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Amazon announced yesterday the expansion of its new Home Services offering - which essentially competes with the likes of Angie's List in helping customers find service providers - to a number of new markets.

The announcement says it will now be available "in 15 metropolitan areas, including Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Dallas-Fort Worth, Houston, Miami, Philadelphia, Phoenix, San Diego, San Jose and Washington D.C., adding to existing availability in New York City, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Seattle.

"Amazon Home Services now includes over 15 million unique services across more than 900 professional services," the company says.
KC's View:
Services like these that expand the Amazon ecosystem will be a significant part of the company's defense against Jet ... in addition, of course, to the blitz of low prices and promotions it is likely to unleash.