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In October, the Seattle-based company unveiled its "Key" service, which essentially allows couriers to enter the homes of Prime customers in order to drop off packages-thereby avoiding "porch thieves" that steal deliveries left outside a front door.

Now, the book-seller-turned-retail-giant is acquiring home security camera startup, Blink. Blink is also working on a video-centric home security system that will be presumably be available sometime next year.

"We're excited to announce that Blink has been acquired by Amazon", the company wrote on its website this morning. Blink offers cameras for both indoor and outdoor use, which range in price from $99.99 to $129.99.

Amazon is making another big play for the smart home market, and is already well entrenched in millions of homes with its Echo family of AI smart speakers.

"As one of their distributors, we already know customers love their home security cameras and monitoring systems", Amazon said in a statement.

The deal illustrates an increased interest in smart home security devices as the year comes to an end. Amazon and Google recently engaged in a public spat over their competing television-streaming offerings, with Alphabet cutting off YouTube support for some Amazon devices.

For Blink customers, changes doesn't seem to be coming immediately. "We'll continue to operate under the Amazon umbrella selling and supporting the same great products you know and love".

A future goal for Amazon is to inspire more people to become Amazon-loyal customers with Amazon-filled households.


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