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Amazon Rolls Out Sunday Deliveries, Tests Carrier Drones

Amazon (AMZN) plans to roll out Sunday delivery to a “large portion” of the U.S. population this year.<p>The company also said Thursday that it has started to flight test its fifth- and sixth-generation carrier drones. Its next two generations are currently in the design phase.<p>Amazon in December …

Amazon Dash Lets You Scan or Speak to Order Groceries From Home

This may look like a simple little gadget, but it’s about to turn all of your G-rated, supermarket-related fantasies into blissful realities. Yes, the ones you had when you were little and liked to “play” grocery store at home <i>and</i> the adult ones that involve the ability to stock your shelves with a …

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Latin America: how climate change will wipe out coffee crops – and farmers

Rising temperatures resulting from climate change are fuelling the growth of rust, a disease ravaging coffee plantations in Central America. We report from Nicaragua's Jinotega hills, where starving villagers are desperate to save their livelihoods<p>In pictures: embattled coffee farmers in Central …

Ford to Cadillac: There's Another America Out There

N'est-ce pas?<p>Remember this guy?<p>Let's just say he wasn't everybody's favorite.<p>The ad, which aired incessantly throughout the Olympics, provoked an outpouring of criticism: Elizabeth Weiss, writing in the <i>New Yorker</i>, said the character seemed "vaguely sociopathic." In <i>The Washington Post</i>, Brigid …

Call Her Miss Ross, Fashion Superstar

She outdid herself in a glittering jumpsuit last night, but from her early days as the big-haired, disco-loving lead of The Supremes, Diana Ross has …

This is Healthbook, Apple’s major first step into health & fitness tracking

Seven years out from the original iPhone’s introduction, and four years past the iPad’s launch, Apple has found its next market ripe for reinvention: the mobile healthcare and fitness-tracking industry. Apple’s interest in healthcare and fitness tracking will be displayed in an iOS application …

Here's why Amazon Prime can afford to raise prices

In terms of scale, speed, and streaming extras there is no comparable offering<p>Yesterday morning Amazon emailed it customers to let them know that its Prime delivery service, after more than nine years, was getting its first price hike, from $79 a year to $99. In some ways it seemed like a risky …

Starbucks Corp. ends status as exclusive premium brand for Keurig

Keurig Green Mountain Inc. has struck a series of deals that will increase the kinds of company-approved coffee and tea that K-cup loving customers can buy.<p>In one such deal, Seattle-based coffee giant Starbucks Corp. said Friday that it had agreed to end its status as the exclusive super-premium …

The World’s Most Talented Barista Is Drawing This Year’s Best Picture Nominees In Coffee

Mike Breach, barista extraordinaire, is stepping up his game as the Academy Awards approach. He’s in the process of “painting” this year’s Best Picture nominees — in lattes. So far he’s finished <i>Dallas Buyers Club</i>, <i>Gravity</i>, <i>Her</i>, and <i>The Wolf of Wall Street</i> (see below).<p>Lest you think this is all just …

How Lego Become The World's Hottest Toy Company

They will add to the already gigantic heap of Lego bits: 86 for every person on the planet. The toymaker has enjoyed ten years of spectacular growth, almost quadrupling its revenue.<p>In 2012 it overtook Hasbro to become the world's second-largest toymaker. The number one, Mattel, is now seeking to …

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Why Brooklyn Is The New Mecca For Fledgling Tech Startups

Perhaps the grass is greener on the East Coast, but here in Brooklyn and throughout New York City, tech companies have been helping neighborhoods flourish because they are choosing to work in collaborative, creative environments.<p>We have not seen the insular migration patterns where firms attempt to …

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