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Google and Walmart team up to challenge Amazon

SAN FRANCISCO: Wal-Mart, the world's biggest retailer, and Google, the internet's predominant search engine, are teaming up in an attempt to challenge Amazon's growing dominance in online shopping.  The venture, announced early Wednesday, marries Google's hands-free voice activated Google Home program to Wal-Mart's vast network of US stores to allow customers to order groceries and other items to be home delivered through Google Express. The initiative is a direct rebuttal to Alexa, Amazon's popular artificial…