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Inside Drones (Jan 23rd, 2019)

1. Drone sightings forced the temporary shutdown of air traffic at New Jersey's Newark Liberty International Airport, one of the busiest airports in the U.S. An FAA spokesman said crews spotted two drones flying near Teterboro Airport, about 20 miles north of Newark International, on Tuesday evening, which prompted a shutdown of arriving flights at Newark. Some passengers reported circling in their planes for awhile before landing. One passenger, Brett Sosnik, tweeted that it's "Time to come up with technology to remotely shut down these drones." In the past two months, flights were halted at London’s Heathrow and Gatwick airports due to drone sightings. - REUTERS

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2. Amazon has started delivering packages with its sidewalk drone. The Amazon Scout, a six-wheeled grounded device, began the deliveries on Wednesday to people in a neighborhood of Snohomish County, Washington, which is just north of Seattle. According to Amazon, the drones "are the size of a small cooler and roll along sidewalks at a walking pace." The autonomous robots will deliver packages during daylight hours on weekdays with the help of an Amazon employee, the company said. - ARS TECHNICA

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3. Boeing's air-taxi drone made its first flight in Virginia on Tuesday. The electric-powered, autonomous vehicle can land and take off vertically, transitioning to horizontal flying once it reaches altitude. According to Boeing, the 30-foot-long, 28-foot-wide drone made its inaugural flight on Tuesday in Manassas, Va. “These vehicles are going to start flying around in the next few years,” Greg Hyslop, Boeing’s chief technology officer, said at an air show in July 2018. “I don’t think we’re talking decades.” - DRONE DJ

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4. New drone footage shows a pod of dolphins swimming down a river in England. Earlier this week, Facebook user Lewis Huddy posted the video showing the dolphins swimming down the River Plym in Plymouth. “It’s not every day you get to experience these amazing dolphins on the way to work….especially this close!" he wrote. More dolphins have been reported in the Plymouth area in recent years. - ITV

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5. A global technology center joined forces with with the government of Indian state Maharashtra to explore using drones in the country.

6. Aviation experts predict that recent drone disruptions at Newark and London airports will become more and more common.

7. A drone mapping expert weighed in on the new firmware update for DJI's Phantom 4 RTK.

8. In a new online video, drone expert Trent Palmer explains the differences between big and little drones.

9. A drone captured bird's-eye views of a recent snowstorm in Vermont. You can watch the video here.

10. Proposed rules on drone use are currently under review in Singapore. The rules could include a mandatory online training program and tighter requirements for heavier drones.

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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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