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US opens investigation into fatal Tesla crash

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In this edition of the Worldwide Wrap, a fatal accident in which the driver of a Tesla Model S car was killed has prompted an investigation.

US opens investigation into fatal Tesla crash

A fatal accident in which the driver of a Tesla Motors Model S car operating in Autopilot mode was killed in a collision with a truck has prompted an investigation by federal highway safety regulators, the US government and Tesla disclosed on Thursday.

The investigation of the first known fatality to involve a Model S operating on Autopilot comes as Tesla and other automakers are gearing up to offer systems that allow vehicles to pilot themselves under certain conditions across a wide range of vehicles over the next several years.
Via: Daily Mail

Oracle must pay HP $3bn

Oracle was ordered by a jury to pay $3 billion after finding that billionaire Larry Ellison and his company failed to comply with a 2012 court order to support software for Hewlett-Packard's once-promising Itanium chip.

The verdict ends a federal court trial in San Jose over a conflict between the companies stemming from Oracle's decision to bail out of a pact to develop software for the chip.
Via: Mercury News

Google patents 'sticky car'

Google has patented a sticky coating for driverless cars that could reduce damage done to pedestrians in the event of a collision.

People struck by the vehicle would become glued to its bonnet, rather than being thrown off and further injured.
Via: BBC

Man sues Apple

A businessman has filed a $10 billion lawsuit against Apple, claiming that the iPhone, iPad and iPod all infringe his 1992 invention of an Electronic Reading Device, or ERD.

Thomas Ross, from Miramar in Florida, told the Guardian that he knows he is fighting a goliath. "I am just one person going up against the resources and power of Apple, the biggest corporation in the world. But what's right is right."
Via: The Guardian

Flaws in Symantec products

Much of the product line from security firm Symantec contains a raft of vulnerabilities that expose millions of consumers, small businesses, and large organisations to self-replicating attacks that take complete control of their computers, a researcher warned Tuesday.

"These vulnerabilities are as bad as it gets," Tavis Ormandy, a researcher with Google's Project Zero, wrote in a blog post.
Via: Arstechnica

Oculus CEO's Twitter account hacked

An apparent hacker has used the Twitter account of the CEO and co-founder of Oculus to announce a new head of the company.

Screengrabs on tech blogs of tweets posted on Oculus chief Brendan Iribe's account by the alleged hacker show him announcing a little-followed Twitter user as the company's new CEO.
Via: The Wall Street Journal

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