Month: May 2014
Google To Build Its Own Self-Driving Cars
Google is building its first prototype self-driving car – with no steering wheel, acceleration pedal, or brake.
Until now, Google has focused on adapting existing car models with its self-driving technology, and has driven hundreds of thousands of miles on public roads using Lexus SUVs and Toyota Prius models fitted with special equipment.
But Google co-founder Sergey Brin told reporters that the firm is to make 100 prototype cars that drive themselves. more on sky.com
Online Abuse: Police Deal With Thousands Of Kids
Figures unearthed through a Sky News investigation show children as young as nine have been subject to police action.
Almost 2,000 children have been investigated by police in the last three years for breaking laws used to crack down on social media abuse, offensive Twitter messages and online bullying, Sky News has learned. more on news.sky.om
Hacked eBay Faces Multiple Investigations
Web retailer eBay is facing transatlantic scrutiny from the authorities over a massive cyber attack that compromised the personal data of its 145 million users.
Connecticut, Florida and Illinois have launched a joint inquiry over the hack, which came to light on Wednesday.
The investigation will focus on the scope of the data breach and eBay’s response, said Connecticut officials.
Some customers have complained in web forums and on social media that they received no email warning from eBay to change their password, only learning about the cyber attack from the media.
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A resident from Burstwick has been given a twelve month community punishment order after fraudulently claiming over £13,500 in benefits.
Anthony Simpson (47) of Beech Close, Burstwick, had pleaded guilty at Beverley Magistrates Court to failing to promptly notify East Riding of Yorkshire Council and the Department for Work and Pensions of a change of circumstances affecting his entitlement to housing benefit, council tax benefit and employment support allowance.
Due to the large amount of money Simpson fraudulently claimed, the case was referred to Hull Crown Court for sentencing where he was given a twelve month community punishment order, incorporating a six month electronic curfew order.
Simpson will have to repay the £13,773.26 he fraudulently claimed.
The case was brought to court following a joint investigation by East Riding of Yorkshire Council and the Department for Work and Pensions who discovered that Simpson had failed to declare that he had savings in excess of £16,000.
A spokesman for East Riding of Yorkshire Council said: “It is the public who are the victims of benefit fraud and those who choose to deliberately commit benefit fraud should be aware that it is only a matter of time before they are brought before the courts.”
Anyone who suspects benefit fraud in the East Riding can call the 24-hour benefit fraud hotline in confidence on (01482) 394949, text 07786 200850 or email email@example.com