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Last Update on September 17, 2014 07:12 GMT

IN THE NEWS: COMPUTER-DRIVEN CARS

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- How many self-driving cars are there on the road? In California, such computerized "whips" have been around for more than four years. But until now, the Department of Motor Vehicles wasn't sure just how many were rolling around. That has changed now that the DMV is requiring such vehicles to be registered. California also now requires that the vehicles be tested as they are sent along freeways and neighborhoods -- with a human behind the wheel in case something goes wrong. It's expected the number of self-driving vehicles will rise in the future. But the future is NOT now. Of the 32 million vehicles estimated to be registered in California -- a mere fraction of them can drive themselves.

IN THE NEWS: SECURITY FILTERS EASING UP ON GAY AND LESBIAN ADVOCACY GROUPS

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) -- A popular online safe-search filter is making it easier for people to find out more about gay and lesbian advocacy groups. Symantec says it will end its practice of blocking links to such sites. Access had been blocked in the past in an effort to keep users from stumbling upon obscene sites -- using filters similar to those that keep people from accessing child porn. Now Symantec says there will no longer be an option to block Web sites just because they relate to sexual orientation. However the company tells The Associated Press customers can still set their searches to block sites they deem offensive.

 
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