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Beyond Search, which is a 10-year-old publication that focuses on enterprise search and content processing, is changing its focus to cover products and services related to voice-centric information access by introducing a new blog, Beyond Alexa. Stephen E. Arnold writes: “The idea is that Alexa has become an interesting product niche, but the impact of voice-related information access is now changing rapidly. Frankly it is more dynamic than the decades old keyword search business.” I couldn’t agree more. He also states: “Since early 2008, we have tracked the keyword centric approach to finding and making sense of information. Our changing focus reflects the fact that I wrote about years ago in Searcher Magazine. Keyword search linked to a keyboard, if not dead, was headed for marginalization…We think there’s more ‘beyond’ Alexa. We want to explore the new world of ubiquitous and Teflon-slick information access.” For a related post, please see Voice Search is Growing and is Different Than Keywords in a Search Box.

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Marc Goodman’s Future Crimes is the Amazon editors’ pick for the best book of 2015 in Business & Investing. Here are 10 of the top 20 of editors’ picks in best-selling order:

Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fearby Elizabeth Gilbert 

Rising Strongby Brené Brown

Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Futureby Ashlee Vance

Superforecasting: The Art and Science of Predictionby Philip E. Tetlock and Dan Gardner 

Saving Capitalism: For the Many, Not the Fewby Robert B. Reich 

Team of Teams: New Rules of Engagement for a Complex World, by General Stanley McChrystal, Tantum Collins, David Silverman, and Chris Fussell 

Work Rules!: Insights from Inside Google That Will Transform How You Live and Leadby Laszlo Bock

Unfinished Business: Women Men Work Family, by Anne-Marie Slaughter

Misbehaving: The Making of Behavioral Economicsby Richard H. Thaler 

Rise of the Robots: Technology and the Threat of a Jobless Futureby Martin Ford


On October 8, Amazon launched Handmade, an online marketplace for handcrafted items that will compete directly with Etsy. The story was covered heavily and here are some of the more “crafty” headlines (sorry) about the launch:

Handmade At Amazon Might Unravel Etsy   –

Handmade at Amazon Could Needle Etsy   – E-Commerce Times

Amazon Gets Crafty: ‘Handmade’ Artisan Marketplace Challenges Etsy   – GeekWire

Amazon Handmade Could Craft Doom for Etsy   – MarketWatch

Amazon Crochets Itself an Etsy Rival: Handmade   – CNET

Etsy Sellers Prepare For Craft War As Amazon Enters The Handmade Market   – Buzzfeed

Amazon Takes On Etsy to See Who’s More #Authentic   – Wired

Amazon Challenges Etsy With Strictly Handmade Marketplace   – The New York Times