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January 24, 2019

IN THE NEWS: DRONING ON ...

UNDATED (AP) — We’ve been hearing a lot about drones and their use near airports. And it appears we will be hearing lots more about them going forward. Authorities are trying to figure out who flew a drone so close — and so high — to Newark Liberty Airport that it disrupted incoming flights. A similar incident last month at London’s Gatwick Airport delayed flights for a longer period. In the U.S., there are laws that forbid the operation of a drone within 5 miles of most airports or above 400 feet without a waiver from the FAA. Many drones have “geo-fencing” technology that keeps the devices from approaching airports. But many others do not.

IN THE NEWS: VERIZON CUTTING BACK ON MEDIA DIVISION

NEW YORK (AP) — Verizon is scaling back its efforts to get into competition with online titans like Google and Facebook. Verizon is cutting 800 jobs, or 7 percent of its media and advertising workers — as part of its reorganization of the troubled division. The wireless company had spent about $10 billion to buy former internet pioneers Yahoo and AOL — but found the return on that investment lacking. Now, Verizon says the division’s priorities will now include focusing on mobile and video products and stemming declines with desktop users.

ON THE WEB: McDONALD’S - AND BACON

CYBERSPACE (AP) — Love bacon? Love McDonald’s? The fast-food chain thinks it has your number. It will be offering free bacon slices with everything that is ordered. The giveaway is from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. starting on Tuesday. Mickey D’s promotion is aimed at pushing its limited-time offer of bacon on some of its classic menu items. During that bacon hour, McDonald’s will give each customer making a purchase two slices of bacon that they can put on anything. Outside of the promotion, Mickey D’s will offer its Big Mac, Quarter Pounder and French fries with bacon.

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McDonalds’s site: http://www.mcdonalds.com

IN STORES: AMAZON AND ROBOT DELIVERIES

NEW YORK (AP) — Amazon is taking the next step toward having robots deliver packages to your front door. The online shopping behemoth says it has begun testing self-driving robots in a county in Washington state. Amazon has released photos of its robot, which it calls Scout. They are light blue, are about the size of a Labrador, have six wheels and the Amazon smile logo stamped on its side. And the company says, Scout can navigate around pedestrians or pets. Amazon says it will have a worker accompany the robots to start but gave no additional details about how the service will work. Several companies have been testing similar delivery robots on college campuses — delivering fast food or snacks to students.

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Amazon site: http://www.amazon.com

by Oscar Wells Gabriel II

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