Given the need to reform the war on drugs policy and the money that is to be made once cannabis is regulated I'd say these investors are betting on a sure thing.
Hope the article isn't behind a paywall.
-- Killer robots, AI and the path to stranded IT assets - http://ftalphaville.ft.com/2015/07/29/2135533/killer-robots-ai-and-the-path-to-stranded-it-assets/
-- Emi Gal: Romania must overcome risk aversion to become a tech hub - http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/d477377c-fd67-11e4-9e96-00144feabdc0.html
Not to mention that it helps Amazon forge relationships with entrepreneurs and might even back some of these companies if it would bolster their profitability in the long term.
It's not the first time that Amazon has made overtures towards the startup community in recent months since it launched a store specifically for crowdfunding successes back in March. Launchpad, by comparison, is designed for even younger firms, and will accept signups from businesses that are up to three months away from being able to launch their first product. In addition, once the first consignment of devices arrive at an Amazon fulfillment center, they'll be enrolled into the Prime program for fast shipping. For inventors who would otherwise struggle to get their creations out to the world, Launchpad seems like an ideal solution although, for now, you have to apply and hope that the company's moderators approve of your idea.
And avast describes a workaround to protect yourself by disabling MMS:
-- How Estonia set the pace on the way to digital government - http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/7459bdd4-fd66-11e4-9e96-00144feabdc0.html
It would ship this december, though I hear international shipping is quite steep.
Would be nice to see Farnell having this on offer (and Conrad in Germany).
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