Google Tests Same-Day Delivery, Drones For Civilians, SAC Manager Arrested, "Pay-As-You-Weigh" Flights

Google has teamed with Target, Staples and Walgreens to test a same-day delivery service that would put the company in competition with online retailers like Amazon.

In wake of shrinking military budgets, drone makers are turning their attention to the civilian market. The small, unmanned aircrafts could be used to water crops, help find missing people and assist in infrastructure inspections.

This morning federal agents arrested SAC Capital portfolio manager Michael Steinberg for allegedly participating in an insider trading ring.

An economist in Norway recently published a study advising airlines to establish a “pay-as-you-weigh” pricing scale, based on the assumption that more fuel is needed to transport heavier passengers.

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  1. Samuel R. Kephart:

    Domestic drone usage is ill-conceived, elitist, and end-runs our inherent Constitutional protections.

    Here are two (2), very well-produced, videos that anchor my points:

    Emmy Award-winning newscaster Shad Olson’s ‘The Great Drone Debate’, featuring US Senator John Thune (7:41):

    Here’s a mind-blowing, well-done animated short that really captures our collective angst that if the road to perdition is paved with good intentions, then domestic drones are a superhighway to an Orwellian panoptic gulag (3:22):

    For national security purposes, Americans are already subject to warrantless wiretaps of calls and emails, the warrantless GPS “tagging” of their vehicles, the domestic use of Predators or other spy-in-the-sky drones, and the Department of Homeland Security’s monitoring of all our behavior through “data fusion centers.”

    America’s promise has always been the power of the many to rule, instead of the one. Ungoverned drone usage, particularly domestically, gives power to the one. 

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