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September 25, 2018

IN THE NEWS: COMPANY FINED FOR EMISSIONS CONTROLS DEFEAT CODE

DETROIT (AP) — The government says a Florida company will have to cough up a huge sum for selling computer software that lets cars belch more pollution into the air. The Justice Department and the Environmental Protection Agency says Derive Systems of Florida will have to pay more than $6 million in penalties and repair costs. The government agencies say Derive sold more 363,000 products that violated the Clean Air Act. The software — sold under the SCT and Bully Dog brands — would overwrite automaker programs so that they would disable catalytic converters, particulate filters and other emissions controls.

IN THE NEWS: SIRIUSXM - PANDORA

NEW YORK (AP) — SiriusXM is making a move to get into your home — as well as into your car. The satellite subscription radio company has bought music streaming service Pandora in a deal valued at about $3.5 billion. Industry observers say it appears the deal may work well for both companies. Pandora has faced intense pressure from competitors like Spotify and Apple. A buyout by SiriusXM should help Pandora hold its own against its rivals. And SiriusXM can now tap into Pandora’s mobile strength and give customers the chance to craft their own playlists — or get personalized listening recommendations.

ON THE WEB: WEIGHT WATCHERS TRIMS BACK NAME

CYBERSPACE (AP) — It’s a major trim job for Weight Watchers: it has lost most of its name. It will now be known as simply WW. The company says the name change is to put the focus on overall wellness — not just dieting. For example, its app will offer tips and meditation — and dole out rewards for people who track their meals and exercise. WW says users will see changes in the app, starting next week.

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by Oscar Wells Gabriel II

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