A European championship football match between Serbia and Albania is abandoned after a drone carrying a political message sparks clashes.

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The $200 Anura was created by a New York photographer, and its four rotors fold up into its own body when not in use.

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Reddit, faced with an unappealing advertising system and the Silicon Valley-specific problem of being hella popular but still losing money, made its pitch to to let content creators post their own content directly to specific subreddits.The problem with its latest pitch, however, is that it’s still not appealing to anyone, really. A post made last week by Reddit advertising administrator Kristine Smith, known on the site as KrispyKrackers, said that the site wants to make “a platform that can make reddit work for content creators,” meaning it wants to let brands, news outlets, and presumably small business owners to post their own content—for a fee.People have been doing this forever, on their own, for free, and often sketchily. But it’s strictly against reddit’s rules to submit links that only come from your own website

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The US Air Force’s mini robotic space plane, called the X-37B, is reportedly coming home today after spending 22 months orbiting Earth. The question today, as it was when it launched is, what the heck was it doing up there?If you haven’t heard of it, the X-37B looks exactly like NASA’s retired space shuttles, except it’s about one third the size, and it’s unmanned. Its mission is completely classified, which has led to plenty of conspiracy theories and speculation about the plane’s possible use as a space weapon or something of that sort.The only information the Air Force has ever volunteered about the Boeing-made vehicle’s mission is that it’s testing “reusable spacecraft technologies for America’s future in space and operating experiments which can be returned to, and examined, on Earth.”So, umm, we’re not learning all that much there

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Although drones have gained popularity in the UK in recent years, regulation doesnt seem to have caught up just yet. Now critics have suggested that we may need new legislation on drone use, and especially around the data UAVs can collect.Yesterday afternoon, the House of Lords EU Sub-Committee asked representatives from the Department of Transport and the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills about the UK’s current regulation around civilian drone use. A sample question on the agenda asked about the balance between stricter legislation and business interests: The UK is already adhering to strict regulations—could further regulation end up hampering its future competitiveness? The full transcript will be released by the end of this week.But both in the UK and Europe, some feel a more pressing drone issue concerns the data government-piloted UAVs can harvest, and what that means for privacy

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