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UK closes loophole that allowed using your phone while driving

monkeybusinessimages via Getty Images The UK is about to make it clear that you shouldn’t grab your phone while you’re driving — regardless of what you intend to do. The government is closing a legal loophole (via BBC) that allowed people to pick up their phones while driving as long as they weren’t calling or …

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Tesla camera hack shows how your EV might monitor driving habits

REUTERS/Mike Blake Elon Musk said the driver-facing camera in Tesla cars was to monitor future robotaxi service, but a sleuth suggests the company might be open to checking human drivers as well. Code investigator Green says they’ve found (via Electrek) the in-cabin activities Tesla’s camera is looking for. They appear to revolve around signs of …

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Russia offers its untested COVID-19 vaccine for free to UN officials

Enlarge / Russian President Vladimir Putin address the 75th session of the United Nations General Assembly, via teleconference call, in Moscow on September 22, 2020. Getty | MIKHAIL KLIMENTYEV Some United Nations staff are likely brushing up on their Russian—specifically how to say “Thanks, but no thanks” in the nicest way possible. On Tuesday, Russian …

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Tesla’s Model 3 under investigation in South Korean safety probe

Engadget South Korea has launched a safety probe into Tesla, focusing on braking and steering systems including Autopilot, according to Reuters. The transport ministry is specifically looking at the the Model 3 in an investigation that could take from six months to a year, according to Reuters’ sources. The news casts a bit of a …

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Toxic hand sanitizers have blinded and killed adults and children, FDA warns

Enlarge Getty Images | Jena Ardell Adults and children in the United States have been blinded, hospitalized, and, in some cases, even died after drinking hand sanitizers contaminated with the extremely toxic alcohol methanol, the Food and Drug Administration reports. In an updated safety warning, the agency identified five more brands of hand sanitizer that …

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Amazon workers sue over alleged failure to follow COVID-19 guidelines

Sponsored Links ANGELA WEISS/AFP via Getty Images Amazon is facing more scrutiny over its handling of COVID-19 at its warehouses. Workers at the internet retailer’s Staten Island warehouse have filed a lawsuit (via CNBC) accusing the company of failing to follow CDC and New York state public health guidelines for the new coronavirus, not to …

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Amazon accused of fighting efforts to track COVID-19 in Wisconsin facilities

Sponsored Links ANGELA WEISS/AFP via Getty Images Amazon may be improving safety measures in warehouses to protect against COVID-19, but it’s also accused of being less than forthcoming with vital data. The health officer for Kenosha County in Wisconsin, Jen Freiheit, told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (via Gizmodo) that Amazon was uncooperative with public staff …

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Amazon will start reopening French warehouses on May 19th

Sponsored Links PHILIPPE LOPEZ/AFP via Getty Images Amazon’s French warehouses are close to reopening roughly a month after they closed. The internet retailer said it planned a gradual reopening starting on May 19th as it came close to reaching a deal with French unions and work councils on safety measures to protect against COVID-19. It’s …

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