Even before the US entered the latest iteration of the War on Terror against the Islamic State, the brooding civil war in Iraq was already a social media war. Whether it was ISIS militants posting beheading images or kittens strewn across firearms, Twitter and YouTube have been considered assets that reach beyond the Iraqi and Syrian battlefields.In fact, almost as soon as the US started firing Tomahawk missiles at ISIS, American Central Command (CENTCOM) was posting YouTube videos of onboard the battleships lobbing those missiles on terrorists in Iraq. There was also the laughable State Department social media account, “Think Again Turn Away,” showcasing the barbarity of ISIS by trolling Terrorist Twitter and posting alame video.These practises havent slowed down, either, especially as American bombings escalate

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Facebook has posted three new job vacancies for its drone team. It’s seeking avionics, thermal, power systems and control engineers to work on the aircraft project.
The company was already advertising for three drone-related job openings – looking for both technicians and engineers – in its London office.
The UK is becoming quite a hub for tech companies pushing into unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) research. Amazon began recruiting to expand its Prime Air delivery drone research team last week

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You might’ve seen a mistletoe-toting drone (sponsored by TGI Friday’s) pop up in your Facebook feed this week. This idea is both dumb and unoriginal. Some maker-types deployed a mistletoe drone in San Francisco last year. That was cute . This is a marketing stunt

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Last weekend, Mashable and Street Dreams Magazine opened up Coney Island’s Luna Park for our second #MashMeet. We wanted to give our community exclusive access to a famous park in its off-season, and we’re so glad we did.
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From mid-afternoon to sundown, we made portraits, chased light and collaborated with Instagram’s finest artists. Creativity was off the charts — using their smartphones, DSLRs, film and instant cameras, photographers found the most unique angles to shoot the same space.
Film director Joe Cavallini made an incredible video to recap the day

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This post follows “An Illustrated History of the Drone,” Mashable’s first animated mini-documentary about the history of drone technology.
On Nov. 20, we hosted a Google Hangout with Peter W. Singer, top-notch strategist and senior fellow at the New America Foundation in Washington D.C

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Attorney Danny Cevallos explains a few of the legal questions surrounding civilian drones.

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A string of drone sightings this week by airline pilots flying into John F. Kennedy International Airport highlights aviation risks posed by the increasingly popular unmanned aircraft.

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BBC Click looks at some of the week’s technology highlights.

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In a wide-ranging ruling earlier this week, the National Transportation Safety Board asserted that drones are indeed aircraft, not toys. But a reveler at an open-air cumbia concert in Peru has his own analysis.As he tried to enjoy the music and, perhaps, look for his friends, he saw a drone buzzing above and behind the crowd. Clearly, he hadnt got the memo about the NTSB decision, because in his analysis, the drone was actually a flying fishat least, according to comments by YouTubers who claimed to be on the scene. Whether or not he did in fact believe the drone was a flying fish, or some other kind of flying animal, or if indeed he was following the FAAs definition, it clearly messed up his groove

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This discussion follows “An Illustrated History of the Drone,” Mashable’s first animated mini-documentary about the history of drone technology, published Nov. 19, 2014.
The drone age is here — and as daunting, eerie or futuristic as it may seem, it’s nothing short of reality
On Nov. 19, we published an in-depth, animated look at the history of drones. The big questions we asked: Where did this phenomenon start? And what does it mean for the future of war, security, real estate — everything?
In a Google Hangout on Nov

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