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TMZ denies seeking drone

(POLITICO) TMZ, the Hollywood gossip site, is denying a report that it is seeking a drone from the Federal Aviation Administration in order to track celebrities.

The San Francisco Chronicle reported this weekend that the FAA “has been flooded with applications from police departments, universities, private corporations and even the celebrity gossip site TMZ, all seeking to use drones that range from devices the size of a hummingbird to full-size aircraft like those used by the U.S. military to target al Qaeda operatives in Pakistan and elsewhere.”

“Paparazzi are already using small drones on the Riviera to shoot photos of celebrities in otherwise hard-to-access areas,” the Chronicle reported, though TMZ does not yet have a permit, according to the FAA.