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China races to take lead in drone deliveries

THE day after Chinese e-commerce giant JD.com Inc’s mid-year sale, a company drone took off from a playground in the city of Xi’an to deliver one of the orders in a football-sized box to a village in the mountains to the South.

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Your Chinese takeaway is ready to be delivered by drone

Ele.me, one of China’s leading online food delivery platforms, has been given the green light by authorities to operate in the country’s initial delivery routes for drones.

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US drone programme taps Apple, passes over Amazon, China’s DJI

Apple Inc soon will be capturing images of North Carolina by drone; a 1,500-pound, unmanned aircraft will look for mosquitoes in Florida; and startup Flirtey will fly medical equipment on drones to heart-attack victims in Nevada.

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Amazon said to sever ties with top lobbying firms in Washington

Amazon.com Inc cut ties with Washington’s biggest lobbying firm and brought on new advisers following passage of the tax overhaul bill last year and in the face of new challenges in the age of President Donald Trump.

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How Domino’s used technology to woo millennials and beat rival Pizza Hut

Domino's Pizza spent a good part of the last decade chasing what seemed like every digital doodad to deliver pizza – sometimes to the scorn of observers who pointed out that the business was, after all, popping topping-covered dough in an oven and delivering it.

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Amazon: from online book seller to market shaker

Amazon has grown from a humble beginning as an online bookseller to a colossus of the Internet.

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Mercedes plans more drone deliveries after 100 perfect flights

Mercedes-Benz, conducting the biggest test using drones to ship everyday items like ground coffee and cellphones, said the mini aircraft completed 100 drop-offs to strategically placed vans in Zurich with a perfect safety record and more deliveries are planned for next year.

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Package trips: Bikes and drones give faster delivery

Whether bikes or drones, delivery firms are looking for ways to get packages to customers quicker as electronic commerce is revolutionising the retail market.

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Portugal planning free zones for drones, self-driving cars

Aiming to spur development of drones and self-driving vehicles, Portugal is planning to launch "free zones" with special regulations to allow testing of such technologies and attract investment in them.

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Small consumer drones unlikely to cause head injury, study says

The small, popular drones flooding the commercial market are unlikely to cause severe head injuries if they fall out of the sky and strike people, a new study has concluded.