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How Will Drone Registration Work in the US | Crunch Report

August 11, 2019


Google is now a mortgage broker in California,
the FAA says you gotta register your drone, these Star Wars trailers won’t quit spoiling
the movie, and more… It’s Monday November 23rd, and this is Crunch
Report. Google is now a licensed mortgage broker in
the state of California. After announcing the product earlier this year, the company
partnered with Zillow and LendingTree to launch a mortgage comparison tool for people looking
to buy a home in the sunshine state, and it says support for more states is coming soon.
This is an actual commercial product, based on a flexible cost-per-lead (CPL) model. The
tool launches under Google’s ‘Compare’ brand, which also has an auto insurance comparison
tool. Google already offers a similar mortgage service in the UK. It’s pretty basic really
– Google Compare walks you through ZIP codes, home prices, down payments, how long you plan
to live in the house, like a 30-year mortgage, etc, and then recommends a lender based on
all your preferences, plus fees associated with the loan. At that point, you can request
a callback right from Google’s site (using an anonymous number, so your contact info
isn’t shared with the lender). Earlier this month, the Federal Aviation Administration
– or FAA – put a task force together to make sense of how a drone registration service
would work in the US. That task force published its report today, and it seems that, yes,
soon, you WILL have to register your drone before you’re allowed to fly it, if your
drone weighs more than 250 grams (or about 9 ounces)… which most camera drones do.
The task force also says registration itself, which should be free, should happen through
a website or app, and the registration data should be made available to third parties
through an API. One registration number should also cover all the drones owned by one person,
even non-citizens, as long as the registrant is 13 years or older. Registration doesn’t
have to happen at the point of sale, but does have to happen before a drone starts flying.
The FAA and the Department of Transportation will now review these all these recommendations
and turn them into rules, supposedly before Christmas. WordPress.com, which is the fully hosted version
of WordPress, just got a colossally big update. Codenamed Calypso up until now, WordPress.com
is now fully separated from the WordPress core, and sits on an admin interface that
interacts with the WordPress core just like any other third-party interface and app would.
The stack has also switched from PHP and MySQL to JavaScript and API calls, so now, when
you go to the website, the server offers a fully working WordPress client that mostly
runs in your browser, and works better on your phone and tablet. If you’re happy with
how WordPress.com works now, think of it as one more option if you’re using a hosted WordPress.com
blog, a self-hosted WordPress with the Jetpack plugin or, like TechCrunch, a WordPress VIP
site. Oh, and a new Mac app too, with Windows and Linux apps in the works. If you don’t
use WordPress this is still going to affect you…because consider that 25% of the web
today runs on WordPress… that’s a wide reach. Good news, Android developers…Google just
launched version 2.0 of its Android Studio integrated development environment (or IDE)..
for you non-devs, that’s what they use to write Android apps. Android Studio is based
on IntelliJ and launched back in 2013 with a code editor, code analysis tools, emulators
for all of Google’s Android platforms, pretty much everything. With this update, Google’s
made deployment speeds a lot faster, up to 2.5x. And a new feature called Instant Run
lets developers build and deploy their apps once and then change their code and deploy
to see the changes in the running app. It’s sort of like writing HTML, where you write
your code, reload your browser and see what changed. Google’s also offering new emulators
that should run faster than any physical device, and certain trigger actions like firing up
the camera will be snappier too with a rebuilt interface. In case you weren’t watching last night’s
horrific peek into the demise of modern music, also known the American music awards, you
might have missed the latest Star Wars Episode VII teaser that aired during the show. Which
makes me wonder if Disney might as well want to just show us the whole damn movie before
opening day, but that’s just me. If you did masochistically watch the The American Music
Awards, you’ll know that the show itself.. a show about music.. also featured a full
scene clip from the movie, and then featured an a Capella group called Penta-tonix singing
the famous Star Wars score on stage. Cool and weird. Cool and weird. So if you’re keeping
score, we’ve now received several trailers on the ABC network, a new Star Wars video
game, and a BB-8 droid toy made by Sphero. Oh, and a record for most advanced theater
tickets ever sold. And we still have a few more weeks to go. No big deal. That’s the report for today. I’m Sarah
Lane. Crunch Report airs every weekday at 7 pm Eastern,
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  1. So if the FAA is enforcing registration on drones… what about visitors to the US like me who could potentially bring one with me ? Would I need to register even though I'd just be visiting the US ? Any ideas Sarah ?

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