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Innovations: December, 2013

Posted at 09:09 AM ET, 12/31/2013

Turning robots into surrogates for homebound senior citizens

Researchers test whether robots can be used to represent immobile senior citizens in public places.

By Matt McFarland  |  09:09 AM ET, 12/31/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 08:23 AM ET, 12/31/2013

Five of the most-liked Washington Post comments from the last 24 hours

Tuesday brings talk of Redskins Coach Mike Shanahan being fired, Fox News and airport security.

By Matt McFarland  |  08:23 AM ET, 12/31/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Editor's Corner

Posted at 09:26 AM ET, 12/30/2013

2013 was a more amazing year than you think

We witnessed a transformative year as electric cars proved themselves and robots took center stage.

By Vivek Wadhwa  |  09:26 AM ET, 12/30/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 08:48 AM ET, 12/30/2013

Out of your stream to the shared screen, it’s holiday magic Chromecasting Keyboard Cat

TVs become family desktops as streaming services let us share online videos on our largest screens.

By Cory Haik  |  08:48 AM ET, 12/30/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 08:21 AM ET, 12/30/2013

Five of the most-liked Washington Post comments from the weekend

Monday’s edition includes Pope Francis, copyright and a look forward to 2014.

By Matt McFarland  |  08:21 AM ET, 12/30/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Editor's Corner

Posted at 07:35 AM ET, 12/27/2013

A Silicon Valley state of mind

Dividing the state into six would give Silicon Valley more votes in Washington.

By Dominic Basulto  |  07:35 AM ET, 12/27/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 08:59 AM ET, 12/24/2013

A Christmas wish list for innovators

We’ll happily take a fix for information overload, a new Chatroulette and a great smartwatch.

By Dominic Basulto  |  08:59 AM ET, 12/24/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 08:51 AM ET, 12/24/2013

Solving the Webcam hacking problem with a smart adhesive

For those looking for security without the gunk of duct tape, camJAMR is an option.

By Matt McFarland  |  08:51 AM ET, 12/24/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 08:13 AM ET, 12/24/2013

Five of the most-liked Washington Post comments from the last 24 hours

Tuesday brings more talk of Obamacare, gay marriage and the debt ceiling.

By Matt McFarland  |  08:13 AM ET, 12/24/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Editor's Corner

Posted at 09:42 AM ET, 12/23/2013

Want to attract the best employees? A loan might help.

Lending Club envisions a world where companies use their cash to attract employees with loans.

By Matt McFarland  |  09:42 AM ET, 12/23/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 07:58 AM ET, 12/23/2013

Five of the most-liked Washington Post comments from the weekend

Monday’s edition includes talk of “Duck Dynasty” and a general fired following a drunk bender.

By Matt McFarland  |  07:58 AM ET, 12/23/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 08:50 AM ET, 12/20/2013

Blogs on the ropes, Legos on the road and more

We round up the neat and interesting ideas from the week it was on the Web.

By Matt McFarland  |  08:50 AM ET, 12/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 08:09 AM ET, 12/20/2013

Five of the most-liked Washington Post comments from the last 24 hours

Friday brings talk of Duck Dynasty, gay marriage in New Mexico and George W. Bush.

By Matt McFarland  |  08:09 AM ET, 12/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:05 AM ET, 12/19/2013

What it’s like to trek to the South Pole, as told by a 19-year-old

Parker Liautaud melts snow for water, feasts on oatmeal and strives for the perfect number of layers.

By Matt McFarland  |  10:05 AM ET, 12/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 08:53 AM ET, 12/19/2013

Google is hoarding robots. Here’s what they may be planning.

The company has acquired eight robotics companies this year. We explain why.

By Dominic Basulto  |  08:53 AM ET, 12/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 08:29 AM ET, 12/19/2013

Five of the most-liked Washington Post comments from the last 24 hours

Thursday’s edition features Obamacare, Paul Ryan and the sterilization of deer.

By Matt McFarland  |  08:29 AM ET, 12/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 08:39 AM ET, 12/18/2013

Google Glass redefines what it means to wink

With a new setting, someone wearing Glass only has to wink at you to take a photo.

By Matt McFarland  |  08:39 AM ET, 12/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 07:54 AM ET, 12/18/2013

Five of the most-liked Washington Post comments from the last 24 hours

Wednesday’s edition includes Elizabeth Warren, a school named after a KKK wizard and Obamacare.

By Matt McFarland  |  07:54 AM ET, 12/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:56 AM ET, 12/17/2013

Worried your laptop camera will be hacked? Eyebloc might be for you.

The Eyebloc blocks the camera on the laptop or tablet of those with privacy concerns.

By Matt McFarland  |  10:56 AM ET, 12/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:49 AM ET, 12/17/2013

Beyonc ’s new album distorts our notion of true innovation

When a celebrity gets involved in something touted as game-changing, chances are it’s been done.

By Dominic Basulto  |  09:49 AM ET, 12/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:07 AM ET, 12/17/2013

Five innovations IBM expects will change our world

IBM releases its annual predictions of five areas of human life that will never be the same.

By Matt McFarland  |  09:07 AM ET, 12/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 08:47 AM ET, 12/17/2013

How big data could transform classrooms

IBM thinks big data and digital devices will help education take a huge leap in the next five years.

By Matt McFarland  |  08:47 AM ET, 12/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 08:18 AM ET, 12/17/2013

Five of the most-liked Washington Post comments from the last 24 hours

Tuesday’s edition includes Pope Francis, Fox News and talk of teacher salaries.

By Matt McFarland  |  08:18 AM ET, 12/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:07 AM ET, 12/16/2013

Intel’s hidden ad gamble pays off in first game of deal with FC Barcelona

The company’s unconventional ad inside FC Barcelona’s jerseys made an appearance Saturday.

By Matt McFarland  |  10:07 AM ET, 12/16/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 08:24 AM ET, 12/16/2013

The man behind the $37.99 tablet wants to sell one for $19.99 within two years

Datawind wants its low-cost devices to reach Americans without Internet access.

By Matt McFarland  |  08:24 AM ET, 12/16/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 07:37 AM ET, 12/16/2013

Five of the most-liked Washington Post comments from the weekend

Monday’s edition includes Michelle Obama, Mike Huckabee and John McCain.

By Matt McFarland  |  07:37 AM ET, 12/16/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 11:18 AM ET, 12/13/2013

Don’t feel like going to the office? This robot will take your place.

A telecommuting worker can wheel the Double around the office to maintain a physical presence.

By Matt McFarland  |  11:18 AM ET, 12/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 08:42 AM ET, 12/13/2013

Barcelona’s jerseys to feature an ad, on the inside

Barcelona will have an Intel ad inside its jerseys that could be seen during goal celebrations.

By Matt McFarland  |  08:42 AM ET, 12/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 08:10 AM ET, 12/13/2013

Five of the most-liked Washington Post comments from the last 24 hours

Friday’s edition features House Speaker John Boehner, Sen. Marco Rubio and Loudoun County.

By Matt McFarland  |  08:10 AM ET, 12/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:23 AM ET, 12/12/2013

Why it’s a shame that computer science courses aren’t mandatory

The market for coding jobs is booming, yet young people scrape for work because they lack the skills.

By Matt McFarland  |  10:23 AM ET, 12/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 08:46 AM ET, 12/12/2013

Pinterest just figured out how to make shopping awesome

The Web site’s new partnership with Target elevates the online shopping experience.

By Dominic Basulto  |  08:46 AM ET, 12/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 08:09 AM ET, 12/12/2013

Five of the most-liked Washington Post comments from the last 24 hours

Thursday’s edition features Pope Francis, President Obama’s selfie and Paul Ryan.

By Matt McFarland  |  08:09 AM ET, 12/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:08 PM ET, 12/11/2013

International Space Station operations slow after cooling loop shuts down

NASA says the six-man crew is safe as work is underway to determine what is causing the issue.

By Matt McFarland  |  09:08 PM ET, 12/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Space

Posted at 04:08 PM ET, 12/11/2013

David Wolman: ‘Cash is undergoing this death by a thousand cuts’

PostTV’s On Background discusses how new apps and technologies are making it easier to live without cash.

By Matt McFarland  |  04:08 PM ET, 12/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 01:27 PM ET, 12/11/2013

Groupon mocks Amazon’s drones with catapult delivery plans

Groupon pokes fun at Amazon’s drones with a plan to deliver via medieval catapults.

By Matt McFarland  |  01:27 PM ET, 12/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:50 AM ET, 12/11/2013

Cable industry’s sad attack on cord-cutting to meet a merciful end

Cable providers will pull the plug on Holesaga, an attempt to show the merits of cable.

By Matt McFarland  |  09:50 AM ET, 12/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 08:59 AM ET, 12/11/2013

This entrepreneur in Singapore developed build-your-own sunglasses

Murugam Narayanasamy is raising money to sell customizable sunglasses with interchangable parts.

By Matt McFarland  |  08:59 AM ET, 12/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 08:45 AM ET, 12/11/2013

Five of the most-liked Washington Post comments from the last 24 hours

Wednesday’s edition includes President Obama, filibusters and the Washington Redskins.

By Matt McFarland  |  08:45 AM ET, 12/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 08:49 AM ET, 12/10/2013

Christmas lights: Ten of the best shows ever

Feast your eyes on these amazing displays of Christmas lights.

By Matt McFarland  |  08:49 AM ET, 12/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 08:34 AM ET, 12/10/2013

How the ‘Yoda’ of Christmas lights changed the holidays forever

Forget Clark Griswold. Today’s lights have taken the holidays to the next level.

By Matt McFarland  |  08:34 AM ET, 12/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 08:17 AM ET, 12/10/2013

The best innovations of 2013

A look back at the year in drones, space travel, 3D printers and burgers grown in labs.

By Dominic Basulto  |  08:17 AM ET, 12/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 08:14 AM ET, 12/10/2013

Five of the most-liked Washington Post comments from the last 24 hours

Tuesday’s edition features Fox News, Obamacare and a winter storm bearing down on Washington.

By Matt McFarland  |  08:14 AM ET, 12/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:52 AM ET, 12/09/2013

World View on verge of accepting reservations for trips to near space

World View will begin accepting reservations Wednesday to travel to the edge of space.

By Matt McFarland  |  09:52 AM ET, 12/09/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Space

Posted at 08:29 AM ET, 12/09/2013

To inspire tomorrow’s great female engineers, we need better toys today

We won’t inspire today’s girls to be great engineers and scientists without the right toys.

By Vivek Wadhwa  |  08:29 AM ET, 12/09/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 08:27 AM ET, 12/09/2013

The childhood toys that inspired female engineers and scientists

Female engineers and scientists share what childhood toys helped them toward their careers today.

By Matt McFarland  |  08:27 AM ET, 12/09/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 07:57 AM ET, 12/09/2013

Five of the most-liked Washington Post comments from the weekend

Monday’s edition includes Rupert Murdoch, Nelson Mandela and winter weather in Washington.

By Matt McFarland  |  07:57 AM ET, 12/09/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 05:16 PM ET, 12/06/2013

Twitter’s addition of Marjorie Scardino is a great move, but more needs to be done.

The addition of Marjorie Scardino to its board is a welcome move, but more needs done.

By Vivek Wadhwa  |  05:16 PM ET, 12/06/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:46 AM ET, 12/06/2013

Ron Burgundy: Half-witted newscaster, genius marketer

Will Ferrell’s “Anchorman” character taps into viral media and native advertising to promote his film.

By Matt McFarland  |  10:46 AM ET, 12/06/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 08:35 AM ET, 12/06/2013

Eight holiday lessons learned from Google searches

Here are eight Christmas lessons as learned from a history of Google searches.

By Matt McFarland  |  08:35 AM ET, 12/06/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 08:14 AM ET, 12/06/2013

Five of the most-liked Washington Post comments from the last 24 hours

Friday’s version includes the minimum wage, Bill O’Reilly and Obamacare.

By Matt McFarland  |  08:14 AM ET, 12/06/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:39 AM ET, 12/05/2013

This one-wheeled ‘microcycle’ balances itself as you ride it

This one-wheeled, electric “microcycle” aims to get you around town for your errands.

By Matt McFarland  |  10:39 AM ET, 12/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:04 AM ET, 12/05/2013

Stephen Wolfram wants to leave Google, Wikipedia in the dust

The brilliant mind that is Stephen Wolfram has his sights set on Google and WIkipedia.

By Dominic Basulto  |  09:04 AM ET, 12/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 08:32 AM ET, 12/05/2013

The coasters that give your old television new life

A San Jose company is using old monitors and TVs to make coasters and bathroom tiles.

By Matt McFarland  |  08:32 AM ET, 12/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 08:24 AM ET, 12/05/2013

Five of the most-liked Washington Post comments from the last 24 hours

Thursday’s edition features the war on Christmas, Obamacare and terrifying holiday gifts.

By Matt McFarland  |  08:24 AM ET, 12/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:49 AM ET, 12/04/2013

How 13 people can produce enough cotton for 9.4 million T-shirts

Technology continues to eliminate jobs, raising the question of how the average worker will survive.

By Matt McFarland  |  09:49 AM ET, 12/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:08 AM ET, 12/04/2013

Report: U.S., Switzerland love to innovate together

A report finds that the most innovation with the U.S. comes from the Swiss and Canadians.

By Matt McFarland  |  09:08 AM ET, 12/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 08:24 AM ET, 12/04/2013

Five of the most-liked Washington Post comments from the last 24 hours

Wednesday’s edition includes bankruptcy for Detroit, President Obama’s uncle and the polio vaccine.

By Matt McFarland  |  08:24 AM ET, 12/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 12:05 PM ET, 12/03/2013

Steve Case: Don’t let the United States turn into Detroit

The AOL co-founder cites the troubled city as a example of the dangers of complacency.

By Matt McFarland  |  12:05 PM ET, 12/03/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 08:35 AM ET, 12/03/2013

Forget the doubters, commercial drones are here to stay

Despite skepticism surrounding Amazon’s plans, drones will have a big place in our world moving forward.

By Dominic Basulto  |  08:35 AM ET, 12/03/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 08:31 AM ET, 12/03/2013

The case for waterless urinals to take over the world

As population growth strains worldwide water supplies, water-free urinals are an easy solution.

By Matt McFarland  |  08:31 AM ET, 12/03/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 08:14 AM ET, 12/03/2013

Five of the most-liked Washington Post comments from the last 24 hours

Tuesday’s edition includes Obamacare, dialects of American English and Catholic hospitals.

By Matt McFarland  |  08:14 AM ET, 12/03/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 05:20 PM ET, 12/02/2013

Amazon Prime Air: Rounding up the skepticism on drones

We round up the skeptical reactions to Amazon’s plan to deliver packages to your doorstep via drones.

By Matt McFarland  |  05:20 PM ET, 12/02/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:59 AM ET, 12/02/2013

The wheelchair driven by a tongue piercing: Cool concept faces uphill battle

A wheelchair could be controlled by the tongue, but hurdles remain to it becoming a reality.

By Matt McFarland  |  10:59 AM ET, 12/02/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:08 AM ET, 12/02/2013

Cord-cutting 2.0: Lose the power lines, embrace solar

Cutting the cord with your cable provider could be just the beginning. Your electric utility may be next.

By Matt McFarland  |  09:08 AM ET, 12/02/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 08:38 AM ET, 12/02/2013

Five of the most-liked Washington Post comments from the weekend

Monday’s edition includes the Obamacare and Amazon’s plan for flying drones.

By Matt McFarland  |  08:38 AM ET, 12/02/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 08:31 AM ET, 12/02/2013

Amazon drones: A flying robot may deliver your Christmas gifts in four or five years

In four of five years packages may be dropped on your doorstep by an automated drone.

By Matt McFarland  |  08:31 AM ET, 12/02/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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