Silicon Beach Roundup June 22: FAA Announces Drone Filming RulesWednesday, June 22, 2016
FAA Announces Drone Filming Rules
The Federal Aviation Administration has announced new rules for the use of drones weighing less than 55 pounds in filming, reports the Hollywood Reporter. Some of the rules specific that a person flying a drone for commercial use must be at least 16 years old, have a remote pilot certificate with a small unmanned aircraft system-rating, and must keep the drone within a visual line of sight.
Tetra Tech Wins $45 Million Contract
Engineering services firm Tetra Tech of Pasadena, in a joint venture with consulting firm Mead & Hunt, has been awarded a $45 million contract by the National Guard Bureau, according to a press release. The company will provide architectural and engineering design services for a variety of projects to the National Guard.
EHarmony Names Product Chief
Online dating company eHarmony of West Los Angeles has hired Ken Walker as its chief product officer, according to a press release. Walker was previously chief product officer of ZipRecruiter of Santa Monica, an online job board.
Ad Hoc Labs Launches Bot for Telling Off Bad Dates
Ad Hoc Labs of Los Feliz, which makes anonymous phone number app Burner, has launched a bot called Ghostbot to automatically discourage unwanted dates from texting, reports The Guardian. The software program automatically responds to unwanted advances by declining further conversation with missives such as “I’m sorry, I’m traveling and reception is spotty at best.”
High Times Expands Offices to Los Angeles
Weed-enthusiast magazine High Times of New York is opening an office in Los Angeles to grow its digital media and sales operations, reports the Wrap. As part of the expansion, the company will launch a daily “Weed to Know” newsletter for the latest marijuana news, an updated mobile website, and additional video content.