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Inside Drones (Feb 6th, 2019)

1. In the days leading up to the Super Bowl, authorities confiscated six drones that flew near the stadium. The FAA restricted drone flights around the stadium for several days before Sunday's game. Six drones were caught flying closer to the stadium than the temporary flight restrictions permitted, the FBI in Atlanta said. According to Drone Life, agencies also deployed two tethered drones above the stadium to oversee crowds and help respond to emergencies. “This is one of the first times drones have been used to secure a large, tier 1 event,” said Matt Sloane, CEO of Skyfire, which helped deploy the drones. - DRONE LIFE

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2. A newly approved patent shows how Amazon could make drone deliveries in the future. According to the patent, drones could be programmed to spot certain landmarks in the yard or driveway of customers. If something is blocking the delivery, the drone could direct an alert to be sent to the customer's mobile device. In addition, the system would use a tether or a parachute to drop the packages while it speaks to the recipient. “Two-way communication may be beneficial for verifying a potential recipient’s identity, for posing questions to a potential recipient or to other human users, and for providing instructions to a potential recipient or other users,” the patent says. - GEEKWIRE

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3. A bill that would allow Florida law enforcement officers to use drones is making its way through the state legislature. HB 75, sponsored by Rep. Clay Yarborough, a Jacksonville Republican, passed through a House of Representatives committee on Wednesday. If adopted into law, it would allow police and other first responders to use drones to control crowds at public events, collect evidence, and oversee traffic accidents. While police agencies have expressed their support, the American Civil Liberties Union said it's concerned that drones could help officials circumvent judicial warrant requirements. - WMFE

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4. It was hard to miss Intel's drone light show during the Super Bowl halftime show. The company deployed 150 of its Shooting Star drones over Sunday's crowd as part of a choreographed performance to spread a message of LOVE. Check out this minute-long video about the production on YouTube!

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5. A court sentenced a British man to five years in prison for trying to fly a drone carrying contraband into a prison. - BBC

6. Drones may be the answer to challenges at vineyards, from steep slopes to harsh weather conditions. Moreso, they may ease labor shortage issues, experts say. - GROWING PRODUCE

7. A newly proposed state bill would ban people from flying drones near prisons in Missouri. - NEWS-PRESS NOW

8. Scientists used a drone to collect spray from the blowholes of humpback whales at sea. The fluids are analyzed to help track the whale's health. - AAWSAT

9. A drone disrupted flights at New Zealand's Queenstown Airport this week. The pilot was not found. - ODT

10. The fixed-wing commercial drone company Delair launched an AI-driven platform that automatically analyzes drone data. - VENTURE BEAT

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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) 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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