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May 2, 2019

IN THE NEWS: LAWSUIT FILED OVER FATAL TESLA CRASH

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — The family of a software engineer who died after his Tesla SUV crashed on a Northern California highway has sued the automaker. The lawsuit claims the autopilot navigation system on the Tesla caused the crash on Highway 101 that killed Walter Huang near Mountain View in Silicon Valley last year. The family’s attorney says the suit is being filed to prevent “this tragedy from happening to other drivers using Tesla vehicles.” Huang’s widow and his family have also sued the state’s Department of Transportation for not maintaining the highway.

IN THE NEWS: FACEBOOK - OCULUS

SAN JOSE, California (AP) — Last fall, Facebook unveiled plans to release a virtual reality headset. Now, it is starting to unveil details about the project, including a release date. The new Oculus Quest will be available starting May 21. Facebook also says there will be an important change for the original model, the $399 Rift. The new one, called Rift S, will have the same price tag — but won’t require that a user be tethered to a high-priced personal computer. Facebook has been trying to nudge people into getting hooked on virtual reality since buying Oculus five years ago. However, it has had little success so far.

ON THE WEB: BLUE APRON STOCK LOSING VALUE

CYBERSPACE (AP) — At one point, it seemed to be the future when it came to home preparation of upscale meals. But now, Blue Apron is close to having its share prices crater so low, it might be dropped from the New York Stock Exchange. Shares of Blue Apron are nearing $1. The cook-your-own meal kit firm says its customer count has dropped 30% from this time last year. Total orders fell 29% in the first quarter, compared to last year. These days, Blue Apron is trying to focus on customers who are more likely to remain loyal — and spend more per meal. To grow its market share, Blue Apron has begun selling kits through Jet.com — owned by Walmart — and is teaming up with Weight Watchers.

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by Oscar Wells Gabriel II

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