This week on the GeekWire radio show and podcast: The FAA deals Amazon’s drone ambitions a setback with its new rules for commercial operation of unmanned aerial vehicles. The rules limit flights to the visual line of sight of the operator, prohibit flights over people not involved in the drone operation, and mandate that no pilot can operate more than one drone at a time.
Although commercial operators can apply for exceptions, the rules as written are a blow to the Seattle-based e-commerce giant’s plans to deliver packages via drone in its home country. On this week’s show, we discuss what they might do next.
Meanwhile, you’ll never guess how much Facebook is paying Russell Wilson as part of a broader campaign to encourage celebrities and big media brands to use the Facebook Live video feature to connect with their fans.
Plus, highlights from GeekWire’s interview with Sir Tim Berners-Lee, the inventor of the web, who was in Seattle recently for the world premiere of a new documentary film, foreveryone.net. We talk with Berners-Lee and Academy Award-winning filmmaker Jessica Yu, director of the documentary, about the film and the fight for the web’s future.
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