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Breakingviews: Google gadgets show intelligence

The front of the Google Daydream View VR headset is shown on display during the presentation of new Google hardware in San Francisco, October 4, 2016.
Beck Diefenbach | Reuters
The front of the Google Daydream View VR headset is shown on display during the presentation of new Google hardware in San Francisco, October 4, 2016.

Google's new gadgets suggest there's intelligent life elsewhere. The $540 billion tech titan just unveiled its own smartphone, virtual-reality headset and home assistant. They mostly mimic similar devices from Apple, Facebook and Amazon. The machine learning powering them however, should lead to plenty of market opportunities for Google and its parent company, Alphabet.