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#1 Posted : Tuesday, April 15, 2014 6:49:45 AM(UTC)

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There’s a new battlefront in the tech field, it involves air space and the Internet, and it’s an exciting front. Google and Facebook are forerunners here, and the former just snapped up drone maker Titan Aerospace, which the latter was reportedly interested in buying recently.

Facebook ended up with drone maker Ascenta, and now Google has reportedly secured Titan Aerospace for an undisclosed sum, according to the WSJ. Both purchases are aimed at developing new ways to bring Internet access and related technological perks to areas of the world that don’t already have it, and the Titan purchase would also aid Google in collecting images.

Titan Aerospace Solara
Titan Aerospace's Solara (Credit: Titan Aerospace)

(Whether that means we’ll see Google Maps use that to brilliant effect or that we’ll all be under Google surveillance is up for debate.)

“We’re thrilled to announce that Titan Aerospace is joining Google,” reads an announcement on Titan’s homepage. “It’s still early days for the technology we’re developing, and there are a lot of ways that we think we could help people, whether it’s providing internet connections in remote areas or helping monitor environmental damage like oil s[censored]s and deforestation.”

Titan’s 20-person team will remain at its New Mexico location, and the company will reportedly work closely with Google’s Project Loon group that’s exploring ways of delivering Internet access via balloon.
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#2 Posted : Tuesday, April 15, 2014 5:35:34 PM(UTC)

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Project Loon?

I just hope that all the mega-corporations aren't trying to squash innovation by buying up everything, but I guess that's inevitable.

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#3 Posted : Tuesday, April 15, 2014 9:19:43 PM(UTC)

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That's a valid concern, but at this juncture I think it's more of a "race to the top" sort of thing. And this is not fodder for little startups. It'll take massive resources to make this a reality, and FB and Google are the ones with the resources.

At some point in time, government regulations will likely break up any monopoly issues. Probably.

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