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RIP Nelson Mandela – Amazon delivery drones – Twitter appoints first female board member


Nelson Mandela, former president of South Africa passed away on Thursday 5th December, aged 95 after a lifetime of fighting for his country's right to a democratic society.

Since the news broke that the anti-apartheid leader had passed away shortly before 19:00 GMT, the world has been flooding social media with tweets, Instagram images of Mandela's quotes and Facebook tributes to the beloved president who brought an end to apartheid in South Africa.

Among the tweets in tribute to the first black president of South Africa, were many from leaders around the world:

Nelson Mandela had been suffering with a severe long term lung infection, but had returned to his home in Johannesburg in September to spend time with his family.

Mandela's life has been paid tribute to by citizens all over the world who have used Twitter, Instagram and various other social media forums to honour the achievements of the anti-apartheid hero.


Amazon tests drones for deliveries

Amazon's latest invention in the quest for faster, cheaper deliveries has arrived in the form of delivery drones, otherwise known as Octocopters.

An Octocopter can deliver packages weighing up to 2.3kg covering 86 per cent of all deliveries, and have the packages to customers within 30 minutes of placing the order.

The drones will not be turning up at your door anytime soon as the US Federal Aviation Administration (the FAA) has yet to approve the drone service, currently called Prime Air, and gaining authorisation to use the Octocopters could take up to five years. However, the service is set to vastly improve Amazon's efficiency and ability to grow when they are finally able to take off.

Octocopters have been met with criticism from many who believe the drones to be a publicity stunt from the online delivery site. Tim Harford of the Financial Times has suggested that though Amazon's drones may not be realistic as a reliable and safe delivery service in the short term, in the long term we could be seeing the beginning of our future delivery system on a mass scale. Harford predicts that the advantages of drone technology could become apparent through shared logistics, as retailers and restaurants use the drones in the same way websites currently use a cloud hosting company.

Drones are currently in use by police and government agencies, and set to feature in civilian airspace in the US by 2015 and in Europe by 2016.


Twitter names first female board member

Twitter has named its first female board member as media veteran, Dame Majorie Scardino, the former chief executive of publishing company Pearson.

The social network has been called to question recently in regards to the lack of diversity within its executives. Scardino will be replacing David Rosenblatt on Twitter's audit committee, who will remain on the company's compensation committee.

In response to Twitter's announcement on Thursday, Scardino formally acknowledged the news with her first tweet: "@twitter Thank you. There couldn't be a more exciting time in Twitter's history to join!"

Dame Scardino has been an inspirational figure to women in business throughout her career, now aged 66, in 1997 she became the first female chief executive of a FTSE 100 company when appointed to her role at Pearson; the publishing company for the Financial Times.

Alongside individual achievements, under Dame Scardino's tenure Pearson built one of the world's largest education publishing and testing businesses, it has a majority stake in Penguin Random House, and a half-stake in The Economist.



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