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Freedonia Drones Expert Weighs in as Alphabet Drops Coffee Delivery Drones Plan

Alphabet, the parent company of Google, recently scrapped plans to partner with Starbucks to deliver coffee using drones.  Alphabet had previously tested delivery of the coffee chain’s products as part of its Project Wing pilot program.  The tests used hybrid vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) drones that hover in place and lower their cargo to the ground on a rope. According to Bloomberg.com,

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Google Waze Expands Ride-Sharing Service

Alphabet Inc. ’s Google has quietly opened its Waze ride-sharing service to San Francisco-area users, expanding a pilot program and confirming the company’s interest in the lucrative ride-hailing industry. Smartphone users in the San Francisco area now can download a mobile app called Waze Rider to request rides to and from work from drivers using Google’s popular Waze navigation app.

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Grab is Set to Raise $1 Billion

As Uber Technologies Inc. turns away from China, a competitor is raising funds to cement its dominance in Southeast Asia and fend off the tech titan based in San Francisco. Uber’s decision to sell its China business to Didi Chuxing Technology Co. is giving Singapore-based Grab renewed confidence it can take on Uber and win on its home turf. Grab

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