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Inside Drones (Jan 22nd, 2019)

1. The e-commerce company JD.com used a drone to transport books and backpacks to students in Indonesia. On Tuesday, China's largest retailer announced that it had completed its first government-sanctioned drone delivery in the island country. On Jan. 8, a drone carried school supplies across more than 150 miles to students living in Bandung, the fourth-largest city in Indonesia. JD has already performed drone deliveries in China over the last two years. - TECHCRUNCH

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2. Bogotá, Colombia recently purchased five drones for surveillance and air support operations. The city's Metropolitan Police will operate two modern Command and Air Control Units, which are equipped with the drones, at an initial cost of roughly $600,000. Mayor Enrique Peñalosa said the acquisition isn't related to a recent bomb attack that killed 20 cadets at the Escuela de Cadetes General Santander. The drones "can be used to track drug dens and clarify emergency situations across the city," he clarified. - THE CITY PAPER

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3. A drone came within 65 feet of a large jet that was descending into London's Heathrow Airport last July. The U.K. Airprox Board (UKAB) said the pilot of an Airbus A380 saw a "large commercial drone" fly near the plane, which was at an altitude of 3,400 feet. According to the board, the drone was "endangering other aircraft" and posed the highest risk of collision. Details continue to emerge about 18 recent near misses between drones and other aircraft in England. - SKY NEWS

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4. Police in Lincolnshire, England, deployed a drone to track down people suspected of illegal hare coursing. The sport involves the use of greyhounds and other dogs to track hares by their scent. Lincolnshire Police deployed a drone to follow nine suspects, who were arrested for trying to "take part in suspected hare-coursing at Holbeach St Matthew," according to police. Ireland's Civil Defence has 60 trained drone pilots. - AGRILAND

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5. IE published an article covering nine of the most effective technologies for taking down rogue drones.

6. EasyJet, a British low-cost carrier airline, called the recent Gatwick drone scare a "wake-up call" for airports.

7. Another drone was allegedly spotted at the Leicester Racecourse in England over the weekend. Officials are concerned that drone pilots are using images from their flights to gain an unfair advantage in race betting.

8. DJI, the world's largest drone manufacturer, has upgraded its support program for the Mavic 2 Enterprise Zoom, Mavic 2 Enterprise Dual, or Phantom 4 RTK drones. The plan for business customers now includes basic repair and replacement coverage for a year.

9. An app known as Drone Shark can monitor beach waters for sharks. Creator Jason Iggleden recently spoke about the app's offerings with The Guardian Australia.

10. Oregon-based FLIR Systems will provide its Black Hornet 3 nano-unmanned drone to the French Armed Forces. The French Defense Procurement Agency recently awarded an $89 million contract to the drone startup.

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Written and curated by Beth Duckett in Orange County. Beth is a former reporter for The Arizona Republic who has written for USA Today, Get Out magazine, and other publications. Follow her tweets about breaking news in southern California here. Editing team: Lon Harris (editor-in-chief at Inside.com, game-master at Screen Junkies), Krystle Vermes (Breaking news editor at Inside, B2B marketing news reporter, host of the "All Day Paranormal" podcast), and Susmita Baral (editor at Inside, recent bylines in NatGeo, Teen Vogue, and Quartz. Runs the biggest mac and cheese account on Instagram).

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