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FAA regulation issues will put damper on Amazon drone aspirations, says sources

FAA regulation issues will put damper on Amazon drone aspirations, says sources

Jeff Bezos sees a future where Amazon packages are delivered to customers soon after an order is placed with the use of drones -- in this case, with so-called octocopters. Drones have already seen use in other applications, among them being the movie industry where the devices are fixed with cameras and used to record otherwise difficult shots. While the technology exists and varieties of uses for it are cropping up at increasingly rapid rates, there's one big barrier in the way: the FAA.

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Amazon reportedly acquires startup Gopago amidst “ambitious” project

Amazon reportedly acquires startup Gopago amidst “ambitious” project

A couple of Italian newspapers are reporting that Amazon acquired a mobile payment startup, Gopago, something reportedly taking place amidst work on an "ambitious project". What this project is wasn't detailed, but it reportedly is the basis for Amazon's interest in Gopago -- namely, in the startup's technology. Amazon and Gopago haven't announced the business move, but it seems founder Vincenzo Di Nicola has spoken with Italian newspaper Repubblica.

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Amazon Pantry tipped to expand quick-ship foods and beverages

Amazon Pantry tipped to expand quick-ship foods and beverages

It would appear that Amazon is aiming to expand their grasp of the consumer goods universe with a program called Amazon Pantry. This service would expand Amazon's collection of goods shipped in low-cost packages beyond their already expansive set of foods and dry goods. Amazon is said to be going into more direct competition with the likes of Costco and Sam's Club with this effort.

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Amazon Kindle FreeTime upgrade adds educational goals

Amazon Kindle FreeTime upgrade adds educational goals

Amazon announced a new upgrade is coming to the Kindle FreeTime software ahead of Christmas. The Kindle FreeTime software is something that Amazon offers that allows parents to control how much time their child can spend on their Kindle tablet doing specific things. The FreeTime software can limit the overall time spent on the tablet, the time spent with games, and the time spent with video among other things.

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Amazon drone delivery is “fantasy” eBay CEO dismisses

Amazon drone delivery is “fantasy” eBay CEO dismisses

Amazon's drone delivery program, "PrimeAir", has been dismissed as fantasy by eBay's CEO, with the outspoken exec arguing that the online retail giant's aim to have micro-deliveries airborne isn't practical. "We're not really focusing on long-term fantasies," John Donahue told Bloomberg TV when asked about Amazon's moonshot scheme, which according to CEO Jeff Bezos has a 2015 launch target. "We're focusing on things we can do today."

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Amazon drone timeline optimistic but a good idea: Bill Gates

Amazon drone timeline optimistic but a good idea: Bill Gates

Bill Gates thinks four or five years is an "optimistic, or perhaps overoptimistic" timeline for the deployment of Amazon's delivery drones. But in the same breath, Gates praised the project for its potential to impact other areas of society, such as "getting health supplies out to people in tough places." Gates is widely known for his support of global health initiatives through the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and other philanthropic institutions.

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