By Ellen Rosen The New York Times Mon., March 25, 2019 If you’ve been worrying that drones would be filling the skies over your head, dropping packages off day after day at your neighbour’s house, leaving food on doorsteps or photographing your every move, you can relax a little. At least for now. The hype over commercial drones is, so far, largely just that. One of the people who contributed to that hype was Jeff Bezos, the Amazon founder. In a “60 Minutes” interview in December 2013, he predicted that deliveries by drones could become commonplace within five years. The fifth anniversary of Bezos’ prediction has come and gone, but widespread deliveries by drone are not yet a reality, neither by Amazon nor by any other company. Regulatory thickets, technical complexity and the public’s skittishness have proved to be formidable hurdles. At a minimum, the unresolved issues include whether it is safe to allow drones to fly beyond a … [Read more...] about Companies trying to prove commercial drones are safe and sound
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Matthew DeBord, provided by Published 11:56 am CST, Friday, February 8, 2019 Waymo Ellie Casson is Waymo's head of local policy. Her job is to work with local communities and governments to use Waymo's self-driving technology to solve problems. Casson's said her background in community organizing and her small-town upbringing help her make sure that Waymo bucks a Silicon Valley stereotype and stays humble. here and here. For a brief history of Waymo, clickhere. It's assumed that if you want to work at Alphabet, your best path runs through a computer-science program at a major university. That's true — but you could also get to the Googleplex by working on a farm. Ellie Casson, the head of local policy for Waymo, Alphabet's self-driving division, is proof. After growing up in a town of just 8,000 people in New York's Dutchess County, she studied urban planning at Hampshire College in Amherst, MA. After graduation, she headed to California, but not to labor … [Read more...] about The woman in charge of laying the groundwork for Waymo’s self-driving taxis in cities across the US reveals why humility is key to the company’s future (GOOGL)
Visit The Boston Globe Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Comment on this Scroll to top of page Jon Chesto Globe Staff December 06, 2018 This should have been a time to celebrate for JC and Esther Tetreault. The Trillium Brewing Co. founders finally opened their restaurant in Fort Point, a showcase location in a hot neighborhood.But the couple behind one of Greater Boston’s buzziest craft beer brands soon learned hard lessons about the hazards of rapid expansion.Trillium was pilloried online last month after word got out that some employees saw their base hourly pay cut from $8 an hour to $5, the level for newer retail workers. The pay cut was one thing. (The Tetreaults said it was a mistake and quickly reinstated their previous pay scale.) Perhaps even more egregious to many consumers: Trillium’s retail workers were paid like bartenders, as tipped employees. It’s not illegal. But to many, it was a surprise. The … [Read more...] about Trillium, humbled by pay flap, boosts wages of retail workers
E-readers and tablets have us doing more of our reading on screens than ever before. The latter category, including devices such as the iPad Pro and Surface Pro, even offers pens for scribbling notes. Other lower-profile offerings, such as the Sony Digital Paper and the reMarkable tablet, use e-ink screens to closely mimic the experience of writing on paper, at least as much as technology allows today. But while these products may veer toward delivering the utility and portability of a pad of paper, there’s one paper-based stalwart that tech hasn’t been able to match: the humble sticky note. Invented four decades ago by 3M in what has become a famous example of mistakes leading to success, sticky notes have become a classic because of some unique properties. They can convey a message—that is, content—but their placement provides context. They can be put in the line of sight of someone to grab attention or be affixed to a document or other object to provide … [Read more...] about Even in our digital world, the humble sticky note abides
By John D. Stoll The Wall Street Journal Fri., Oct. 26, 2018 For a solid barometer on the American consumer, look no further than the humble can of paint. Home Depot Inc. sold $8 billion worth of paint last year, and sales grew in the first half, making it among the highest-revenue lines at the company. Home Depot Chief Financial Officer Carol Tome told me recently that she sees the category as reflective of broader sentiment because “the No. 1 ‘DIY’ project is painting.” Even the least-handy among us feels qualified to slosh our way through a gallon of matte enamel or premium semigloss. It’s not all Sunkissed Yellow and Summer Sky in the paint aisle, though, and that may spell trouble for the wider economy. The price of a gallon of paint is rapidly increasing. Home Depot’s key supplier, PPG Industries Inc., raised prices 2% over the summer, while rival Sherwin-Williams Corp. bumped them 4.6%. Both companies will keep raising … [Read more...] about Are companies’ price increases painting them into a corner?