This Tech Giant Steps into the Retail Ring

The following video is part of our "Motley Fool Conversations" series, in which Austin Smith, consumer goods editor and analyst, and Andrew Tonner, technology and media editor and analyst, discuss topics across the investing world .

In today's edition, Austin and Andrew look at Google, which has launched a service comparable to Amazon Prime, offering free shipping arrangements with a number of retailers. This is an important move because as an ad-based company, some of Google's most prized data are consumer spending habits (which it couldn't track because consumers were going straight to instead of

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