Snap is reportedly in talks to buy maker of selfie drone

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Is Snap interested in snapping up the maker of the Hover Camera?

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Snap may finally land a drone[1] of its own. The company behind the ephemeral-messaging app is in acquisition talks with drone maker Zero Zero Robotics[2], The Information[3] reported Tuesday. Zero Zero Robotics is best known for creating the selfie-centric Hover Camera[4] Passport, a £500 compact, foldable flying camera that sports facial recognition and gesture control features.

The company inked a deal[5] with Apple[6] in April to have the Passport available exclusively on Apple.com and in Apple stores[7]. A purchase price wasn’t discussed, but the Beijing-based company said in 2016 it had raised £25 million[8] in funding from investors such as IDG, GSR Ventures, ZhenFund and ZUIG, among others. Formerly known as Snapchat[9], the company turned heads last year when it rebranded itself as Snap and released candy-colored camera glasses.

Earlier this year, it was reported the company was working on creating its own drone[10], which could be used to funnel overhead Snaps in to a Snapchat user’s feed. Snap declined to comment on the report, while Zero Zero Robotics didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment. Intolerance on the Internet: Online abuse is as old as the internet and it’s only getting worse.

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References

  1. ^ drone (www.cnet.com)
  2. ^ Robotics (www.cnet.com)
  3. ^ The Information (www.theinformation.com)
  4. ^ Hover Camera (www.cnet.com)
  5. ^ inked a deal (www.cnet.com)
  6. ^ Apple (www.cnet.com)
  7. ^ Apple.com and in Apple stores (gethover.com)
  8. ^ raised £25 million (www.prnewswire.com)
  9. ^ Snapchat (www.cnet.com)
  10. ^ creating its own drone (www.cnet.com)
  11. ^ Intolerance on the Internet (www.cnet.com)
  12. ^ The Smartest Stuff (www.cnet.com)

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