News highlights – August 24

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A delivery drone performs a test flight with a Domino's pizza box in Auckland, New Zealand, August 25, 2016. Domino's/Handout via REUTERS

A drone performs a test flight with a pizza box in Auckland, New Zealand Domino’s/Handout via REUTERS

News highlights for August 24

Drones to deliver pizza in New Zealand in world first

WELLINGTON/SYDNEY (Reuters) – A New Zealand pizza chain aims to become the world’s first company to offer a commercial drone delivery service, a milestone in the once-unthinkable quest to save time and money with an air-borne supply chain dispensing with people. Read more…

First Pokemon Go related death as Japanese truck driver hits women

TOKYO (Reuters) – A Japanese truck driver playing Pokemon Go while driving hit two women, killing one and injuring the other, in Japan’s first death related to the Nintendo Co craze. The driver said he had been distracted by the game after his arrest for negligent driving following the accident on Wednesday evening. Read more…

Uber’s gamble in Macau not working, pulling out

(Reuters) – Global ride-hailing giant Uber Technologies Inc will pull out of the gambling hub of Macau on September 9, less than 10 months after it launched there, Macau media reported, citing a letter they said was sent by Uber’s Asia regional chief. Read more…

Google invests in programs for VR Daydream service…

Google is investing hundreds of thousands of dollars apiece in virtual-reality films and programs, part of a plan to line up exclusive content for the debut of its new Daydream service in the coming weeks, according to people familiar with the matter. Read more…

And will downgrade those ‘slap you in the face adverts’

Google will be rejigging its search algorithm to downgrade websites that slap up a large advert, aka an “interstitial,” before readers can actually get to see the content. On January 10, the Chocolate Factory will start scanning websites for interstitials. Read more…

Netflix targets growth and success outside US

LONDON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–By 2018, the number of international Netflix subscribers will overtake the number of US domestic subscribers, according to new analysis released today by IHS Markit, a world leader in critical information, analytics and solutions. Read more…

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