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This house in Chandler, Ariz., was the first one Zillow bought through its new Instant Offers program. (Zillow Photo)

Right now, plenty of people use Redfin and Zillow, two of Seattle’s more prominent tech companies, to find homes. But what if the companies actually wanted to buy your home? The real estate tech giants have both launched new programs to buy and sell private homes, and there’s an interesting reason behind the trend.

Plus, Amazon’s new Fire TV Cube wants to make Alexa the center of your media setup. The device acts like a voice remote control for a number of streaming services along with old-school cable. And Microsoft made one of its biggest acquisitions ever this week, pointing towards its need to win back the trust of developers.

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