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Will the U.S. Let Amazon Buy iRobot?

The Federal Trade Commission is debating if it wants to launch an investigation into Amazon's $1.7 billion acquisition of the autonomous vacuum company. Prominent Democratic lawmakers in Washington are calling on regulators to block the deal, claiming if approved, it would give Amazon dominance in the smart home market. Read where things stand now along with arguments from Sen. Elizabeth Warren, Rep. Pramila Jayapal and others, plus Amazon's automated home ambitions.

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    Democrats demand FTC probe Amazon-iRobot deal

    Democrats demand FTC probe Amazon-iRobot deal

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    The Federal Trade Commission is facing mounting pressure to block Amazon’s proposed $1.65 billion purchase of iRobot, the company behind Roomba autonomous vacuums. In a letter to FTC Chair Lina Khan on Thursday, a group of Democratic lawmakers argued that the proposed merger would unfairly bolster …

    Amazon's Roomba Acquisition and the Future of the Smart Home

    Amazon's Roomba Acquisition and the Future of the Smart Home

    By The Tech Desk

    What could the e-commerce giant want with the maker of a smart vacuum robot? It's something people are wondering about ever since Amazon announced its intent to acquire iRobot for $1.7 billion. The deal moves Amazon further into the smart home, but critics argue it gives the company maps of inside millions of personal residences. Here's what you need to know.

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