Day: February 13, 2021

Mercedes recalling more than 1 million vehicles over emergency-call tech issue

Mercedes-Benz USA is recalling 1.29 million vehicles because of a failure in its eCall software which may not provide a vehicle’s correct location to emergency responders after a crash, Car and Driver reported. The recall covers vehicles sold from model years 2016 to 2021 and includes CLA-Class, GLA-Class, GLE-Class, GLS-Class, SLC-Class, A-Class, GT-Class, C-Class, E-Class, …

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Elon Musk Could Face SEC Investigation Over Tesla’s Bitcoin Buy, Lawyers Warn

<div class=”featured_image_container”> </div> <strong>The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) could investigate Elon Musk over Tesla’s $1.5 billion bitcoin purchase, some legal experts have warned, including a former SEC enforcement officer. Given the timing of Tesla’s bitcoin purchase and Musk’s multiple tweets on the subject, some say that the SEC will look into the matter.</strong> …

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Trump acquitted in second impeachment trial as 7 Republicans vote guilty – CNET

James Martin/CNET <p class=”speakableTextP1″>The US Senate voted Saturday to <span class=”link” section=”shortcodeLink”><a href=”https://www.cnet.com/how-to/trump-acquitted-in-lightning-fast-impeachment-trial-what-did-trump-say-what-happens-next/”>acquit former President Donald Trump</a></span>&nbsp;on an impeachment charge of incitement of insurrection, bringing&nbsp;<span class=”link” section=”shortcodeLink”><a href=”https://www.cnet.com/how-to/impeachment-trial-how-to-watch-live-speeches-after-trumps-acquittal/”>Trump’s second impeachment trial</a></span>&nbsp;to a close. The vote came after a five-day proceeding in which arguments focused on whether Trump incited&nbsp;<span class=”link” section=”shortcodeLink”><a href=”https://www.cnet.com/news/mob-storms-capitol-as-facebook-twitter-roles-come-under-fire/”>the attack on the US …

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Can banks be their own bank? Deutsche Bank, BNY Mellon plan custody services

As multiple banks prepare crypto custody services, holders now have to flip an old Bitcoin saying on its head: are the banks prepared to be their own (and others’) bank?  Last week BNY Mellon, the oldest bank in the United States, announced they would be providing custody solutions, ceding to pressure from institutional investors. Likewise, …

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China refused to hand over key data to WHO team probing pandemic’s origin

Enlarge / Liang Wannian (2nd L) and Peter Ben Embarek (3rd R) both members of the WHO-China joint study team, shake hands after the WHO-China joint study press conference in Wuhan, central China’s Hubei Province, Feb. 9, 2021. Getty | Xinhua News Agency The Chinese government failed to share key data on early COVID-19 cases …

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Google updates its iOS YouTube app, the first update to one of its major iOS apps since December

Google has provided a bug fix to its iOS YouTube app, the first update to a major Google iOS app since December, 9to5Google reports. Although there’s been speculation that the reason for the lack of updates to iOS versions of Gmail, Docs, Search, and Photos is an attempt to avoid Apple’s new privacy labels, Google …

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Hubble researchers find a gaggle of small black holes

Larger black holes may be the usual attention-getters, but the smaller ones may be at least as important. A team using the Hubble Space Telescope has discovered a concentration of small black holes in the NGC 6397 globular star cluster (pictured above) 7,800 light-years away — the first to have its mass and extent recorded. …

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Go read this New York Times report on SlateStarCodex and Silicon Valley tech leaders

Last year, the pseudonymous writer behind the SlateStarCodex blog abruptly shut it down, claiming a forthcoming story from The New York Times was going to reveal his real name and potentially put him in danger. Reporter Cade Metz says he was able to easily find the blogger’s real name —Scott Siskind— online. After a farewell …

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Clubhouse is tightening security to address China spying fears

Clubhouse has been garnering hype through its high-profile discussions and a drop-in approach to audio chat, but there are also concerns the Chinese government might eavesdrop on nationals who got the app before it was banned in the country. The developers are promising to protect those users who got through, however. Alpha Exploration told Stanford’s …

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