Liz Gannes

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Next Up for Google X, Airborne Wind Turbines: Google Acquires Makani Power

Google has acquired Makani Power, which makes wind turbines that fly like kites, for its Google X unit, Bloomberg Businessweek reported and Makani confirmed. Google had previously invested directly in the company, which said it “completed the first ever autonomous all-modes flight with our Wing 7 prototype last week.”

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Just as the atom bomb was the weapon that was supposed to render war obsolete, the Internet seems like capitalism’s ultimate feat of self-destructive genius, an economic doomsday device rendering it impossible for anyone to ever make a profit off anything again. It’s especially hopeless for those whose work is easily digitized and accessed free of charge.

— Author Tim Kreider on not getting paid for one’s work