Remember when balloons were something fun you got at a birthday party or an amusement park.

Now they are something a giant tech company wants to use to provide internet access to rural areas around the world. That giant tech company is Google, the balloons are called Project Loon, and thanks to a recent breakthrough, that goal of providing internet connectivity to rural areas is more achievable than ever. 

In IT Blogwatch, we search for a signal.

So what is going on? And what exactly is Project Loon? Richard Nieva has some background:

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