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Amazon focuses on phones and drones

By Laurie Bennett

June 19, 2014 at 11:03am

Amazon is taking to the air in more ways than one.

On Wednesday, the company unveiled its first smart phone, designed to boost product sales and increase its knowledge about consumer location and spending habits.

Last week, Akin Gump, one of Washington’s most powerful lobby shops, registered as the lobbyist for both Amazon and Amazon Prime Air, its plan for delivery using drones.

The company wants to use unmanned aerial vehicles to provide customers with 30-minute delivery.

One of the Akin Gump lobbyists helping to make a federal case for the strategy is Ed Pagano, former deputy assistant to President Obama.

The lobby firm also happens to represent drone manufacturers Boeing and Honeywell.

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