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June 24, 2014
If an individual offers free shipping in association with a purchase or other offer, FAA would construe the shipping to be in furtherance of a business purpose, and thus, the operation would not fall within the statutory requirement of recreation or hobby purpose.
The Federal Aviation Administration, in a footnote intended to block the usage of drones for shipping purposes. Essentially, this rule was written to specifically block Amazon’s Prime Air.
15:18 // 2 months ago
March 30, 2014
The past few months have revealed an American obsession with drones that touches nearly every aspect of modern life. Unfortunately for vulnerable civilians in other countries, we’re obsessing over the wrong drones.
The more drones we worry about, the less we care about what matters, Vanity Fair’s Kia Makarechi writes on the new drone age we are entering. source
19:37 // 5 months ago
January 15, 2014

Stuff you may have missed: January 15, 2014

As it turns out, highly-trained Air Force nuclear command officials are just as prone to cheating as the rest of us—34 of them got caught sharing answers to a proficiency exam.

Know those in-app purchases that seem super-dangerous in the wrong hands? Apple has to pay $32.5 million to parents who got hit with charges their kids unwittingly rang up.

The National Labor Relations Board says that Wal-Mart is illegally firing and disciplining workers who complain about their working conditions.

Speaking of labor issues, Amazon’s employees voted against unionizing.

Let’s deport Bieber.

23:54 // 7 months ago
December 2, 2013
thenextweb:

"Your Amazon Drone delivery was unable to be completed because…"
(Image: @QuantumPirate)

What could be… in the future. 

thenextweb:

"Your Amazon Drone delivery was unable to be completed because…"

(Image: @QuantumPirate)

What could be… in the future. 

9:45 // 9 months ago
December 1, 2013

Amazon’s dream for improving the delivery process involves drones, apparently.

21:03 // 9 months ago
November 4, 2013
Everywhere I can fact check from personal knowledge, I find way too many inaccuracies, and unfortunately that casts doubt over every episode in the book.
MacKenzie Bezos, wife of Jeff, gave a one-star review to a book about her husband’s company—this little outfit you may have heard of called Amazon. Is that like Yelping your own restaurant?
19:12 // 9 months ago
September 30, 2013
Amazon.com Inc., which has an employee on the committee, said in a statement that it has worked on this issue for years, including testing an airplane packed full of Kindles. It said the report “is a big win for customers and, frankly, it’s about time.”
Sure, this FAA in-flight electronics thing is kind of a big deal, but I’m sorta focused on imagining an Amazon-chartered plane full of Kindles right now.
14:50 // 11 months ago
September 3, 2013
We’ve had three big ideas at Amazon that we’ve stuck with for 18 years, and they’re the reason we’re successful: Put the customer first. Invent. And be patient. If you replace ‘customer’ with ‘reader,’ that approach, that point of view, can be successful at The Post, too.
Amazon founder Jeff Bezos • On his long game for The Washington Post, which he bought last month. Bezos says he’ll offer advice from time to time, but won’t be an active participant in the paper’s success, other than to provide the organization “runway” to do its thing.
0:25 // 12 months ago
August 18, 2013
Look. As long as [Jeff] Bezos was doing nothing but running Amazon, there wasn’t much reason for people to care about his politics. I certainly didn’t care about them. But when you’re about to become a major force in the political life of Washington by buying a diminished but still immensely powerful outlet like The Post, that’s a different story.
Retired Washington Post employee and Fortune senior editor at large Allan Sloan • In a column-long plea to learn more about the new boss’ political views, which have been shrouded in secrecy, but are expected to lean libertarian. It may seem like a silly thing to worry about, but then Sloan makes a perfectly fair point here: “I can’t forget what happened after Rupert Murdoch bought the then-upscale New York Post from its liberal owner, Dorothy Schiff, in 1976. Murdoch assured the paper’s staff that he’d retain the Post’s essential character as a serious newspaper. And we all know how that turned out.”
14:37 // 1 year ago
August 5, 2013
I won’t be leading The Washington Post day-to-day. I am happily living in “the other Washington” where I have a day job that I love.
Amazon.com CEO Jeff Bezos just bought the Washington Post (via michaelhayes)

It’s all dead trees to him.
16:55 // 1 year ago