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    Alphabet is killing off its solar drone project /Link

    Back in 2014 Google (now Alphabet) bought Titan Aerospace, a company specializing in solar-powered drones that could fly at high altitudes for long periods of time. The goal was to offer internet access to rural areas that lacked connectivity by beaming it down from on high. In that way it was similar to another moon shot, Project Loon, and to Facebook’s Aquila.

    Today, however, Alphabet confirmed to Business Insider that it was ending its exploration of solar-powered drones. The news, first reported by 9to5Google, is another in a string of setbacks for X, formerly X Labs, the incubator for wild ideas that has suffered under the strict financial discipline being imposed by Alphabet and its CFO, Ruth Porat. Bloomberg offered a rundown of...

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    (@)Ben Popper

    Published on 11 Jan 2017 at 08:03PM

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