 5

This is your host, The Badger, providing you with the top Amazon news stories this week. Welcome to Amazon Weekly Digest!

This week, the Academy Awards aired, Spotify revealed their plan for world domination, and Amazon’s Alexa just can’t stop laughing. 

Many Amazon Alexa users have reported unprompted laughing coming from their device. Some have taken to social media to say it’s “the scariest sh*t they’ve ever heard.”

According to the article from NPR an Alexa owner said, “I was trying to turn off some lights and they kept turning back on,” one Reddit user observed. “After the third request, Alexa stopped responding and instead did an evil laugh.”

 Usually Lol-ing is a good thing. 

In other Amazon news:

Courtesy of Bloomberg

In an opinion article by Bloomberg columnist the relationship between Amazon and its sellers is explored. 

Courtesy of Fast Company

Amazon is seeing very strong digital ad growth and with the dominance of Alexa, Amazon finds itself is a unique position to deliver ads differently than Google and Facebook. Read more here

Courtesy of New York Times

Due to low loyalty from people with low incomes, Amazon is offering a discount for those who have the public health insurance plan, Medicaid. More here