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The Week in Tech – What’s So Funny, Alexa?

There’s a ton of tech news to get to! Maybe you didn’t get to it all, because who’s got time for that? Well, that’d be us — here are a handful of stories from the week in tech that might affect you!

Alexa was laughing randomly at people over the past couple weeks, but Amazon killed the joke

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Amazon Alexa users got an unexpected dose of techno-dystopia over the past few weeks, with many reporting that Alexa would randomly break into laughter, unprompted, as if a scheme had come to fruition (to be fair, Amazon’s scheme to get in a ton of people’s homes has come to fruition). Late this week, Amazon reported that they had figured out the issue — the “Alexa, laugh” command was a little too easy for Alexa to mistakenly hear. They replaced it with the longer “Alexa, can you laugh?”, which should cut down on the number of people feeling extremely freaked out by their disturbingly mirthful digital companion.

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