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Lyft hits former COO with confidential data theft accusation

Lyft hits former COO with confidential data theft accusation

In August, Lyft's then-COO Travis VanderZanden left the company for reasons that were never clearly stated. Some time later he was snapped up by competitor Uber, and is now facing a legal challenge from his former employer over accusations of confidential data theft. According to Lyft, VanderZanden downloaded company documents from its Dropbox to his own personal Dropbox, something that came to light after the company had a forensics analysis of his work laptop performed. By keeping the files, Lyft says VanderZanden is violating the company's Confidentiality Agreement.

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Ford recalls more cars over steering, airbag and other issues

Ford recalls more cars over steering, airbag and other issues

Ford has recalled an eclectic array of vehicles for numerous issues, something not to be mistaken with the auto maker's relatively recent recall over axle problems. In this case, approximately 202,000 vehicles have been recalled -- many of them fairly old model years -- over a total of five problems: airbags potentially failing to deploy, possible steering loss, risk of fuel leaks, engine stalling, and troubles that could lead to brake light issues. Model years under the recall span from 2005 to 2015.

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Tesla plans simpler Model S range to tackle EV bottleneck

Tesla plans simpler Model S range to tackle EV bottleneck

Tesla plans to cut down on the number of options and variations it offers with the Model S in an attempt to trim complexity and cut down on production delays, as the company announces revenues up 55-percent year-on-year for the most recent quarter. Quarterly deliveries for Q3 2014 were actually at their highest ever, at 7,785 cars, with Tesla making as many as 907 deliveries in a single day. However, the electric car firm was again hamstrung by production bottlenecks, unable to meet demand.

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Tesla Model X pushed to latter half of 2015

Tesla Model X pushed to latter half of 2015

This week during Tesla Motors' Third Quarter 2014 shareholder announcements they made a push for their newest Model X. Alpha prototypes of the Model X are being tested. Initial Beta prototypes are being built. Making way for the production of the Model X in full, Tesla decided to built in significantly more validation testing time compared to tests of the Model S. According to Tesla, "In anticipation of this effort, we now expect Model X deliveries to start in Q3 of 2015, a few months later than previously expected."

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Ken Block’s 1965 Mustang packs AWD and 845hp

Ken Block’s 1965 Mustang packs AWD and 845hp

Ken Block is set to unveil one of the wildest classic Mustangs ever built at SEMA. The car is Block's 1965 Ford Mustang and about the only thing it has in common with your typical classic Mustang is the shape of the body, and even that is thoroughly tweaked. The Stang has all-wheel drive, which is something no Mustang has ever rolled out of the factory featuring. Block plans to drive the tires off the car in Gymkhana 7.

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Toyota Tundra “Tim Love Edition” sports grill, PS4, and 3 TVs

Toyota Tundra “Tim Love Edition” sports grill, PS4, and 3 TVs

Toyota will show off quite the concept truck at the Specialty Equipment Market Association Show, more commonly referred to as SEMA. It is the Toyota Tundra Tim Love Edition, named such for the collaboration with celebrity chef Tim Love and the related Divine 1 Customs, and it packs into it the embodiment of both work and play. Said Toyota's Steve Appelbaum recently, "This ingenious build highlights why the Tundra is the truck of choice for so many hard-working Americans." Did we mention the three TVs?

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2015 Mustang gets 600HP+ supercharger boost

2015 Mustang gets 600HP+ supercharger boost

If there's one thing we didn't doubt about the 2015 Ford Mustang when we drove it in September it was its power, but since there's probably no such thing as too many horses, now there's an officially-sanctioned supercharger upgrade for the muscle car. Co-developed by Ford Racing and notorious pony-fettlers Roush Performance, the kit pushes the 2015 Mustang GT to 600 HP and beyond, without necessarily blowing away your warranty in the process. Since the best proof of success is a crazy show-car, meanwhile, Ford Racing cooked up the King Cobra, an eye-catching display car for SEMA 2014.

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Ducati gets smart systems and an inflatable jacket

Ducati gets smart systems and an inflatable jacket

Three new innovations have been revealed by Ducati this week. Two of them are new motorcycles, the third is a jacket. The most powerful of these is the Ducati 1299 Panigale, the slightly more "pedestrian" model is the Multistrada 1200, and the Ducati D|air Street Jacket/Vest. While you might be all about speed and power, Ducati is making a big-time push for safety, starting with the Panigale - dynamic suspension that adjusts based on your position - no more flips for you. Just so long as you know what you're doing, of course.

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Self-healing maps could solve autonomous cars’ big problem

Self-healing maps could solve autonomous cars’ big problem

Nokia's HERE team is working toward a self-healing mapping system for autonomous cars, tackling the thorny issue of rapidly out-of-date navigation data by giving self-driving vehicles the intelligence to cook up their own HD maps. With cold water liberally poured on Google's self-driving cars recently given the relatively minimal area within which they can roam, questions have been raised over just how practical such vehicles might be given the constantly evolving road network. According to HERE's ambitious scheme, though, the fleet of smart cars itself is the key to keeping the data clean.

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Hyundai and Kia to pay record fine for overstating mpg

Hyundai and Kia to pay record fine for overstating mpg

Two major automakers in the US, Hyundai and Kia, fell afoul of the government when it was discovered that they were overstating mileage estimates on some of their cars back in 2012. The two automakers have now agreed to a settlement with the US EPA, the Department of Justice, and the California Air Resources Board ending the investigation into fuel mileage claims against the automakers. The two automakers will pay an additional fine of $350 million.

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