Rise of the Drones

Drones Are the Hot New Frontier For Top Law Firms

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At the rate we’re going, drones are going to be a part of everything. Forget wedding photography and earth-porn GoPro videos — major real estate firms, agriculture companies and delivery giants are looking at small fleets of quadcopters for the future of their business. Unfortunately, no one understands exactly how to do that right now without running afoul of the Federal Aviation Administration.

This week, massive international law firm Hunton & Williams opened their “Unmanned Aircraft Systems Integration Unit,” which is basically a small legal task force for helping Hunton’s clients — which include titanic institutions in energy and finance — deal with slowly incorporating drones into the way they do business. Hunton clients have been coming to them often enough to ask for advice that they need to dedicate full-time resources to drone-specific issues. Read More

Rise of the Drones

Amazon Is Hiring Drone Pilots For Their Delivery Service

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Every college graduate has poured through entry level job listings that ask for “5+ years experience” and wondered, probably aloud and to his or her nagging family, “How is anyone supposed to get experience if every job already requires experience?” Listen, consider yourself lucky — consider how that conversation goes for drone pilots, whose entire industry didn’t even exist five years ago.

Amazon has open job listings for a “Flight Operations Engineer” who would be based in Cambridge, England. In the truly meaningless fashion of job boards, the job requires “5+ years of relevant aviation experience.” Read More

Rise of the Drones

The FAA Says Drone Laws Will Be Ready by the End of the Year

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Back in 2012, when it was becoming clear that the sky would someday be filled with little quadcopters delivering our packages and peaking in our windows, Congress told the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) that they had to get it together and have a plan for drone legislation ready by September 15, 2015.

It turns out, we may find out what the FAA has in store in the next month or two. FAA official Jim Williams said during an annual program review that by the end of the year, we’ll finally get a glimpse at FAA’s master plan for how drones will be regulated and controlled in American airspace. Read More

indie-gobble

Throw Your Money at These Bizarre Thanksgiving Crowfunding Campaigns

Not as innocent as it seems. (Kickstarter)

Thanksgiving is all about remembering the things in life you’re grateful for, and also about eating an ungodly amount of food. But besides all the turkey, stuffing, and sentimental speeches about how much you love your dear, wonderful family, you know what Thanksgiving is also about? Some really weird Kickstarter and Indiegogo campaigns, apparently.

For your entertainment — and perhaps your confusion and disgust, depending on the project — here are some fascinating Thanksgiving-themed crowdfunding campaigns. Read More

Beef in the Crowdfunding Game

Could This Holograph Projector Be the Next Great Indiegogo Scam?

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Take a quick browse through successful crowdfunded projects, and you feel like you’re getting a glimpse of the future. Oculus VR. Rocketskates. Hoverboards. It’s Star Wars, Back to the Future and every other futuristic fantasy come true. But every once in a while, that glimpse ends up being a total mirage.

On Indiegogo, a campaign called Bleen has raised some red flags among its backers who are starting to think that the bleary claims made by its elusive founders are starting to sound like total bullshit. Bleen is a projector that creates 3D holographic movie displays and comes in the shape of a small egg, the design of which is meant to evoke the sculpture of Jeff Koons and the “neogeometrical abstractions” of a Sarah Morris painting. Read More

Legal Matters

Groupon Concedes Defeat in Battle to Use GNOME Foundation’s Name

It doesn't even look like a good product. (Groupon)

After numerous conversations and a threat of legal action from the GNOME Foundation, Groupon has finally decided to find a new name for the goofy-looking tablet-based platform for merchants it launched in May.

“Groupon has agreed to change its Gnome product name to resolve the GNOME Foundation’s concerns,” a joint announcement said. “Groupon is now abandoning all of its 28 pending trademark applications. The parties are working together on a mutually acceptable solution, a process that has already begun.” Read More