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Last Update on July 31, 2015 07:07 GMT

IN THE NEWS: BUSINESSMAN FINDS PHONE AFTER IT FALLS OUT OF PLANE

WICHITA FALLS, Texas (AP) -- A Texas businessman is thanking his technological stars for helping him find his iPhone after it fell out of a plane during a flight from Houston. The Wichita Falls Times Record News says Ben Wilson's cellphone still works -- despite the 9,300-foot drop. Wilson says he was flying home Monday when a pressure change in the plane caused the passenger door to open slightly. Wilson didn't realize his phone fell out until after the plane landed. He used the find my phone app to track the iPhone to a field about 50 miles away -- where it was found under a tree.

IN THE NEWS: FACEBOOK DRONES

MENLO PARK, California (AP) -- Facebook is dipping its wings into the drone field. The social networking company says it will begin test flights later this year of a solar-powered drone. It's part of an effort to deliver Internet service to remote parts of the world. The drones will have a wingspan of 140 feet -- about the same as a Boeing 737 -- and weigh less than 1,000 pounds. The drones will use lasers to send Internet signals to stations on the ground. Facebook rival Google is experimenting with high-altitude balloons and satellites in a program that has similar goals of providing Internet access.

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