Paul Walker’s daughter sues Porsche over alleged fatal Carrera GT design flaws

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The daughter of Paul Walker—one of the stars of the Fast and Furious franchise—is suing Porsche for wrongful death, reports CNN. Meadow Rain Walker is alleging that the car Walker and his friend were driving at the time of his fatal crash—a 2005 Carrera GT—had multiple design flaws.

The Carrera GT is Porsche’s mid-2000s hypercar. It emerged from Porsche’s stillborn Le Mans Prototype program, complete with a carbon fiber chassis and naturally aspirated V10 engine. Compared to its rival, the Ferrari Enzo, the Carrera GT is viewed as the last analog hypercar, with a proper manual gearbox and a minimum of driver aids. The car does have traction control, but according to CNN, Walker’s daughter’s lawyer says it should have been fitted with electronic stability control, stiffer reinforcement bars in the doors, and better fuel lines.

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Google announces the Nexus 6P and 5X, shipping in October

Google officially showed off the Nexus 6P and Nexus 5X smartphones at its event in San Francisco on Tuesday.

As was rumored, the Nexus 6P, built by Huawei, features a 5.7-inch AMOLED screen and an all-metal build that includes “the best camera we’ve ever put in a Nexus phone,” according to Vice President of Engineering Dave Burke.

The Nexus 6P screen comes with a 2560-by-1440 resolution. Other details include a Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 processor (version 2.1), 3GB of RAM, and is available with 32GB, 64GB, and 128GB storage options.

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Volkswagen says it has a plan to fix vehicles embroiled in emissions scandal

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Late Monday, Volkswagen Group’s new CEO, Matthias Müller, told a group of about 1,000 managers at Volkswagen headquarters that the company had a plan to refit vehicles involved in the company’s recent emissions scandal.

According to The Wall Street Journal, Müller said that a special team spent the weekend coming up with a “comprehensive action plan” to deal with the fallout from the US Environmental Protection Agency’s discovery that Volkswagen Group had been fitting its diesel vehicles with software to game emissions tests. The software would fully engage the emissions control system during laboratory testing and reduce the effectiveness of the system when the car was operating under normal driving conditions, spewing nitrogen oxide at levels far above federal limits in the US.

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Study: Racially charged hate crimes go up as broadband expands

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Does online hate speech ripple into the real world in the form of offline hate crimes? A study scheduled to publish in the next issue of MIS Quarterly sought to answer this question. Its authors say that their results show a strong correlation between increased rates of racially motivated hate crimes and areas that saw significant increases in broadband access.

The study, conducted by researchers at the University of Minnesota and NYU’s Stern School of Business, determined that depending on the year in question, every 65 percent increase in broadband in a given American county correlated with an uptick in racially charged hate crimes that ranged from 70 to 270 percent.

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