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Russian shelling leaves 10 Ukrainian civilians dead, 20 injured, Zelenskyy says

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Fox News Flash top headlines are here. Check out what's clicking on A new barrage of Russian shelling killed at least 10 Ukrainian civilians and wounded 20 others in a day, the office of Ukraine's president said Friday as the country worked to recover from an earlier wave of Russian missile strikes and drone attacks. Regional officials said towns and villages in the east and in the south that are within reach of the Russian artillery suffered most. Six people died in the Donetsk region, two in Kherson, and two in the Kharkiv region.

Mercedes is the first certified Level-3-autonomy car company in the US


At CES earlier this January, Mercedes announced that it would become the first car company to achieve certification from the SAE for a Level 3 driver assist system. That became official on Thursday when the automaker confirmed its Drive Pilot ADAS (automated driver assist system) now complies with the requirements of Nevada Chapter 482A, which governs the use of autonomous vehicle technology on the state's roads. That makes Drive Pilot the only legal Level 3 system in the US for the moment. "An unwavering commitment to innovation has consistently guided Mercedes-Benz from the very beginning," Dimitris Psillakis, President and CEO of MBUSA, said in Thursday's press statement. "It is a very proud moment for everyone to continue this leadership and celebrate this monumental achievement as the first automotive company to be certified for Level 3 conditionally automated driving in the US market."

Stunning drone footage captures a huge pod of dolphins off the coast of Florida

Daily Mail - Science & tech

An armature drone photographer captured stunning footage of a dolphin pod swimming through the crystal-blue waters off the coast of Florida. Local restaurant owner Paul Dabill, 48, filmed approximately 50 dolphins while'looking for life to film' around Jupiter last week. The mesmerizing video shows the marine animals diving in and out of the sea and playing keep-away with a strand of sargassum seaweed. Dabill said he spent 30 minutes filing the pod, one of the largest he had seen. The clip was captured on January 18, when the skies were clear and the ocean was blue.

Drone delivery service using Starlink launched in Japan

The Japan Times

Telecommunications company KDDI, map-maker Zenrin and others in Japan launched a drone delivery service using U.S. aerospace company SpaceX's Starlink satellite internet access service in Chichibu, a mountainous city in Saitama Prefecture, on Thursday. By connecting a drone to the Starlink service that provides a stable communication environment even in mountain areas, the new delivery service allows residents in a district of Chichibu affected by a road closure following a mudslide in September last year to receive food and other supplies on a regular basis. According to KDDI, it is the first time that a regular drone delivery service using the Starlink service by SpaceX, officially called Space Exploration Technologies, has been launched in Japan. This could be due to a conflict with your ad-blocking or security software. Please add and to your list of allowed sites.

Robot Cars Are Causing 911 False Alarms in San Francisco


For some residents of San Francisco, the robotic future of driving is just a tap away. Ride-hailing services from GM subsidiary Cruise and Alphabet company Waymo allow them to summon a driverless ride with an app. But some riders have become perhaps too comfortable with the technology. In a letter filed with a California regulator yesterday, city agencies complained that on three separate occasions since December, Cruise staff called 911 after a passenger in one of its driverless vehicles became "unresponsive" to the two-way voice link installed in each car. Each time, police and firefighters rushed to the scene but found the same thing: a passenger who had fallen asleep in their robot ride.

How Roomba tester's private images ended up on Facebook

MIT Technology Review

Eileen Guo: It's essentially very low paid workers that are being asked to label images to teach artificial intelligence how to recognize what it is that they're seeing. And so the fact that these images were shared on the internet, was just incredibly surprising, given how incredibly surprising given how sensitive they were. Jennifer: Labeling these images with relevant tags is called data annotation. The process makes it easier for computers to understand and interpret the data in the form of images, text, audio, or video. And it's used in everything from flagging inappropriate content on social media to helping robot vacuums recognize what's around them.

Ukraine wakes up to deadly attacks after securing battle tanks

Al Jazeera

At least one person was reported killed in Kyiv as Russia pummeled Ukraine with a wave of missile and drone attacks. Thursday's rush-hour assault came a day after Kyiv secured the battle tanks it has long called for from Germany and the United States, a development Russia warned was a "dangerous" escalation. Vitali Klitschko, the mayor of Kyiv, said a missile killed a 55-year-old man, the first death from an attack in the capital since New Year's Eve, while two people were injured. Crowds of people took shelter in train stations as air raid sirens rang out across the country. A Ukrainian air force spokesperson said as many as six Tu-95 warplanes took off from the Arctic region of Murmansk in northern Russia and launched long-range missiles.

North and South Korea violated armistice with drones: UN Command

Al Jazeera

North Korea and South Korea violated the armistice that governs their shared border by sending drones into each other's airspace in December, the US-led United Nations Command says. Five North Korean drones crossed into the South on December 26, prompting South Korea's military to scramble fighter jets and helicopters as well as send surveillance aircraft into the North to photograph its military installations. The UN Command, which has helped oversee the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) between the two Koreas since an armistice ended fighting in the 1950-1953 Korean War, said on Thursday that it had conducted a special investigation of the airspace incursions to determine whether there were any violations of the ceasefire. The drone incursions by the two countries constituted violations, but South Korea's efforts to shoot down the drones in its airspace did not violate the armistice, the UN Command said in a statement. Seoul and Pyongyang remain technically at war because no permanent peace treaty has ever been reached to end the Korean War.

Ukraine sounds country-wide alarms amid Russian drone strikes; Western tank training to begin

FOX News

'Special Report' panelists discuss the impact of the Abrams tanks for Ukrainian forces amid the Russian onslaught. Ukraine sounded alarms across the country on Thursday after Russia launched a wave of missile and drone strikes, officials said. Air sirens were also heard in the country's capital city of Kyiv, where missile defense systems successfully struck down 15 targets. There were no immediate reports of injuries. Ukrainian military general Serhii Popko said missiles were fired "in the direction of Kyiv," but did not disclose if Russia was intending to target government buildings or something else.

Drones could soon be forced to have electronic NUMBER PLATES so police can track them

Daily Mail - Science & tech

Drones could soon be forced to have electronic number plates so they can be tracked by police and security teams as they fly through the skies. The plans are part of new regulations being drawn up by the Government that would allow a drone's speed, location, height, take-off point to be tracked - as well as the operator's location. To collect the information, remote ID technology will be installed in the drones, working in a similar way to the automatic number plate recognition (ANPR) system used on cars, vans and lorries. The move comes amid growing concern that the UK's drone registration scheme is not being enforced properly, as well as fears that drones could be used by terrorists to cause serious harm or economic damage. According to the Civil Aviation Authority, anyone with a drone weighing more than 250g needs to pass a test and get a flyer ID from the authority.