TV news report about unwanted Alexa orders triggers unwanted Alexa orders

Television anchors on San Diego's CW6 were discussing how a young girl "accidentally" ordered a dollhouse and four pounds of cookies by talking to Amazon's Alexa when one of the anchors said "I love the little girl, saying ‘Alexa ordered me a dollhouse." Oops. From CW6 San Diego:

As soon as (anchor Jim) Patton said that, viewers all over San Diego started complaining their echo devices had tried to order doll houses...

Amazon says shopping settings can be managed via its Alexa app, including turning off voice purchasing and creating a confirmation code before any order.

The company also says any “accidental” physical orders can be returned for free.

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  1. "Alexa buy a 55 gallon barrel of lube"

  2. If I ever had reason to embrace the idea of Echo (or Google or MS's version), the first thing I'd do is change the trigger name to Igor.

  3. tikaro says:

    This is why I think a musician should release a song called "Alexa, favorite this song", with the refrain "Alexa, buy this song"

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