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Submission + - Volkswagen: $10.2 billion settlement for emissions lawsuit

Khashishi writes: Slashdot has been following the story of Volkswagen manipulating diesel emissions tests for some time now. The control software contained algorithms which reduced emissions during testing but not during normal driving. Well, now Volkswagen has agreed to pay $10.2 billion to settle the case. This is higher than the $430 million damages estimated in this story. It appears that vehicle owners will have the choice of fixing their cars or selling them back. Most of the money will go towards fixing the cars, buying them back, and compensating owners.

Submission + - Google patents pedestrian glue for cars (usatoday.com)

Khashishi writes: Google was awarded a patent for putting a strong glue on the front of cars as a safety measure for pedestrians hit by cars. The glue keeps pedestrians from bouncing off and making "secondary collisions" with the ground or other cars. I'm not sure how it will affect aerodynamics or how it will deal with dirt.
Security

Submission + - Hackers steal 2 million tonnes of EU carbon credit (physorg.com)

Khashishi writes: Taking advantage of the lax security systems in place, hackers stole some 475000 European Union carbon Allowances on 10 Jan through a variety of phishing attacks. The European Commission has closed the trading on 19 Jan, until at least 26 Jan, in order to beef up security measures. Is it a political statement, or just greed, that drove this act?
Patents

Submission + - Elan sues Apple over touchscreen patents (reuters.com)

Khashishi writes: "TAIPEI (Reuters) — Taiwan chip designer Elan Microelectronics is suing Apple in the United States for what is says is infringement of two of its touchscreen technology patents by the MacBook, iPhone and iPod Touch."
Censorship

Submission + - Giuliani predicts deadly earthquake, censored (nytimes.com) 2

Khashishi writes: Seismologist Giampaolo Giuliani claims to have predicted the deadly earthquake in L'Aquila, Italy, that killed at least 92 people. His attempts at warning the public were reported to the authorities and his warnings were censored to prevent public panic.

It must be noted that accurate earthquake prediction is not well-established within the science community, so what is the government's proper response?

Censorship

Submission + - Supreme Court to rule on TV censorship (latimes.com)

Khashishi writes: LA times and Associated Press report that the FCC v. Fox Television Stations case is being heard in the Supreme Court. The FCC policy would impose a heavy fine on use of "indecent" words on broadcast television, which Fox and others are claiming is a violation of free speech. The case was appealed after being ruled in Fox's favor in a federal appeals court in New York. Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. and Justice Antonin Scalia support the FCC policy of censorship.

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