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Droning on about drones

Posted by: Jim Buchta under Architecture, Buying Updated: April 17, 2014 - 4:03 PM
In this photo taken on Friday, March 7, 2014 and provided by Foxfire Realty, Jonathan Collins, right, and Paul Grist, test-fly Foxfire Realty’s new camera-equipped drone at the West Virginia State Fairgrounds in Lewisburg, W.Va. The drone, named Chopper Foxfire, carries a high-resolution Go-Pro camera capable of taking high-definition video and still photos. (AP Photo/Foxfire Realty)

In this photo taken on Friday, March 7, 2014 and provided by Foxfire Realty, Jonathan Collins, right, and Paul Grist, test-fly Foxfire Realty’s new camera-equipped drone at the West Virginia State Fairgrounds in Lewisburg, W.Va. The drone, named Chopper Foxfire, carries a high-resolution Go-Pro camera capable of taking high-definition video and still photos. (AP Photo/Foxfire Realty)

If you read my Sunday story about the rising - and controversial - use of drones to help sell real estate, you might be interested in a couple tidbits on the topic:

  1. There was a gathering in Thief River Falls on Tuesday aimed at further the conversation about how to make Northwest Minnesota a drone hotspot, or a drone technology center. Here's the story from my colleague, Adam Belz.
  2. A recent item in the Wall Street Journal, and on a tech-focused website called TechCrunch, says that Google has acquired Titan Aerospace, a drone startup that makes high-flying robots that was previously scoped by Facebook as a potential acquisition target.
  3. To counter the many misconceptions and misinformation about regulations related to unmanned aircraft system (aka drones,) the FAA recently released a new fact sheet that includes what it says are common myths and the corresponding facts.

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