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Facebook Discloses More Data Sharing Partnerships As the Hits Just Keep Coming

It’s a day of the week, so that means it’s time for more revelations about Facebook’s sharing habits that it hadn’t previously revealed to users. In the latest entry in the endless attempt at retroactive transparency, Facebook revealed to Congress that it shared data with 52 hardware and software companies, including some firms headquartered in China. Read More >>

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UPS Showcases New Delivery Drone, Fucks It All Up

Everybody knows by now that the delivery drone ambitions of companies like FedEx and UPS amount to marketing stunts. But what happens when those stunts don’t go quite as planned? UPS knows because it recently crashed a delivery drone in front of a bunch of reporters. Read More >>

amazon
Amazon Should Have Known Better Than to Ship “Amazing Liquid Fire” by Air

The Federal Aviation Administration is fining Amazon $350,000 (around £247,000) for not realising it should take more precaution when shipping a product called “Amazing! LIQUID FIRE”. Read More >>

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Here’s the Smartest Drone Delivery Idea We’ve Seen Yet

Drone deliveries are the future. Years from now we really will be able to order something online and have it dropped off at our door hours later by a tiny flying robot. But presently there are some issues with drone deliveries. And they’re only partially related to regulators. Quadcopter-based deliveries have to struggle with the weather, tiny delivery zones, and drones potentially falling out of the sky. Zipline, a robotics company based out of San Francisco, claims it solved those issues. Read More >>

environment
Coke’s “Downtown in a Box” Delivers Clean Water and Wi-Fi to Africa

Coca-Cola's global distribution channels are so well-developed that a Coke can get pretty much anywhere on the planet—even places where there's no access to fresh water. But Coke is working on that, too. As part of its mission to bring drinking water to the communities it serves, the company has developed a solar-powered, Wi-Fi-equipped kiosk with a water purification system—and it plans to drop them in 20 countries by 2015. Read More >>

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Dear UPS, This Is Not How You Ship a Gadget

So I was on holiday last week, and came back to the usual mountain of 700+ emails and piles of junk from PR companies Katamaried all over my desk. There was also this. Read More >>

guts
The Asus G10 Desktop Has its Own Mini Battery Pack, For (25 Seconds of) Portable Power

The Asus G10 is a new desktop being pitched at people who worry about power interruptions ruining their work or gaming sessions, with the thing including a proprietary battery that can keep a whole desktop running for around 25 seconds. Read More >>

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UPS Guy Steals an iPad Mini That FedEx Had Just Delivered

Vimeo user alversae has posted a video which shows a UPS delivery guy wander up to the front of his house and steal his daughter's Christmas present — an iPad mini — right off the porch where it had just been left by FedEx. Read More >>

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Best Excuse for a Late Package Ever

We've all received weird "shipping-delayed" notifications. Usually they're something inane like "address does not exist" even though you're standing right there. The one I got just now from the United States' United Parcel Service, however, is rather special. I'm sorry, did you say train derailment!? Read More >>