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Google Home: a $129 speaker that plays advertisements when you ask it for a “daily briefing”

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Google Home, an artificial intelligence assistant at home that can control the TV, music, security and answer pretty much any question. Photo: Frederik Hermann / flickr.

Owners of Google Home smart-speakers got a surprise today when their personal assistants finished the “daily briefing” (a rundown of weather, calendar reminders an traffic info) with a plug for Disney’s new Beauty and the Beast movie: “By the way, Disney’s live action Beauty and The Beast opens today,” followed by a long spiel for the movie.

Even if you pay for the product, you’re still the product. Google claims it wasn’t an ad.

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