Hashtag Trending Nov.2 – Halifax infirmary gets new hybrid operating room; Musk dissolves Twitter’s board of directors; Laser attack blinds self-driving cars

Halifax infirmary gets a new hybrid operating room, Musk dissolves Twitter’s board of directors, Laser attack blinds self-driving cars

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Halifax Infirmary in Nova Scotia has opened a new hybrid operating room with advanced diagnostic imaging equipment. This will allow patients in cardiac or vascular surgery to undergo diagnostic tests in the same room if complications arise, instead of having to be moved to where diagnostic equipment is located. According to the Nova Scotia government, the new equipment is a safer option for patients and also provides better images of what surgeons are doing. The QEII Foundation fundraised $4 million for the purchase of the equipment.

Source: Global News

Elon Musk has dissolved Twitter’s board of directors. This is the latest of Musk’s plans for reforms, as he continues to cement his control over the social media platform. His planned reforms include reviewing how Twitter verifies users’ accounts as well as significant job cuts. Top executives have already been laid off while he brings in his high-profile allies to the company. According to the Washington Post, the first round of job cuts that could affect 25 per cent of the company’s staff is under discussion.

Source: BBC

A collaborative research between U.S. and Japanese universities uncovered a vulnerability in autonomous cars that hides moving pedestrians and other obstacles. Lidar, a radar-like device that acts like the eyes of autonomous cars can be blinded by expertly timed lasers, large enough to hide pedestrians and obstacles. The deleted data tricks the car to think that the road is safe to move and hence endangers whatever is in the car’s blind spot.

Source: TechXplorer

Instagram says it has fixed the software bug that affected thousands of users on Monday. The bug prevented thousands of users from accessing their accounts for about eight hours while others had their accounts suspended and followers stripped away. Instagram did not provide any explanation for the outage. It is therefore unclear whether it was an internal issue or whether the platform was hacked.

Source: CBC

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Jim Love, Chief Content Officer, IT World Canada
Tom Li
Tom Li
Telecommunication and consumer hardware are Tom's main beats at IT World Canada. He loves to talk about Canada's network infrastructure, semiconductor products, and of course, anything hot and new in the consumer technology space. You'll also occasionally see his name appended to articles on cloud, security, and SaaS-related news. If you're ever up for a lengthy discussion about the nuances of each of the above sectors or have an upcoming product that people will love, feel free to drop him a line at [email protected]

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