Uber eyes liftoff for food-delivery drones

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Ride-sharing giant Uber is hiring an operations executive to help roll out a commercially-viable fleet of food-delivery drones by 2021, reports the Wall Street Journal.

The big picture: A spokesman told the WSJ the program is "still in very early days," but Uber's push to take to the skies reflects its efforts to diversify beyond just ride-hailing. Last week, the company announced it would be adding a new tractor-trailer rental business as it gears up for a 2019 IPO that could reportedly be worth as much as $120 billion.

Google CEO tries to placate Pentagon over nixed AI contract

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Google CEO Sundar Pichai met with military leaders last week to try easing tensions with the Pentagon over the company's decision to drop out of an AI drone-video analysis contract after employees raised ethical concerns, The Washington Post’s Tony Romm and Drew Harwell report.

The big picture: Google wants to take advantage of potentially lucrative contracts but keeps encountering conflicts with company values — not only here but also in a recent controversy over a proposal to run a modified search engine in China.

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