December 2nd, 2013
07:56 AM ET

Amazon's Futuristic Plans, Testing Delivery by Drone Service

In the not-too-distant future, Amazon deliveries could come by air directly to your doorstep.

The online mega-retailer unveiled plans on Sunday for a new delivery service called Prime Air, which uses unmanned aerial vehicles - or drones - that look like toy helicopters.

The "octocopters" aren't ready to take flight yet. Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos said in an interview on 60 Minutes that the drones would be ready to take flight in four to five years. But an Amazon spokesperson pointed to an updated post on the company's website promising aerial deliveries as soon as federal rules change.

"In 30 minutes or less, you would buy something on Amazon, it would get in that little yellow box, it would go in that little drone and it would come to your doorstep if you live within 10 miles of one of their warehouses or fulfillment centers," reports CNN's Chief Business Correspondent Christine Romans.

Those FAA rules could come as soon as 2015. The type of flights Bezos proposed are currently not allowed. Unlike some other drones currently used, these would be autonomous - they would fly without a pilot.

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Obamacare Technology Malfunctions, Stops Enrollment
October 28th, 2013
11:31 AM ET

Obamacare Technology Malfunctions, Stops Enrollment

A malfunction in key technology behind the Obamacare website left users unable to apply for health coverage late Sunday.

Joanne Peters, a spokeswoman for the Department of Health and Human Services, said a vendor networking issue at Verizon subsidiary Terremark was to blame. Peters said the vendor had "experienced a failure in a networking component," and the attempted fix crashed the system.

Peters said that HHS chief Kathleen Sebelius had discussed the problem with Verizon CEO Lowell McAdam.

Verizon (VZ, Fortune 500) spokesman Jeff Nelson said his company was working on the issue and it would be "fixed as quickly as possible."

The outage was the latest issue to hit the troubled HealthCare.gov. Since a disappointing debut on Oct. 1, some users have been unable to create accounts or sign up for coverage.

“Now, we expect Secretary Sebelius will get a lot of tough questions about this problem and all the others when she testifies before Congress on Wednesday,” CNN’s Athena Jones reports.

“And that's the same day the president heads to Boston to promote Obamacare.”

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