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Florida missionary sentenced for sexually abusing indigenous girls in Amazon

A judge sentenced a former Florida missionary to 58 years in prison Tuesday for recording himself as he sexually abused girls from an indigenous tribe in the Amazon. Warren Kennell admitted to befriending and abusing the girls over several years while he was establishing a church for the Sanford-based New…

Amazon’s drone army welcomed by civil libertarians

The Everywhere Store: Civil libertarians welcome Amazon’s drone army (via Pando Daily) By Yasha Levine On December 7, 2013After 60 Minutes broke Amazon’s ambitious plan for a drone-based delivery system, all sorts of hell broke loose in the bloggershpere. Some raised alarm over safety issues and compiled photo slideshows of gnarly……

While Amazon has drones, Google experiments with robotic helpers

Almost human? Google’s developing robots (via The Christian Science Monitor) In the future, Google Shopping Express might compete with Amazon Prime and other online-to-offline shopping services, according to some reports. Here, the Google logo is modified with two one-Euro coins in an illustration. (Michael Dalder/Reuters/File…   [Robot photo via Shutterstock]…

Harsh Amazon UK work climate brought to light in BBC report

Amazon UK: A tough place to work, but Brits keep clicking (via The Christian Science Monitor) A staff member pushes a trolley as she collects orders at the Amazon fulfillment center in Peterborough, central England, last week. Amazon’s British operations have come under scrutiny after a BBC investigative documentary uncovered…

Jeff Bezos’s alleged ‘plan’ for Amazon drone deliveries is little more than a publicity stunt

The future is here! Flying robots will, any second now, be delivering your Christmas books, DVDs and gadgets to your door within 30 minutes of you ordering them, thanks to a new initiative announced by Amazon on CBS News’ 60 Minutes on Sunday. It’s a brave new world, a whole…

Supreme Court upholds New York’s online sales tax on Amazon

The US Supreme Court upheld Monday New York state’s law requiring Amazon to collect sales tax on items sold online, the latest decision in a long battle over ecommerce taxes. The top US court dismissed without comment an appeal from Amazon and online retailer Overstock.com, after the New York state…

From Amazon to burritos: 10 things you need to know about consumer drones

Amazon wants to use drones for parcel delivery, but UAVs are making their way into our lives in other ways too 1 Moving beyond warzones The use of drones – unmanned aerial vehicles, or UAVs for short – in military conflicts remains controversial. But drones have consumer uses too, and…

Amazon working on drones to deliver packages in under 30 minutes; ‘It looks like science fiction, but it’s real’

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos thinks regular mail is too 20th century. Why wait for overnight delivery, when a helicopter drone can drop your package on your doorstep in half an hour? Or, so goes the thinking behind Amazon Prime Air, which the tech entrepreneur insists is not parody or a…

Brazilian judge suspends work on huge Amazon dam project

A Brazilian judge has ordered that work on the controversial Belo Monte dam in the Amazon be halted on grounds that environmental commitments were not met, the court said Monday. A spokesman for the Federal Court in Brasilia said Judge Antonio Souza issued the ruling Friday, suspending the project’s environmental…

Court reinstates CIA’s contract with Amazon for cloud computing services

A US federal judge has reinstated a CIA cloud computing contract with Amazon, rejecting a challenge from IBM, according to court documents released Tuesday. Judge Thomas Wheeler of the Federal Court of Claims said in a notice posted by the court that Amazon Web Services’ is “restored” and that a…

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