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10 September 2015

In this recurring column, we highlight a few items we've run across that don't merit a full story of their own but are interesting enough to bring to your attention (with more than 140 characters). This time we look at vetoed drone legislation, personal style, Live Photos and National Geographic.

  • California Gov. Jerry Brown has vetoed legislation to restrict the flying of drones over private property because it would expose pilots "to burdensome litigation and new causes of action." The National Press Photographers Assn. had opposed the bill because, it argued, news photographers might be sued if their drones flew over private property while "gathering newsworthy information at a different nearby location."
  • In Recognizability, uniqueness, creativity and style, Ming Thein reflects on his evolving personal work, complete with photo essay. "Perhaps what they say about the journey being the purpose is true: I'm not there yet, but I know I'm on the way," he concludes.
  • Derrick Story gives a hands-on peek at exactly what Live Photos looks like. "It's a small thing, until you think about the type of pictures many of us are capturing with our smart phones," he says. And he wants it.
  • National Geographic gives Fox control of media assets in $725 million deal, as the Washington Post phrased it. To us, who can recall rows of the yellow-spined volumes lining shelves in garages through the suburbs, it seems more like it's had to move into assisted living. And we know how that ends.

More to come...

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