Say you're a technology company with a new $19-billion mobile-messaging toy and a hankering to bring the Internet to the developing world. What do you buy next? A drone manufacturer, apparently.
TechCrunch reports that Facebook is in talks to buy Titan Aerospace, a company that makes solar-powered drones, for $60 million. By arming drones with satellites instead of missiles, you can bring Internet access to parts of the world that don't have it. Only about 34 percent of the world is online; according to TechCrunch, Facebook is looking to Africa, where just more than 15 percent of the population is connected.