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Facebook may be closing in on dream drone deal

Facebook may be getting closer to its goal to make the internet accessible to the entire planet. Media reports say its in talks to buy solar powered drone maker Titan Aerospace for $60 million. The so-called "atmospheric satellites"could beam internet signals around the world. Titan CEO Vern Raburn woundn't comment on any deal, but told Reuters Titan has flown a scaled down prototype of the plane. Commercial operations are scheduled for 2015. The concept is similar to Google's Project Loon- aiming at using solar powered air balloons to beam the internet to remote regoins. CNET's Lindsey Turrentine : SOUNDBITE: LINDSEY TURRENTINE , EDITOR-IN-CHIEF, CNET (ENGLISH) SAYING "It may be a little bit of a race. It's sort of an interesting time, right? There are 5 billion people in the world who don't really have reliable internet access. That is plenty of people to reach out to. But one would think that the first internet connectivity a person meets f

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