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San Francisco declared coronavirus state of emergency as a precaution

San Francisco declared coronavirus state of emergency as a precaution

San Francisco has declared a state of emergency over the ongoing novel coronavirus outbreak, but that doesn't mean quite what you think it does. The declaration was made in anticipation of future troubles related to the virus, not due to a present outbreak in the region, the city's mayor noted during a press conference on Tuesday. San Francisco is the latest region in California to declare a state of emergency over this outbreak.

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Tesla’s Autopilot and NHTSA’s investigations just got blasted by the NTSB

Tesla’s Autopilot and NHTSA’s investigations just got blasted by the NTSB

The NTSB has slammed Tesla for failing to respond to Autopilot safety concerns, as well as criticizing the NHTSA for insufficiently investigating crashes involving the electric cars. While many industry-watchers had expected the National Transportation Safety Board to take a pessimistic stance on advanced driver assistance technologies at its hearing today, the extent of the board's criticisms came as a surprise.

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Uber’s latest feature lets riders discreetly complain about drivers

Uber’s latest feature lets riders discreetly complain about drivers

Uber has introduced another safety feature, this one designed to let riders betray their drivers by discreetly reporting small disturbances that don't warrant a larger report. If your driver sends a message while driving, doesn't seem like they're paying enough attention to the road, brakes too hard, or other potential safety issues, you can now report them using this tool.

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China coronavirus “surge” was a change in counting method [UPDATE]

China coronavirus “surge” was a change in counting method [UPDATE]

Yesterday reports suggested that there was a relative "surge" of cases of infection and death at the hands of novel coronavirus COVID-19. This news originated in the Hubei province of China, where government health authorities made the mistake of announcing new cases and deaths without taking proper care to specify why their numbers appeared to explode compared to their otherwise most recent report. It's not so much an explosion of cases, but a modification of the way in which said cases are counted.

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Mobile World Congress 2020 cancelled: Coronavirus halts global tech conference [UPDATE]

Mobile World Congress 2020 cancelled: Coronavirus halts global tech conference [UPDATE]

After a wide array of cancellations of attendance from major companies for the worldwide tech conference, Mobile World Congress 2020 was cancelled outright. This was announced by the GSMA just says after a large announcement of enhanced measures made for the safety of all involved by companies still attending. "The GSMA knows that the Coronavirus has created disruption, in particular for exhibitors and attendees from around the world, including the 5-6,000 (5-6%) who have historically attended from China," wrote a GSMA representative. "Our sympathy goes to all those affected."

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Safer Internet Day 2020: The dos and don’ts of online safety for kids

Safer Internet Day 2020: The dos and don’ts of online safety for kids

The internet's seemingly boundless creativity may be what keeps so many of us engaged, but for parents that same Wild West spirit can present a challenge when it comes to making sure kids grow up to be adept online citizens. While it's a conversation that should be an ongoing one, with today being Safer Internet Day 2020 it's a good opportunity for confused parents and carers to broach the topic of staying safe online.

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Is your smart home secure? Philips Hue Smart Bulb hack says no

Is your smart home secure? Philips Hue Smart Bulb hack says no

Security researchers proved this week that worries about the vulnerabilities of the future Internet-Of-Everything smart home were well founded. They've shown that a hack into a Philips Hue smart lighting system would allow them access to the smart hub at the center of a smart home. With this hack, malware could be implanted, and chaos could ensue.

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Coronavirus fake news is everywhere: Now sites say they’re pushing back

Coronavirus fake news is everywhere: Now sites say they’re pushing back

Misinformation and attention-seeking nonsense is appearing on social networks as coronavirus is declared a public health emergency worldwide. Social media brands like Facebook, Google, Twitter, and others are in the process of enacting crack-downs on the spread of health-threatening and/or public safety-threatening coronavirus-centric information that's false or otherwise unverified. One way the networks have begun to do this is to attach notes to pages with hashtags, or as Facebook calls them, "pop-ups with credible information."

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New Interior Department rule will target drones made in China

New Interior Department rule will target drones made in China

The Interior Department will issue a new rule grounding its China-made drones tomorrow, according to a new report. The restriction would only allow drones made in China or that feature Chinese components to be operated in emergency situations including natural disasters. This move follows the Interior Department's grounding of its drone fleet in late 2019 over security concerns.

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Boeing 737 Max won’t fly again until mid-2020, production halted

Boeing 737 Max won’t fly again until mid-2020, production halted

It may have been its best-selling model but the 737 Max could now become the plane that destroys Boeing. The plane has been grounded for almost a year now and it seems it will take more than a year before it can spread its wings again. But even if it finally gets the green light, Boeing might have some trouble restarting its pipelines now that it has put the production of the problematic plane on hold.

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Boeing finds yet another 737 MAX software issue

Boeing finds yet another 737 MAX software issue

Boeing has discovered another software issue with its 737 MAX aircraft that will need to be fixed before the planes can return to the sky. The company confirmed the glitch late last week, according to a recent report, which claims that this problem may impact the plane's ability to verify that its systems are ready for flight. Boeing is working with the FAA on getting this fix through the pipeline.

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Tesla owners demand “sudden unintended acceleration” investigation

Tesla owners demand “sudden unintended acceleration” investigation

US driving safety regulators is considering an investigation into claims of unexpected acceleration in Tesla's EVs, the NHTSA has confirmed, after owners complained that their electric cars could suddenly speed up. Although the petition covers reports from 123 different cars, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that it could affect 500,000 vehicles in total.

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