Amazon wants to test new 50 mph drones in its own backyard

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Amazon has asked the Federal Aviation Administration if it can start testing delivery drones in its own facilities in a bid to speed up the rollout of its Amazon Prime Air shipping service. The company sent a letter to the FAA this week, in which it requested the opportunity to carry out research and development on the unmanned aerial vehicles designed to carry packages to Amazon customers. Currently, if the Seattle-based company wants to test new designs for its drones outside, it has to travel to one of six FAA-approved sites dotted around the country. If its request for exemption from FAA rules is granted, it would mean the company’s R&D team — which includes an ex-NASA astronaut — wouldn’t need to leave the Amazon campus to trial new…

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Amazon Asks FAA For Permission To Test Its Delivery Drones

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screen-shot-2014-06-24-at-9-37-23-am Amazon has petitioned the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for exemption from rules barring it from testing drones in the United States. The online shopping company made waves recently by showing off small unmanned aircraft that it claims will be able to deliver parcels to consumers in 30 minutes. The drone delivery service, called Prime Air, could greatly speed up Amazon’s… Read More

JerkTech Startups Shut Down Or Pivot. Good Riddance.

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Good Riddance JerkTech ReservationHop and MonkeyParking, the two startups last week called emblems of exploitative #JerkTech, have both changed their ways. ReservationHop announced Tuesday a “soft pivot” away from its site that stole and resold dinner reservations without compensating restaurant owners. Meanwhile, MonkeyParking has complied with its cease-and-desist order from San Francisco by… Read More

Our Polyglot Nightmare

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94256599_a8314b18fb_b The diversity of human languages has been on the decline for decades. With the rise of globalized communications and business, the world has accelerated its shedding of unpopular languages, as speakers increasingly focus their efforts on those that afford them the most economic and social opportunities. The loss of these languages has even spawned efforts like the Endangered Languages Project… Read More

MonkeyParking Shuts Down In San Francisco For Now

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parking MonkeyParking, one of two apps that made the Internet get all shouty last week, is “temporarily disabled” in San Francisco following a cease and desist letter from the city.
In case you missed all the hubbub, MonkeyParking allowed drivers to make money when leaving a parking spot by selling the spot to another driver. Turns out the City of San Francisco, with its already… Read More

Cell Phone Unlocking Bill Clears Senate Committee

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shutterstock_146383358 A bill that will allow consumers to transfer their cell phones to other wireless carriers more simply was amended and approved by a Senate committee Thursday. The House passed similar legislation in February, and the bill is now expected to see a full Senate vote.
The Unlocking Consumer Choice and Wireless Competition Act was first introduced by Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy, D-Vt. Read More

You have until August 25th to sound off on Comcast’s takeover of Time Warner Cable

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Comcast’s proposed acquisition of Time Warner is, to put it lightly, controversial. The $45.2 billion all-stock transaction would extend Comcast’s already substantial swaths of subscriber territory even farther, an idea that’s incensed Senator Al Franken and a former FCC commissioner, among others. Now it’s the public’s turn to weigh in.

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Car thief becomes first person to die in a Tesla Model S crash

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Elon Musk can no longer say that no one’s ever died in a Tesla automobile crash. But few people will be pointing fingers at the electric car maker for this senseless tragedy. Earlier this month, 26-year-old Joshua Slot managed to successfully ride off with a Model S he’d stolen from a Tesla service center in Los Angeles, but police quickly spotted the luxury vehicle and gave chase. According to Park Labrea News, the high-speed pursuit was eventually called off after officers were involved in a fender bender of their own, leaving the police department strained for resources and without any feasible way of catching up to Slot. Reports claim he was traveling at speeds of “nearly 100 mph,” but losing the police tail apparently didn’t…

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Microsoft Closer To Removing European ‘Right To Be Forgotten’ Requests

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gavel1 Microsoft says it will be launching a form to process requests to remove information on its search engine Bing! under the so-called “Right to Be Forgotten” ruling in Europe soon. “We’re continuing to work out the details on how we plan to implement the recent ruling by the European Court of Justice and expect to launch a form soon for EU residents to submit… Read More

Sneak peek at cover for Daniel Clowes’ “The Complete Eightball” anthology

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Can you recognize all the characters on the cover for Daniel Clowe’s upcoming Complete Eightball 2-volume set?

This is a two-volume, slipcased facsimile edition of the Daniel Clowes comics anthology; it contains the original installments of Ghost World, the short that the film Art School Confidential was based on, and much more.

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