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I think that it’s no accident that that was designed to trigger Google Home — and not just because it would have been really annoying if it worked, or because it raised some some fairly troubling privacy issues. We’re talking about it because I would like to suggest that was the entire aim of this commercial. The media, not your Google Home, has been hacked by Burger King.

We have no concrete numbers detailing just how many Google Home devices have been sold to date, but in October 2016, estimated that the total number of digital home assistant devices shipped by Google and Amazon would reach around 3 million in 2017.

So let us assume for a moment that Google, entering...

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Burger King didn’t hack Google Home, it hacked the media


The Verge
614 d ago

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I think that it’s no accident that that was designed to trigger Google Home — and not just because it would have been really annoying if it worked, or because it raised some some fairly troubling privacy issues. We’re talking about it because I would like to suggest that was the entire aim of this commercial. The media, not your Google Home, has been hacked by Burger King.

We have no concrete numbers detailing just how many Google Home devices have been sold to date, but in October 2016, estimated that the total number of digital home assistant devices shipped by Google and Amazon would reach around 3 million in 2017.

So let us assume for a moment that Google, entering...

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