News Corp. has an eye in the sky: drones

The embattled News Corp., under fire in a phone tapping scandal, has added a new weapon to its news-gathering arsenal, reports Forbes blogger Kashmir Hill: drones.

The company's news website, The Daily, has sent out an unmanned aircraft on a few occasions, Forbes reports. Footage on The Daily's site of the destruction wrought by strong storms in Alabama earlier this year was captured by a MicroDrone MD4-1000 owned by the company.

But as Hill points out, the use of drones by private companies is a "legally murky" area. Federal Aviation Administration rules say hobbyists can use drones if they don't fly above 400 feet, but nongovernmental civil or commercial use of drones is not to be done "for compensation or hire," Forbes quotes an FAA notice as saying. 

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