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UPS just won FAA approval to fly as many delivery drones as it wants

UPS just won FAA approval to fly as many delivery drones as it wants

UPS announced that it has received government approval to operate a “drone airline.” Don’t expect your next package to arrive directly on your doorstep by a drone, though: UPS says it will first use this certification to build a drone delivery network for hospital campuses around the US. UPS said in July that it was…
Wing will test drone delivery in the US with Walgreens and FedEx

Wing will test drone delivery in the US with Walgreens and FedEx

Wing, the drone delivery company that started its life within the Google X lab before spinning out into its own thing under the Alphabet umbrella, is prepping for takeoff. The company announced this morning that it’s launching a test program in Virginia with Walgreens, FedEx, and local retailer Sugar Magnolia. As part of the program,…
Amazon delivery contractors operate with little oversight, report finds

Amazon delivery contractors operate with little oversight, report finds

move fast — The "in-house" delivery is actually done by a sprawling mass of subcontractors. Kate Cox - Sep 3, 2019 8:30 pm UTC Amazon has seemingly been bringing shipping services in-house as rapidly as it can as the company ramps up efforts to get packages to Prime members in just one day. But although…
Moon delivery startup Astrobotic picks future Vulcan rocket to launch first lunar mission

Moon delivery startup Astrobotic picks future Vulcan rocket to launch first lunar mission

US aerospace startup Astrobotic — a company that wants to establish a delivery service to the Moon — says it will fly its very first lunar mission on top of the United Launch Alliance’s future rocket, named Vulcan. In fact, Astrobotic’s spacecraft, a lunar lander named Peregrine, will be Vulcan’s very first payload ever, scheduled…
Flower delivery startup UrbanStems raises $12M to fund national expansion

Flower delivery startup UrbanStems raises $12M to fund national expansion

UrbanStems is announcing that it has raised $12 million in Series B funding. CEO Seth Goldman told me the startup has already been using the money to expand nationally. He explained that UrbanStems now has two delivery models — there are bike couriers who deliver plants and flowers within two hours in New York City…
Amazon-backed food delivery startup Deliveroo acquires Edinburgh software studio Cultivate

Amazon-backed food delivery startup Deliveroo acquires Edinburgh software studio Cultivate

As two of the largest players in online-food ordering and delivery in Europe work on a $10 billion merger to expand their footprint and economies of scale, one of its biggest rivals has made an acquisition to expand its own tech muscle. Deliveroo, the London-based food delivery startup backed by Amazon that is itself valued…
Delivery apps like DoorDash are using your tips to pay workers’ wages

Delivery apps like DoorDash are using your tips to pay workers’ wages

When you order food through an app and tip the worker who delivers it, you’d be forgiven for thinking that the money you give goes directly to that person. But in reality, some delivery apps use your tip to make up the worker’s base pay — essentially stealing the money you’re trying to give someone…
Walmart’s new delivery service will put groceries directly in your fridge

Walmart’s new delivery service will put groceries directly in your fridge

The idea is that you can place an order on the Walmart app and a delivery-person -- who has been with the company for at least a year -- will bring the items to your home and do the rest.The exact details of the security system that will be used haven't been announced yet, but…
How Amazon’s delivery robots will navigate your sidewalk

How Amazon’s delivery robots will navigate your sidewalk

Earlier this year, Amazon announced its Scout sidewalk delivery robot. At the time, details were sparse, except for the fact that the company had started to make deliveries in a neighborhood in Washington State. Today, at Amazon’s re:Mars conference, I sat down with Sean Scott, the VP in charge of Scout, to talk about how…
Amazon’s new delivery drone is a helicopter-airplane hybrid

Amazon’s new delivery drone is a helicopter-airplane hybrid

As the vehicle operates on six degrees of movement instead of four, it's overall more stable and better suited to coping with gusts of wind. AI plays a crucial role, too. It can avoid unexpected obstacles (including moving ones), of course, but it should also be adept at spotting wires that drones are more likely…

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A better zip bomb

David Fifielddavid@bamsoftware.com 2019-07-02updated 2019-07-03 Summary This article shows how to construct a non-recursive zip bomb that achieves a high compression ratio by overlapping files inside the zip container. "Non-recursive" means that it does not rely on a decompressor's recursively unpacking zip files nested within zip files: it expands fully after a single round of decompression.…

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