Jeff Bezos is nothing if not a showman. Amazon's CEO loves a good reveal, and took the opportunity afforded by a 60 Minutes segment to show off his company's latest creation: drones that can deliver packages up to five pounds, to your house in less than half an hour. They're technically octocopters, as part of a program called "Amazon Prime Air." The drone sits at the end of a conveyer belt, waiting to pick up a package — Bezos says 86 percent of Amazon's packages are under five pounds — and can carry them up to ten miles from the fulfillment center.
Amazon says they're awaiting rules from the FAA – which are expected to come in 2015 – before Prime Air can become a reality
A new content creator for Grand Theft Auto Online was discovered in the game's files following the uncovery of audio files that referenced a new casino and spying and racing features last week.
The unfinished content creation feature is now being shown off in a video from YouTube user Funmw2, and offers a glimpse at options for races and deathmatches, the ability to change routes, the time of day, maximum players and radio channels that are played.
The Supreme Court has declined to hear a case from Amazon that challenges a New York law requiring it to collect sales tax within the state, reports Bloomberg. The law was passed in 2008 and requires that any out-of-state retailer collect taxes if it uses an in-state company to attract business. Amazon and Overstock challenged the law, but New York's highest court — the New York State Court of Appeals — upheld it. Though the law is meant to create a level playing field between in-state retailers and internet retailers like Amazon, which can advertise lower prices by not collecting sales tax, Amazon reportedly argued that the law "subjects internet retailers to significant burdens" in doing so.
Yahoo has acquired SkyPhrase, a startup specializing in conversational search queries for services such as Gmail and Twitter. The team will now join Yahoo Labs, a research and development division in New York.The deal was confirmed for an undisclosed amount on the Yahoo Labs blog.
TV shows by American broadcaster and production company HBO, including Game of Thrones, True Blood and Boardwalk Empire, are now available to purchase from the Google Play store in the UK.To begin with, the digital marketplace will stock the first three seasons of Game of Thrones and Boardwalk Empire, the first six seasons of True Blood Seasons, the first two seasons of Girls and season one of Veep.
The Department of Justice is clearing the way to allow the deal between Microsoft and Nokia to go ahead, according to a recent Federal Trade Commission (FTC) filing published today.The Federal Trade Commission’s Bureau of Competition notice simply confirms that the Department of Justice is happy for the Microsoft’s acquisition of Nokia’s mobile devices and services to continue as planned, pending other hurdles.
Tumblr launched its first advertising product specifically designed for its mobile apps earlier this year, and now the company has found another way to monetize its offering: sponsored trending blogs. Currently, trending blogs show up under the "explore" tab of the iOS and Android apps, and soon companies will be able to pay to have their blogs show up among those trending results. The first sponsored blogs will come from companies like Calvin Klein, Delta, Sony Pictures (who'll feature a Daily Bugle blog to tie in to the upcoming Amazing Spider-Man 2), and Fox, which is launching a sponsored blog for the film Devil's Due today.