The profit motive is behind both firms' investment in unmanned aircraft, whatever terms they might couch it in.

This article titled “Why Facebook and Google are buying into drones” was written by John Naughton, for The Observer on Saturday 19th April 2014 23.05 UTC

Back in the bad old days of the cold war, one of the most revered branches of the inexact sciences was Kremlinology. In the west, newspapers, thinktanks and governments retained specialists whose job was to scrutinise every scrap of evidence, gossip and rumour emanating from Moscow in the hope that it would provide some inkling of what the Soviet leadership was up to. Until recently, this particular specialism had apparently gone into terminal decline, but events in Ukraine have led to its urgent reinstatement.

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