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Business Budget for Wednesday, November 27, 2019
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^Could drone deliveries help the environment? Let's unpack that<
^CPT-DRONES-ENVIRONMENT:LA—<Drones have been touted as a clean, fast way to appease our demand for quick deliveries. When Amazon.com Inc. unveiled a new design in June for its Prime Air delivery drone, it framed the initiative as part of its vision to make half its shipments net zero carbon by 2030. Wing, a division of Google parent Alphabet Inc., heralded its service as helpful in easing greenhouse gas emissions. After UPS first publicly flew a drone from the top of a delivery truck to drop off a package at a home, an executive called the test a "big step" toward reducing UPS' emissions.
Drone delivery operations could indeed be more environmentally friendly than trucks, according to two recent studies. But that depends on how and where they are deployed.
1250 by Samantha Masunaga. MOVED
^What's happening to Paul Allen's billions? A year after his death, it's complicated<
PAUL-ALLEN-ESTATE:SE — Paul Allen intended to give away the majority of the $20 billion-plus fortune he accumulated as Microsoft co-founder, technology investor, real estate magnate and NFL and NBA team owner.
A little more than a year after his death, the course he charted for doing so remains a closely guarded secret, its execution a complex, high-stakes work in progress. Chatter earlier this month that Jeff Bezos was interested in buying an NFL team, possibly the Seahawks — which are not for sale, according to team sources — renewed interest in the disposition of the rest of the Allen empire.
1750 by Benjamin Romano, Katherine Khashimova Long and Brendan Kiley in Seattle. MOVED
^TECHNOLOGY STORIES <
^White collar workers will be most affected by AI in the new economy, study suggests<
^WRK-WHITECOLLAR-AI:SE—<In 2015, Stanford University Ph.D. student Michael Webb watched as his classmates in the computer science program became increasingly interested in the advancements of artificial intelligence (AI). An outlier, he was more focused on the economic implications of the technologies.
But there was a dearth of reports that solely focused on the impact AI has on different sectors and occupations. Instead, most analyses generalized technology to include a wide range of automation and software.
900 by Melissa Hellmann. MOVED
^REAL ESTATE STORIES <
^Illness, injury and aging mean homes with accessibility are in great demand. But that doesn't mean they're easy to find<
^REAL-ACCESSIBILITY:TB—<Matthew Gill, 25, was 19 years old when he jumped into the Rock River in Wisconsin. He dove in, not realizing the depth of the water he was diving into, and hit his head, according to his father, Bill Gill.
Matthew's spinal cord injury put him in a wheelchair for the rest of his life.
The accident changed the trajectory of the Gill family in many ways, including in terms of housing. Matthew's childhood home in Lisle was no longer conducive to his new mobility.
1350 by Darcel Rockett. MOVED
^This CEO sees growth ahead for the Los Angeles real estate market<
^REAL-GROWTH-LOSANGELES:LA—<Los Angeles real estate has been a thriving business during that time, driven in part by substantial investments from financiers in other countries including China, Canada and South Korea.
"For three years in a row, Los Angeles has been the top market in the country for foreign capital," said Robert Sulentic, chief executive of CBRE. "Foreign investors tend to like the big gateway markets and L.A. has been particularly big because of the entertainment industry.
950 by Roger Vincent in Los Angeles. MOVED
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^Tech Q&A: Browser privacy mode won't make you invisible<
^CPT-TECHQA:MS—<My internet browsers have privacy modes with names like "incognito," "secret" and "private," but I suspect they provide less privacy than the names suggest. What do they do?
550 by Steve Alexander. MOVED
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