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Amazon says testing delivery by drone

Online retailer Amazon.com is testing package delivery using drones, the company's CEO Jeff Bezos told CBS television program "60 Minutes" late Sunday.

Amazon.com is testing out the viability of drone delivery for small packages.
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Amazon.com is testing out the viability of drone delivery for small packages.

Bezos said the drones – unmanned vehicles that can fly through the air – could deliver packages that weigh up to five pounds or 2.3 kilograms, media reported.

According to Bezos, the drones could be in operation within four or five years.

(Read more: Amazon enjoying a holiday edge over physical shops)

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Drones are often associated with military use. For instance drones have been used by the U.S. military to shoot missiles at enemy targets in countries such as Afghanistan and Pakistan.

(Read more: Start-Ups, Investors Bet on Drone Economy )

The interview with Bezos sparked a flurry of comments on Twitter. Here are some:

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