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FACEBOOK DRONE TAKES FLIGHT

As Google works to expand the Internet with its own flying drones and high-altitude balloons, Facebook is fashioning all sorts of contraptions to spread online access far and wide, including new wireless antennas, lasers, and satellites. In the process, both companies are furthering their own ends. If they expand the Internet’s reach, they expand the reach of Google and Facebook. But they’re also helping the world communicate, which is why this short flight over the Arizona dedert is so important. By Facebook’s estimates, about 1.6 billion people live in areas that don’t offer mobile broadband.

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