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Lawsuits ramp up pressure on family that owns opioid company

Lawsuits ramp up pressure on family that owns opioid company

Health
The legal pressure on the prominent family behind the company that makes OxyContin, the prescription painkiller that helped fuel the nation's opioid epidemic, is likely to get more intense. The Sackler family came under heavy scrutiny this week when a legal filing in a Massachusetts case asserted that family members and company executives sought to push prescriptions of the drug and downplay its risks. Those revelations are likely to be a preview of the claims in a series of expanding legal challenges. Members of the family that controls Connecticut-based Purdue Pharma are also defendants in a lawsuit brought by New York's Suffolk County. Few, if any, other governments have sued the family so far. But Paul Hanly, a lawyer representing the county, said he expects to add the Sacklers to ot...
World's biggest tobacco company to phase out cigarettes

World's biggest tobacco company to phase out cigarettes

Technology
In a swish research centre on the edge of a Swiss lake, the world's biggest cigarette company is re-inventing itself. Philip Morris International - which makes Marlboro and several other leading brands - has vowed to phase out cigarettes and move into smoke-free products instead.And the complex of laboratories is a signal of intent.It's spent £3.5bn on science and technology so far, clocking up more than 3,000 patents, with another 5,000 pending.Sky News was given unprecedented access, allowed to see banks of machines that "smoke", and a laboratory where scientists monitor the impact of chemicals on the tiny hairs inside the lungs and airways. Image: Fewer than 15% of adults now smoke in the UK, compared to 21% a decade ago ...
Company that hijacked Holmes and Theroux on Twitter 'didn't break law'

Company that hijacked Holmes and Theroux on Twitter 'didn't break law'

Technology
The chief executive of a company which demonstrated a security flaw in Twitter by hijacking the accounts of Eamonn Holmes and Louis Theroux has denied breaking the law. Mr Holmes and Mr Theroux were among celebrities and journalists who tweeted messages on Thursday stating their accounts had been "temporarily hijacked by Insinia Security".Mike Godfrey, who runs Insinia Security, explained to Sky News that the accounts had been hijacked to demonstrate how Twitter allows anyone who knows your phone number to tweet from your account.According to the company the bug allowing the hijack to happen has been known about for six years, but Insinia acted to raise awareness of it because Twitter seemed unwilling to address the issue.Twitter has claimed it has since fixed the flaw, alt...
Apple hires engineers from UK company Dialog

Apple hires engineers from UK company Dialog

Technology
Apple is adding 300 computer chip engineers to its team after striking a deal to hire them from one of its British suppliers.It is paying Dialog Semiconductor $ 300m (£227m) for the acquisition, which also includes some of the Reading-based company's patents and facilities.Apple has long used Dialog's products to monitor and control power consumption in its iPhones and iPads.The deal represents one of Apple's biggest takeovers in headcount terms. "Dialog has deep expertise in chip development and we are thrilled to have this talented group of engineers who have long supported our products now working directly for Apple," said the handset-maker's hardware technologies chief Johny Srouji.Staff involved are based in: Swindon L...
Tesla whistleblower says company spies on employees

Tesla whistleblower says company spies on employees

Technology
A former Tesla employee has claimed the company spies on its workers and allowed a drug cartel to operate inside of its plant. Karl Hansen made the whistleblower complaint to the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), according to his lawyer Stuart Meissner.Mr Hansen was a member of Tesla's internal investigations team before he was fired.Under US law, whistleblowers can receive up to 30% of the penalties collected by the SEC for revealing regulatory breaches.Tesla stated that it took Mr Hansen's allegations seriously and investigated them.It added: "Some of his claims are outright false. Others could not be corroborated."The SEC has declined to comment.Mr Hansen's complaint comes as the company's chief executive Elon Musk is being scrutinised for a series of tweets h...