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Zuckerberg details plans to use drones to blanket Earth with high-speed Internet

Mark Zuckerberg took to his personal Facebook page to detail plans to utilize drones, satellites and lasers to “deliver Internet to everyone.” “Our team has many of the world’s leading experts in aerospace and communications technology, including from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab and Ames Research Center,” Zuckerberg wrote. “Today we are also bringing on key members of… Read More

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Drone pilot who beat FAA regs is skeptical about Amazon drone delivery

Amazon’s plans for a Prime Air drone delivery service captured the imagination of people who want their packages delivered by small, flying robots, but drone entrepreneur Raphael Pirker is skeptical that they’ll become a reality, at least in the near future. Pirker, the CEO of drone manufacturer TBS Avionics, told the Wall Street Journal that small drones… Read More

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Teledesic 2.0? Facebook looking to buy solar-powered drone maker Titan to deliver Internet access from the skies

Craig McCaw’s Teledesic raised hundreds of millions of dollars in the 1990s to build low-orbiting satellites that could deliver high-speed Internet to those below. The idea fizzled, despite the involvement of the likes of Boeing and Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates. But the concept remains alive, at least in a less expensive form, in a New… Read More

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GeekWire Radio: Amazon Drones, Artefact’s ‘Juice Box,’ a beautiful app and a classic console challenge

We’re getting very futuristic on this week’s GeekWire radio show — starting with our thoughts on Amazon’s surprising “Prime Air” delivery drones project. Then we get the inside story of Artefact’s “Juice Box,” a new energy storage design concept for the developing world, created to the specifications of Bill Gates as part of a feature… Read More

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Eric Schmidt says consumers shouldn’t have drones, even though Google wants to use them

In an interview with the Guardian, Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt said that consumers shouldn’t be able to keep drones for their personal use, because of potential problems they might cause. “You’re having a dispute with your neighbor,” he said. “How would you feel if your neighbor went over and bought a commercial observation drone… Read More

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Video: Protestors hijack Seattle police meeting on new aerial drone program

Well, this didn’t turn out the way The Seattle Police Department had hoped. Speaking at the Garfield Community Center Thursday night about a new unmanned aerial vehicle program, Assistant Chief Paul McDonagh was continuously interrupted by angry protesters who called the department “murderers,” “fascists” and questioned whether it should have the authority to operate drones… Read More

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Drones over Seattle? Police to discuss unmanned aerial vehicle plan with residents

While they aren’t going to fly over buildings and fry computers with microwaves, drones managed by the City of Seattle may help during rescue missions, disaster responses and traffic accidents. The Seattle Police Department will host a Q&A with the community Thursday night at 6 p.m. at Garfield Community Center to discuss the drones and receive… Read More