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U.S. senator slams Tesla’s ‘misleading’ name for Autopilot driver assistance system

By David Shepardson WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A U.S. senator on Friday urged Tesla Inc <TSLA.O> to rebrand its driver assistance system Autopilot, saying it has “an inherently misleading name” and is subject to potentially dangerous misuse. But Tesla said in a letter that it had taken steps to ensure driver engagement with the system and […]

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Explainer: Bezos allegations put phone hacking technology in the spotlight

By Raphael Satter WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Allegations that Amazon.com boss and Washington Post owner Jeff Bezos had his phone hacked by Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman have put a spotlight on the security of smartphones and the secretive tools used to hack them. Smartphones are effectively pocket-sized computers that run apps on operating systems […]

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Head on a pike? Republican senators object after Schiff cites impeachment threat

By Jeff Mason WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Representative Adam Schiff, making his closing argument in the impeachment trial of U.S. President Donald Trump on Friday, seemed to have the Senate chamber more or less rapt, with lawmakers listening respectfully, whether they agreed with his arguments or not. Then the Democratic congressman mentioned a CBS News report […]

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Sanders touts controversial comedian’s 2020 support, sparking criticism

By Amanda Becker WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders’ decision to highlight an unofficial endorsement from Joe Rogan drew criticism on Friday due to the comedian’s brand of humor that some see as dismissive of issues like equal pay and transgender rights. The online flap comes as Sanders, a U.S. senator from […]

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Democrats warn at impeachment trial that Trump will abuse his office again if not removed

By Susan Cornwell and David Morgan WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Democratic lawmakers concluded their opening arguments in Republican President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial in the U.S. Senate on Friday with a warning that he was a threat to democracy and would abuse his power again if he is not removed from office. On the third and […]

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Starbucks shuts shops, suspends delivery in China’s Hubei amid virus outbreak

BEIJING (Reuters) – Starbucks <SBUX.O> has closed all shops and suspended delivery services in China’s Hubei province for the week-long Lunar New Year holiday, where a coronavirus outbreak originated from its capital Wuhan has caused 41 deaths in China. Starbucks said on Saturday that the move is out of “health concerns” for its customers and […]

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Trump increases tariffs on derivative steel, aluminum products from some countries

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump on Friday signed a proclamation increasing tariffs on derivative steel products by an additional 25 percent and boosting duties on derivative aluminum products by an additional 10 percent. Trump said Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Mexico and South Korea are exempt from the additional tariffs on derivative steel products, […]