Jeffrey P. Bezos has never been known for thinking small. And in an interview aired Sunday on CBS's "60 Minutes," he outlined his latest plan for revolutionizing the retail industry: using drones to deliver packages in as little as 30 minutes. Declaring himself an "optimist," the Amazon.com founder and chief executive predicted the technology could be brought to market in as little as five years.Read full article >>
One day a few years ago, the construction trucks began arriving at the big white house on Chain Bridge Road.
The antiques, chintz-covered furniture and damask curtains were long gone. So were the copy of the Emancipation Proclamation signed by Lincoln, the framed letters from Jefferson and Washington, and the big leather club chair that sat in the office of Robert F. Kennedy when he was attorney general.Read full article >>
Maybe it’s not the very worst call that you can get from your kid’s school, but it is a plenty bad one.
Flunked out? No.
Punched a student? Not that, either.
Brought a pocket knife to school? Not quite.Read full article >>
Holiday spending was down this Thanksgiving weekend in another sign that a choppy economic recovery is keeping consumers cautious about purchases.
Even as the number of shoppers rose to 141 million — an expected increase from last year’s 139 million — the average consumer kept to a tighter budget, according to a survey released Sunday by the National Retail Federation.Read full article >>
1. "Today we remember Rosa Parks’ bold stand and her role in ending racism," tweeted the Republican National Committee's official account. Whoops.
2. There's a generous interpretation of this tweet: Rosa Parks's bold stand played a role in the ongoing and perhaps endless project of ending racism. About four hours after the initial tweet went out, the RNC sent out a clarification to this effect.Read full article >>
Every weekend, we take a look at the most interesting and insightful comments of the preceding week. This week, readers had a lot to say about 23andMe and the sharply worded letter the firm received from the Food and Drug Administration. Many readers felt the FDA's actions went too far. For example, reader respostas17 had this to say:Read full article >>
The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services published its progress report on Healthcare.gov on Sunday morning, with the Obama administration declaring that "we believe we have met the goal of having a system that will work smoothly for the vast majority of users."Read full article >>
If you’re not one of those folks on board with e-holiday cards but want to take advantage of some of the perks technology can afford you, consider Makr. The app, launched last month, lets users design their own correspondence cards, party invitations, gift tags, return address labels and more. You can pick from a number of templates with a wide selection of accents and fonts to create stationery that’s just right. Makr is also focused on getting small-business owners the tools to make custom labels for bottles, business cards and other necessary signage — all designed from the iPad. Free, for iPad only.Read full article >>
AMR, parent company of American Airlines, won bankruptcy court approval of the deal it reached with regulators to complete its $17.2 billion merger with US Airways and create the world’s biggest airline.Read full article >>
For many families, one of the worst parts of the holiday season is fast approaching: the drive to Grandma’s house. (Or Aunt Cathy’s or your old college roommate’s, whatever floats your boat.) Enter RoadNinja, which tracks your location, lets you know the price of gas at upcoming stations, and points you to restaurants, hotels, shops, attractions and — this is important — pharmacies — at the next exit. That way, you have some idea of whether it’s worth changing lanes to get there. The app also lets you know what’s at exits in the opposite direction, in case you think there’s cheaper gas on the other side of the freeway. As the old song notes, from Atlantic to Pacific, gee, the traffic is terrific this time of year. It’s not a bad idea to enlist the help of ninjas to get you through that road trip.Read full article >>
Boxes and wooden crates filled with household items bound for the U.S. mainland are stacked high in the Rosa del Monte moving company’s cavernous warehouse, evidence of the historic rush of people abandoning this beautiful island.Read full article >>
An organization called the TPL Group has put together a handy compilation of letters opposing the patent reform legislation that was approved by the House Judiciary Committee earlier this month. Many of the letters come from organizations you'd expect to be oppose legislation weakening patent protection: patent attorneys, the pharmaceutical industry, biotechnology companies and the Intellectual Property Owners Association. But one letter opposing the legislation comes from a surprising source: academia.Read full article >>
“The world has changed, the syllabus hasn't.” That’s the motto of the Post-Crash Economics Society, a group of students at the University of Manchester who demand reforms to the way undergraduate economics is taught in light of the worldwide economic crisis. Similar activism is occurring in other elite undergraduate institutions: There was the well-publicized Open Letter to Greg Mankiw from students in the introductory economics class at Harvard, during the height of the Occupy movement. Meanwhile, institutions like the Institute for New Economic Thinking (INET) are getting involved by launching a pilot program to revamp the undergraduate economics curriculum.Read full article >>