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  • Samsung vice president sentenced to jail over union-busting, Korean media reports December 13, 2019
    iStock(SEOUL, South Korea) -- A vice president at Samsung Electronics was sentenced to a 16-month jail term in Seoul for his involvement in attempting to break up a labor union, according to local reports on Friday.Kang Kyung-hoon, an executive at South Korea's biggest company, was handed the sentence from the Seoul Central District Court for […]
  • Ford recalls more than 500K pickups over post-crash interior fire risk December 13, 2019
    iStock(DETROIT) -- Ford Motor Company announced a recall Friday of more than 500,000 pickup trucks over concerns that the carpet flooring could catch fire after a crash.The recall is centered on certain 2017-19 models of its Super Duty SuperCrew vehicles, according to Ford, the second largest automaker in the United States.In the affected trucks, the […]
  • How BMW grew South Carolina peach orchards into a car capital December 13, 2019
    BMW(GREER, S.C.) -- German automaker BMW took a chance 27 years ago when it purchased 900 acres of peach orchards in rural Greer, South Carolina.The once-booming area had collapsed along with the textile industry. Cheaper manufacturing overseas forced longtime mills to shutter and thousands of workers lost their jobs.Few locals had heard of the automotive […]
  • Old Navy, Postmates partner up for fast holiday delivery December 12, 2019
    iStock(NEW YORK) -- Holiday shopping just got easier with Old Navy and Postmates latest partnership.The companies have teamed up this month for an on-demand shopping service, and customers who use Old Navy's "Buy Online, Pickup In-Store" feature will reap all the benefits of avoiding heavy traffic and crowded lines.When customers receive their "Ready for Pickup" […]
  • Ring security camera hacks see homeowners subjected to racial abuse, ransom demands December 12, 2019
    ABC News(NEW YORK) -- Multiple U.S. families have reported incidents of Ring camera systems being hacked in recent days, raising questions as to whether the systems are allowing hackers access to people's homes, without ever having to set foot inside.Owners of Ring security cameras in Mississippi, Georgia, Florida and Texas have reported incidents where hackers […]
  • Ugly holiday sweater can get passengers priority boarding on Alaska Airlines December 12, 2019
    Alaska Airlines(NEW YORK) -- Alaska Airlines is encouraging travelers to get dressed in holiday gear for National Ugly Sweater Day.The one-day only promotion will give guests who wear any kind of holiday sweater priority boarding on Dec. 20, according to the airline's press release."We know holiday travel can be stressful for some, which is why […]
  • Couple says stranger hacked into bedroom Ring security camera December 12, 2019
    Dustin Brantley(ATLANTA) -- A couple in Georgia said they were terrified recently when a stranger hacked into their Ring security camera set up in their bedroom.The couple, who asked not to be identified, said they'd bought and installed a camera three weeks ago, so they could watch their puppy, Beau, while they were at work. […]
  • New owner of genealogy website GEDmatch vows to protect users from search warrants December 12, 2019
    iStock(NEW YORK) -- The new owners of GEDmatch, a third-party genealogy site that's helped investigators crack cases using DNA, have vowed to protect users' privacy by fighting against police search warrants.Verogen, Inc., the California-based forensic genomics company that recently bought GEDmatch, announced this week that it would ensure ongoing privacy protections remain in place.In May, […]
  • First All-Electric Plane Takes Flight in Canada December 11, 2019
    Courtesy of Harbour Air (VANCOUVER, British Columbia) -- Harbour Air, a seaplane company based in Vancouver, completed the first successful test flight of what they claim will be the world's first all-electric powered commercial airplane on Tuesday.The ePlane, a retrofitted six-passenger DHC-2 de Havilland Beaver, is powered by a 750-horsepower (560 kW) magni500 propulsion system […]
  • Three arrested for alleged $722 million cryptocurrency 'Ponzi scheme' targeting 'dumb' investors December 11, 2019
    D-Keine/iStock(Los Angeles) -- Three people were arrested -- and two more remain at large -- for involvement in an alleged "high-tech Ponzi scheme" that defrauded $722 million out of investors using the "complex world of cryptocurrency," according to federal authorities.The alleged scheme includes a trail of evidence indicating they were targeting "dumb" investors and "building […]