Weekly Round-Up: Top 5 News Stories of the Week

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0 Brooke Stevens
It’s been a busy week: From Uber's problems with the DMV, to Amazon's first drone delivery. Here are 5 news stories that you just can’t miss.

Uber Launches Self-Driving Cars in San Francisco Despite DMV Orders

Uber refuses to let California regulators tell it what to do. The transportation company was thrilled to launch its fleet of self-driving cars in San Francisco this Wednesday. However, California’s DMV was not as excited about the news. The DMV ordered the company to cease all activity of its cutting-edge AI development until it receives an official permit. Uber seems to consider itself different than its competitors, Google and Tesla, as it claims its cars do not fall under the legal definition requiring permit, since these are monitored by an actual person sitting behind the wheel. In a blog post, Uber called the state of California to change its view regarding the regulation of self-driving cars, which “could have the unintended consequence of slowing innovation.”

Photo by: newsroom.uber.com

Apparently, the Top CD-Selling Artist of 2016 Is… Mozart

Surprise, surprise: the biggest-selling musician in the CD department is not Beyoncé, nor Lada Gaga. It’s none other than 18th century composer, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. The recently-released set of the famous classical composer’s recordings proved to be a roaring success. So far, Mozart has sold 1.25 million CDs in total in the five weeks following the release. The box-set, titled Mozart 225: The New Complete Edition, is compiled of 200 different CDs, and contains a sub-total of 240 hours of music by Mozart. According to Universal, this is the “most authoritative, complete and scholarly box set ever devoted to the work of a single composer.” Apparently – classical music is the new pop!

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Marvel Launches Hip-Hop-Inspired Comic Book Covers

As part of Marvel Comics’ series of covers inspired by famous hip-hop albums, three new artists are about to join the successful bunch: rappers Jay Z, Kanye West and Vic Mensa. Marvel has already paid homage to the covers of many famous hip-hop albums, and there are more on the way. Up until now, the comic book publisher launched 80 different hip-hop variants, and still counting. What was originally planned to be a limited series, turned out to be a massive hit among hip hop fans – hitting the stands to get copies. The new covers are based on West’s The Life of Pablo, Jay Z’s American Gangster and Mensa’s There’s Alot Going On.

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Amazon Performs Its First Drone Delivery

According to a tweet made by Amazon’s CEO, Jeff Bezos, on Wednesday, the internet company conducted its first commercial delivery by drone last week. The 13-minute drone delivery, which included a Fire TV and a popcorn bag, was delivered to a house near Cambridge, England. According to the company’s publication, the technology is to become a full-on delivery service it intends to provide its customers. The service, called Prime Air, will promise a secure global drone-delivery of packages weighing 5 pounds or less, to be conducted in an incredibly short time-span of up to 30 minutes.



Amazon is an American international electronic commerce company with headquarters in Seattle, Washington. Amazon started as an online bookstore, but soon diversified, selling DVDs, VHSs, CDs, video games, electronics, apparel, furniture, food, toys, and jewelry.


Coca-Cola Launches a Holiday-Edition Bottle with Recording Abilities

Coca-Cola designed an exceptionally-cool Christmas present: bottles with an electronic bottle-cap, able to record a personal message of up to 30 seconds. The recording, branded as a holiday-message for loved ones, will be played when the cap is turned. The special technology was developed by the Spanish technology company, Gigigo. The limited-edition bottles are now available only in two stores in Italy, and will hopefully pose as a pilot for a larger campaign considered by the company for 2017.


Invented in 1886 by John Pemberton, Coca Cola has become a symbolic icon for modernity. The Coca Cola Company was founded in 1892, and is today headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia. The Coca Cola soda empire also owns a wide variety of popular branded beverages, including Vitaminwater, Fuze tea, Minute Maid, and Hi-C.