Russia may release Mikhail Khodorkovsky, the jailed former oil billionaire who was once the country’s richest man, as part of an amnesty this month, according to President Vladimir Putin’s human rights adviser.
With characteristic concern for coolness over commercial viability, Amazon.com Inc. Chief Executive Officer Jeff Bezos unveiled a new kind of delivery vehicle Sunday night. It’s called an octocopter, and it will fly all by itself, attuned to GPS coordinates, dropping off goods at customers’ doorsteps for same-day delivery.
Former U.S. National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden succeeded where President Barack Obama couldn’t -- getting Microsoft Corp., Google Inc. and Yahoo! Inc. to upgrade computer security against hackers.
BitPesa Ltd., a Kenyan start-up, will take on remittance providers like Western Union Co. by using the Bitcoin virtual currency to cut transaction costs for Kenyans working abroad who send home $1.2 billion a year.