Austria, Carmakers Agree To Update Software of 600,000 Diesel Cars

An anonymous reader shares a report: Austria’s Transport Minister Joerg Leichtfried said on Tuesday he had agreed with carmakers to update the software of 600,000 diesel cars to reduce pollution following a similar deal struck in Germany after a large-scale emissions scandal. Leichtfried said the deal also included extra payments to buyers of more environmentally friendly cars. He said that for potential buyers of electric cars all available financial help…

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Let Consumers Sue Companies

Richard Cordray, the director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, writes: When a data breach at Home Depot in 2014 led to losses for banks nationwide, a group of banks filed a class-action lawsuit seeking compensation. Companies have the choice of taking legal action together. Yet consumers are frequently blocked from exercising the same legal right when they believe that companies have wronged them. That’s because many contracts for products…

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AccuWeather iOS app sends user’s location info to data monetization firm, even with location sharing turned off (Zack Whittaker/ZDNet)

Zack Whittaker / ZDNet: AccuWeather iOS app sends user’s location info to data monetization firm, even with location sharing turned off  —  A security researcher has found that the popular weather app sends private location data without the user’s explicit permission to a firm designed to monetize user locations. Source: http://www.techmeme.com

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Estonia Proposes Estcoin, a Government Backed Cryptocurrency, Issued Via an Initial Coin Offering After e-Residency Success

Estonia is living up to its digital reputation and setting tongues wagging with its latest idea: its very own digital currency issued via an initial coin offering (ICO). From a report: The buzz word of the moment in the heady world of cyptocurrencies, ICOs, are being used to raise cash via a digital token that’s issued to investors. What investors get back in return depends what the company offers, much…

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Trump, Adams, and the Unnecessary Actor

I just finished listening to Sam Harris and Scott Adams debate politics on Sam’s podcast. The topic was Adams’ support of Trump, which has basically been unwavering since around last August when he started predicting that he’d win the election. His argument is that Trump is a master persuader, and that everything he’s doing is calculated and thought out for the purpose of influencing people and achieving his goals. The…

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