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You can now use Amazon Echo as an intercom system for your home — here's how (AMZN)

Amazon's Echo devices have a new trick: They can be used like an intercom system inside your house.

For example, you can now call the Echo Dot in your bedroom from the standard Echo in your living room. Or, you can stream video from an Echo Show in your baby's room to another Echo Show in your kitchen.

All you have to do in either case is ask Alexa, Amazon's intelligent assistant, which is built into its Echo gadgets. 

You'll be able to access the intercom feature via the Alexa smartphone and tablet app also. So, if your kids have Echos in their rooms, you use your phone to talk to them through their smart speakers, instead of yelling up the stairs at them. And, via the smartphone app, you can call them directly on their Echo speakers even when you're away from home.  


Prime minister Modi could lecture Trump on climate change — India is leapfrogging the US on renewables

India's prime minister Narendra Modi is meeting with President Donald Trump on Monday, and the agenda could include climate change as the two prepare for the G-20 Summit in July.

In the wake of Trump's withdrawal from the Paris climate agreement, Modi might have a thing or two to lecture the American president about. India is leapfrogging the US with ambitious renewable energy goals — and it's achieving them.

Following the US' departure from the Paris accord, countries like India, China, and the EU have "stepped up to fill the void the US left behind" John Coequyt, the Sierra Club's global climate policy director, told Business Insider on Monday.

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3 CNN staffers are out over retracted Russia investigation story

A CNN reporter and two editors have resigned over a story the news network retracted days ago.

The article written by Thomas Frank claimed that the Senate Intelligence Committee was looking into Anthony Scaramucci, a former Goldman Sachs executive and key member of President Donald Trump's transition team, over a meeting he had with Kirill Dmitriev, an executive from the Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF), during the transition.

Frank, editor Eric Lichtblau, and the editor-in-chief of "CNN Investigates," Lex Haris, have resigned from CNN, according to a Washington Post report on Monday.


Apple is crushing the Swiss watch industry — and one brand is particularly vulnerable (AAPL, FOSL)

Smartwatches are taking over our wrists, and it's likely to get worse for traditional Swiss watchmakers, according to UBS. 

The Apple Watch is bigger than every Swiss watch brand except Rolex, analysts at the bank said in a note on Monday. And Swatch is most vulnerable in this environment, according to Helen Brand and her colleagues. 

Swiss watchmakers recognize the demand for wearables, but are reluctant to dive in because they would need to rely on the tech companies that make the microprocessors that replace the mechanical parts, UBS said.

Also, the high-end companies could hurt their status when they sell wearables cheaper than they would traditional timepieces. That puts Swatch at the most risk because it leans more heavily towards entry-level products than its peers, Brand said.


Volvo will use NVIDIA's supercomputer to power its self-driving cars in 2021 (NVDA)

Nvidia announced its third automotive partnership this year as it looks to beat competitors like Intel in the race to power self-driving cars.

Nvidia will install its Drive PX supercomputer system in Volvo cars by 2021, Nvidia CEO and founder Jensen Huang said during Automobil Elektronik Kongress, a conference in Germany, Monday night pacific time. The company also boasts partnerships with


IBM landed a big win in the race to sell blockchain to Wall Street

IBM has been selected to build a new blockchain-based international trading system for a consortium of global banks, a major win for the tech giant in the race to sell blockchain to Wall Street.

Deutsche Bank, HSBC, KBC, Natixis, Rabobank, Société Générale and UniCredit announced in January that they were banding together to build a "Digital Trade Chain (DTC)," a blockchain-based trade finance platform. 

International trade is currently a convoluted process where most involved can't see the whole process, instead only dealing with one other party in a complex supply chain. 


10 things in tech you need to know today

Good morning! Here is the tech news you need to know this Tuesday.

1. Apple's iOS 11 is out in public beta, and entails a massive update for the iPad. That includes a new file management app and multitasking features.

2. Google is reportedly about to be given a massive fine by EU regulators for promoting its shopping search service above rivals. The fine is expected to top Google's previous $1.2 billion (£942 million) record, according to Bloomberg.

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An Oxford University artificial intelligence startup has raised £17 million to check code for errors

DiffBlue, an artificial intelligence startup spun out of Oxford University, has raised $22 million (£17.3 million) in Series A funding for technology which checks and corrects code.

The round was led by Goldman Sachs Principal Strategic Investments, alongside Oxford Sciences Innovations and the Oxford Technology and Innovations Fund.

The company was cofounded by an Oxford computer science professor, Daniel Kroening, and Sussex computer science professor Peter Schrammel. The startup claims to "understand" code, meaning it can carry out coding tasks considered too repetitive and boring for human developers.

One example is testing developers' code for bugs.


Google has been hit with a record-breaking €2.4 billion fine by the EU over its antitrust case (GOOG)

LONDON — Google has been hit with a record-breaking fine of €2.4 billion ($2.7 billion, or £2.1 billion) by European regulators.

You can read the full statement from the European Commission here »

The European institution accused the Californian technology giant of abusing its dominant position and promoting its own shopping service in its search results over those of its competitors.

Competition commissioner Margrethe Vestager brought formal charges against Google in 2015.


Google has been hit with a record-breaking €2.4 billion fine by the EU over its antitrust case (GOOG)

LONDON — Google has been hit with a record-breaking fine of €2.4 billion ($2.7 billion, or £2.1 billion) by European regulators.

You can read the full statement from the European Commission here »

The European institution accused the Californian technology giant of abusing its dominant position and promoting its own shopping service in its search results over those of its competitors.

Competition commissioner Margrethe Vestager brought formal charges against Google in 2015.