Google takes to the skies with acquisition of drone-maker Titan

Search engine giant Google continued its expansion into emerging sectors of the technology market with the announcement that it will purchase Titan Aerospace, a startup manufacturer of solar-powered drones that have the capacity for years of uninterrupted flight. The move -- which pits Google against Facebook in the quest for a stake in the drone economy -- is part of a pioneering effort to use unmanned aircraft to beam wireless Internet to underserved areas and is also expected to boost the mapping capabilities of Google's Maps division, Nick Statt writes.

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