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Smart luggage firms close because of airline battery rules

Smart luggage firms close because of airline battery rules

Technology
Two smart luggage firms have closed in May, with both blaming changes to airline policies regarding how lithium batteries can be taken on board planes.Raden and Bluesmart said the changes, by several major airlines in December 2017, had made business impossible.The new rules meant that luggage batteries had to be removable. The smart suitcases feature weight sensors, a built-in phone charger and location awareness - but all require battery power."...our intent was to add ease and simplicity to your travel experience and this unforeseen policy change has made this impossible," Raden said in a message on its website, spotted by The Verge.Bluesmart's products did not feature removable batteries at all.The firm described its news as "bittersweet" in an announ...
Data firm at center of Facebook privacy scandal will close

Data firm at center of Facebook privacy scandal will close

Technology
Cambridge Analytica, the Trump-affiliated data firm at the center of Facebook's worst privacy scandal in history, is declaring bankruptcy and shutting down. The London firm blamed "unfairly negative media coverage" and said it has been "vilified" for actions it says are both legal and widely accepted as part of online advertising. Cambridge Analytica said it has filed papers to begin insolvency proceedings in the U.K. and will seek bankruptcy protection in a federal court in New York. "The siege of media coverage has driven away virtually all of the company's customers and suppliers," Cambridge Analytica said in a statement. "As a result, it has been determined that it is no longer viable to continue operating the business." Facebook said it will keep looking into data misuse by Cambridge...
Doctor-assisted suicide close to becoming law in Hawaii

Doctor-assisted suicide close to becoming law in Hawaii

Health
Hawaii lawmakers approved legislation Thursday that would make it the latest liberal-leaning state to legalize medically assisted suicide. The all-Democratic state Senate voted 23-2 to pass the measure that has already cleared the House. It allows doctors to fulfill requests from terminally ill patients for prescription medication that will allow them to die. The governor has said he will sign the bill, which would make Hawaii the sixth state to legalize the practice, plus Washington, D.C. The legislation includes safeguards intended to prevent abuse, but opponents said it puts the poor, elderly, sick and disabled at risk. Lawmakers have heard hours of impassioned testimony from advocates and opponents. John Radcliffe, who was given six months to two years to live after being diagnosed wi...
Oil, gas markets close week mixed amid optimism on U.S. production

Oil, gas markets close week mixed amid optimism on U.S. production

Business
March 30 (UPI) -- After an up-and-then-down week, oil and gas markets closed slightly higher Thursday ahead of the Easter holiday weekend.All major U.S. and European stock exchanges and markets were closed Friday for Good Friday, which coincides with the Passover holiday that starts Friday at sundown.Growing U.S. inventories pulled prices lower Thursday after hitting $ 70 per barrel earlier this week, but they closed mixed by the end of the day.The price for May Brent crude oil was up .56 cents to $ 64.94 per barrel. West Texas Intermediate, the U.S. benchmark for the price of oil, was unchanged to $ 69.53 per barrel. The May contract expired Thursday.On Thursday, Baker Hughes reported the number of land rigs drilling for oil in the United States totaled 797, four less than in the previous...