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February 26, 2019

IN THE NEWS: TESLA MODEL S DRIVER KILLED IN CRASH

DAVIE, Fla. (AP) — There has been another fatal crash involving a Tesla vehicle. The driver of a Tesla Model S was killed when his car crashed near Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and erupted in flames. Witnesses told police in Davie, Florida that the car was traveling between 75 and 90 miles per hour Sunday afternoon when it left the road for some unknown reason. The driver over-corrected and the car slid across three lanes and into some trees in the median. A police officer arrived almost right away — but was unable to rescue the driver before the car was engulfed in flames. The crash remains under investigation. Tesla says in a statement that it is deeply saddened by the crash and is cooperating with police.

IN THE NEWS: U.S. BATTLES WITH CHINA OVER HUAWEI

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — A global battle is brewing between the U.S. government and Chinese tech company Huawei (WAH’-way). The issue: allegations that the company and its products are a cybersecurity risk. The dispute is managing to overshadow MCW Barcelona — the world’s biggest mobile industry trade fair. Huawei has a major presence at the event, which is focusing on meeting challenges needed to comply with the upcoming new 5G networking standard. Meanwhile, the U.S. government is using its presence at the meeting to dissuade telecom executives and government officials from using Huawei gear because of fears the Chinese government could use the company’s equipment to snoop on the world’s internet traffic. Huawei has rejected such claims.

ON THE WEB: GOOGLE’S DATA CENTER

CYBERSPACE (AP) — Google says it’s going to need a little help from its governmental friends to follow through on plans to build a $600 million wind-powered data center in Minnesota. The tech giant says plans for the project hinge on its request for the state to waive 20 years’ worth of future taxes. Google has put in a request for local officials for the tax breaks — tax breaks that would save the company up to $15 million. The project, if completed, would bring an estimated 50 full-time tech jobs to the area.

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by Oscar Wells Gabriel II

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