A former military airfield in Belgium will be used to test technology and help regulators set rules for delivery by unmanned flying devices. Original article at nytimes.com

Amazon just had its best holiday season ever, pulling in the highest quarterly sales in the company’s history and capping off a year in which it tripled profits from the previous one. Wall Street greeted this news with a definitive “meh.” SEE ALSO: Amazon’s getting serious about its delivery ambitions with a $1.4 billion hub The online shopping behemoth’s stock fell more than four percent in after-hours trading on Thursday after its $43.74 billion in reported revenues fell short of analysts’ lofty $44 View original article at Mashable

Most online shopping sites are great at suggesting items similar to the ones you’ve previously purchased. But until now, none have quite mastered how to use that data to actually predict what you will be interested in next. That’s the premise of Propulse, a new Montreal-based startup that uses machine learning and image recognition software to attempt to understand a shopper’s tastes and recommend new products accordingly.  SEE ALSO: Amazon’s getting serious about its delivery ambitions with a $1.4 billion hub The e-commerce platform, which officially launched Thursday,…

Image: AmazonA little over three years ago, on a 60 Minutes TV show segment, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos announced that drones would very soon deliver packages up to five pounds right to a customer’s doorstep in a half an hour, tops. He showed Charlie Rose the octocopters they planned to use emblazoned with the yellow and black Amazon logo on the side and it all seemed very impressive. Yet, three years on, after design changes to the drones and regulatory struggles with the US Federal Aviation Administration ,…

Jeff Bezos announced on Twitter that his company had made its first automated shipment, a two-mile, 13-minute trip to a shopper in Cambridgeshire. Original article at nytimes.com