Tesla to investigate exploding car in Shanghai
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Tesla to investigate exploding car in Shanghai

US electric carmaker Tesla said on Monday that it was investigating a video that had gone viral in China that appeared to show one of its cars spontaneously catching fire. “After finding out about this incident in Shanghai,…

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From strict to starry: discovering the original meaning of my German name
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From strict to starry: discovering the original meaning of my German name

This article is available to Members of The Local. Read more Membership Exclusives here. I was no longer Stern – implying serious or strict in English – but Schtern (since the ‘St’ is pronounced as ‘Sch’ at the beginning…

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Germany’s Merkel condemns ‘religious hate and intolerance’ after Sri Lanka  attacks
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Germany’s Merkel condemns ‘religious hate and intolerance’ after Sri Lanka attacks

“It is shocking that people who gathered to celebrate Easter together were consciously targeted in this malicious attack,” Merkel said in a condolence telegram published by a spokeswoman on Twitter. Almost 160 people including dozens of foreigners were…

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AI pioneer Sejnowski says it’s all about the gradient
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AI pioneer Sejnowski says it’s all about the gradient

At the end of the concrete plaza that forms the courtyard of the Salk Institute in La Jolla, California, there is a three-hundred-fifty-foot drop to the Pacific Ocean.  Sometimes people explore that drop from high up in a…

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EU votes to create gigantic biometrics database
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EU votes to create gigantic biometrics database

The European Parliament voted last week to interconnect a series of border-control, migration, and law enforcement systems into a gigantic, biometrics-tracking, searchable database of EU and non-EU citizens. This new database will be known as the Common Identity…

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Huawei 1Q revenue climbs 39 percent amidst US pressure
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Huawei 1Q revenue climbs 39 percent amidst US pressure

Huawei has churned 179.7 billion yuan (US$29.5 billion) in revenue for the first quarter of 2019, up 39 percent from the previous year, and sold 59 million smartphones worldwide. It also inked 40 commercial contracts for 5G with…

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Brazilian tech companies lack gender diversity
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Brazilian tech companies lack gender diversity

Brazilian tech employers are not seen by their female workforce as diversity champions and most feel their current HR strategies are failing to support them, a study says. Some 40 percent of females in the technology sector feel…

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Popular jQuery JavaScript library impacted by prototype pollution flaw
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Popular jQuery JavaScript library impacted by prototype pollution flaw

Image: jQuery team Three years after its last major security bug, the jQuery JavaScript library –used on 74 percent of all internet sites— has received another security patch this week. This security update addresses a rare vulnerability –called…

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Broken Galaxy Fold screens and USB Killer attack remind us not to forget the physical world in the digital age
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Broken Galaxy Fold screens and USB Killer attack remind us not to forget the physical world in the digital age

Getty Images/iStockphoto As companies rush to refashion themselves for the digital age, two news stories from last week remind us why businesses shouldn’t ignore the physical world as they focus on the digital. SPECIAL REPORT Digital Transformation: A…

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Galaxy Fold woes, iPad mini phone, Pixel 3a (MobileTechRoundup show #466)
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Galaxy Fold woes, iPad mini phone, Pixel 3a (MobileTechRoundup show #466)

I was out on a cruise for the past couple of weekends so missed the latest Samsung Galaxy Fold news. Kevin and I started off MobileTechRoundup show #466 talking about the issues we see with the Galaxy Fold.…

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