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Friday Five: 2/02-2/06

Allison Lautz

By: Bridget Devine, Public Relations Intern

Happy Friday! Here’s a roundup of industry news from this week!

Alibaba begins drone delivery trials in China – BBC

Alibaba announced on Wednesday that it will begin drone delivery trials in China. The trials will last three days and cover areas within a one hour radius of its distribution centers. The distribution centers are located in Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou. Other brands like Google and Amazon are keeping their drone testing more private. Founder of Alibaba, Jack Ma, plans to have two billion customers by 2025. The testing is in its early stages and only plans to carry items with a maximum weight of 12 ounces for now.


Harper Lee, Author of ‘To Kill a Mockingbird,’ Is to Publish a Second Novel – The New York Times

Publishers of Harper Lee's "To Kill a Mockingbird" announced they will publish a second novel by Lee, "Go Set a Watchman." Lee was initially hesitant to release the story. "After much thought and hesitation, I shared it with a handful of people I trust and was pleased to hear that they considered it worthy of publication,” Lee said in a statement. The new novel sequels “To Kill a Mocking Bird,” taking place twenty years later in the same fictional town. “Go Set a Watchman” is set for a July release date.

Chinese State-Sponsored Hackers Suspected in Anthem Attack – BloombergBusiness

Anthem was hacked on Wednesday, potentially exposing the personal information of 80 million customers. Cindy Wakefield, spokeswoman for Anthem, issued a statement saying tens of millions were likely impacted by the hack. That would make it the largest healthcare breach to date. The Federal Bureau of Investigation found evidence pointing to Chinese state-sponsored hackers.

RadioShack Files for Bankruptcy – The Wall Street Journal

RadioShack filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection on Thursday after a deal to sell as many as 2,400 of its stores to Standard General. Standard General will operate the stores in partnership with Sprint. RadioShack opened its doors in 1921 and operates about 4,000 stores in the U.S. The franchise will be provided with about $285 million in bankruptcy financing.


TransAsia flight data show both engines failed – USA Today

A TransAsia Airways crash killed at least 35 people this week. The plane went down shortly after it’s takeoff from Taiwan’s capital. An investigation is being conducted on the cause for both engines to lose power. This is TransAsia’s second plane crash in less than a year.  A preliminary report of the investigation will be issued within the next 30 days.

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