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Delivery by drone in 30 minutes? Amazon says it’s coming

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Borrowing a pizza delivery motto, online retail giant Amazon told Congress Wednesday it is developing the technology to use drones to deliver packages in 30 minutes or less, a broad expansion of unmanned flight that is raising concerns about safety, security and privacy. Using commercial drones to quickly deliver packages is probably years away. But when government regulations catch up with emerging technologies, it could revolutionize the way people shop for items they need quickly, said Paul E. Misener, vice…

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New survey names Publix as one of nation’s most reputable retailers

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Although it comes as little surprise to many Floridians, Publix has been named once again as one of America’s best retailers. In its annual survey, the Reputation Institute ranked the Lakeland-based grocer second on the list of America’s 50 most reputable retailers, just behind online giant Amazon. Overall, supermarket chains moved up in the ranking this year, with Whole Foods jumping five spots to third place. “The overall reputation of America’s top retail companies has steadily improved over the last…

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Plenty of options for HBO online, not enough time

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HBO Now, the cable channel’s new stand-alone streaming service, is both a blessing and a curse. Like HBO Go, the app that cable and satellite TV subscribers have, HBO Now gives you instant access to new TV episodes and movies, along with programs from months and years ago. People who don’t subscribe to cable TV are now able to watch hit shows such as “Game of Thrones” and “Girls” without “borrowing” parents’ accounts or turning to piracy sites. The curse?…

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