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Google Project Wing

Like Amazon’s Prime Air, Project Wing is a concept for a drone delivery service. The current prototype features a small tail-sitter that automatically flies to the delivery zone and lowers its package using a winch. More here. Hat Tip Link Continue Reading from the Source

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Project Wing: Google’s Secret Delivery Drone Program (Update: Video)

The Atlantic reports that Google’s skunkworks Google X team has spent the last two years working on a secret program. More than a loosely sketched concept like the teaser Amazon pushed out earlier this year, Google appears to be serious about delivery in the air—getting products from the warehouse to their destination in about two [...]

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Google says it did not ask Code Club to order board members to refrain from criticism

Yesterday, Linda Sandvik, one of the founding members of children’s coding education group Code Club, resigned because she was ordered not to say negative things about the organization’s sponsors, including Google. Former board member Aral Balkan revealed he had resigned for the same reason, calling out Code Club for “institutional corruption.” What wasn’t clear was if Google had asked Code Club [...]

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UPDATED: Code Club cofounder resigns after being ordered not to criticize Google

[Update: A Google spokesperson reached out to say. "We have not asked Code Club or its board to refrain from criticisng us." Code Club also published a blog post stating, "We are not under any obligation to endorse any of the products or services of our corporate funders."] One of the founding members of Code Club, [...]

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What does Apple hope to accomplish with its new mobile ad options?

Apple often claims that its decisions are guided by a desire to offer consumers the best experience possible. That’s why the company didn’t include Flash in the original iPhone, eventually introduced the App Store to improve software distribution, and has insisted on maintaining as much control as possible over how people interact with their smartphones. [...]

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Don’t let the price tag fool you: Snapchat isn’t a late stage company

Snapchat has secured commitments from Kleiner Perkins and at least one strategic investor toward its next funding round, according a report by the Wall Street Journal today. Long-rumored to be in excess of $10 billion, the Journal describes the company’s new valuation as “close to” that figure. The round, we’re told has not yet closed. [...]

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The iPad Education Revolution Stalls Out

Yesterday, the Los Angeles Times reported that its sprawling hometown’s school system, the second largest in the US, would be withdrawing from last year’s ambitious promise to supply all 640,000 students with an iPad. Good. The Los Angeles United School District just dodged a $1 billion, tablet-shaped bullet. Read more… Continue Reading from the Source

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Twitch CEO on jilting Google: Amazon “shares our long-term values.” But does it really?

Amazon’s surprise purchase of Twitch is fascinating for a few reasons. It confirms that live-streaming is no longer a fringe potential in the online-video market. It underscores how the M&A market is increasingly preferred to the IPO market as the exit of choice for the most promising startups. It shows how far the Internet giants like [...]

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