The voice-based search battle in retail has just begun

Google, at Shoptalk, says it’s leveraging artificial intelligence to make it easier for Google Home users to find and buy what they want—online or offline. Meanwhile, Amazon adds tools that enable Alexa to order multiple items at once, make recommendations and choose two-hour delivery windows for shoppers ordering via Prime Now.

Google is making a play for a bigger piece of the voice-based search market and it is looking to use its ability to drive online and offline sales to gain market share.

Google today at Shoptalk announced that it using artificial intelligence to make it easier for users of its voice-activated Google Home smart speaker devices to buy online. Among the features, it is rolling out are the ability to buy multiple items from multiple merchants in a single transaction through the Google Assistant via Google Express, the search giant’s delivery service that’s available in an app and online. A consumer also can add items to her shopping list that’s accessible across multiple surfaces such as her Home device and smartphone.

Today’s announcement comes a little more than four months after Google launched Google Home on Nov. 4 and a little more than a month after it initially enabled consumers to shop with the Google Assistant on Google Home.

The new tools leverages the vast amount of information Google knows about its users, says Jonathan Alferness, vice president of product for Google Shopping. For instance, if a user says “Add paper towels to my shopping list,” the Assistant should know if the shopper prefers a particular brand, what retailer she has bought paper towels from in the past, as well as the consumer’s price sensitivity.

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Wix Removes GPL-Licensed WordPress Code from Mobile App, Forks Original MIT Library

In October 2016, Matt Mullenweg called out Wix for using GPL-licensed code from the WordPress mobile app and distributing it in its proprietary app. After identifying a path for Wix to comply with the license, Mullenweg confirmed he would be willing to go to court to protect the GPL.

Wix CEO Avishai Abrahami’s response to the allegations failed to address the issue of licensing, dodging the question with references to other open source contributions. Abrahami seemed to indicate that Wix would open source its mobile app but was not clear whether it would be GPL licensed:

“We always shared and admired your commitment to give back, which is exactly why we have those 224 open source projects, and thousands more bugs/improvements available to the open source community and we will release the app you saw as well,” Abrahami said.

The Wix Twitter account also gave the impression that the entire app would be released under the GPL

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