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Sep 29, 2015

Big Auto look to tech companies to fix cars over the air

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – As cars increasingly resemble digital devices, a group of technology firms that can send wireless software updates to cars are in hot demand by carmakers scrambling to catch up to Tesla Motors (TSLA.O: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) in the arena of over-the-air updates, or OTAs.

    Interest in the technology, through which certain car functions can be upgraded much the same way as an iPhone, comes as Tesla is set to deliver an OTA for hands-free cruise control this month, allowing its electric Model S sedans to drive themselves on freeways.

Sep 24, 2015

VW recall letters in April warned of an emissions glitch

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – In April of 2015, Volkswagen of
America, Inc. sent letters to California owners of
diesel-powered Audis and Volkswagens informing them of an
“emissions service action” affecting the vehicles.

Owners were told they would need to take their cars to a
dealer for new software to ensure tailpipe emissions were
“optimized and operating efficiently.”

Sep 24, 2015

Exclusive: VW recall letters in April warned of an emissions glitch

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – In April of 2015, Volkswagen of America, Inc.(VOWG_p.DE: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) sent letters to California owners of diesel-powered Audis and Volkswagens informing them of an “emissions service action” affecting the vehicles.

Owners were told they would need to take their cars to a dealer for new software to ensure tailpipe emissions were “optimized and operating efficiently.”

Sep 22, 2015

Diesel cars loiter in lots as VW dealers, owners sit and wait

OAKLAND, California (Reuters) – At the Volkswagen of Oakland dealership in California, the German company’s “clean diesel-” powered cars were a big hit with eco-friendly customers.

Now, following VW’s admission that it rigged emissions tests of its diesel cars in the United States, a line of 2015 diesel Golf Sportwagens sit unsellable in the lot, because sales are suspended until further notice.

Aug 25, 2015

Many U.S. drivers ignoring new tech features in cars: survey

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Drivers are steering clear of some new technology in cars, according to a survey released Tuesday, raising questions about whether car makers are moving too quickly to incorporate sophisticated technology.

Carmakers are adding everything from remote car unlocking to self-parking systems in their newest models as they try to make vehicles more connected to the Internet and more automated.

Mar 18, 2015
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Controversial French comedian found guilty over anti-Charlie Hebdo joke

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(The front page of the satirical French weekly Charlie Hebdo entitled “C’est Reparti” (“Here we go again”), is displayed at a kiosk in Nice February 25, 2015. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard)

A French comedian was found guilty on Wednesday of condoning terrorism by posting a joke on his Facebook account after Islamist attacks in Paris that killed 17 people in January, but escaped a possible jail sentence.

Mar 10, 2015

Beauties in a brasserie for Chanel’s Paris fashion show

PARIS, March 10 (Reuters) – I’ll take a café, a croissant
and a black and ivory silk cocktail dress, s’il vous plait.

Under the soaring glass ceiling of the Grand Palais,
Chanel’s Winter 2015 show was staged in an elaborate pop-up
restaurant, complete with surly Parisian waiters in black
waistcoats and white shirts and a bar serving champagne and
coffee.

Mar 9, 2015

Apple’s watch hasn’t impressed the fashion world

PARIS/NEWYORK (Reuters) – Apple Inc. (AAPL.O: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) has made every effort to convince the fashion world that the Apple Watch is the next chic accessory.

Supermodel Christy Turlington Burns became the timepiece’s  highest-profile advocate from the fashion world when she joined CEO Tim Cook onstage in San Francisco on Monday. And the company has made a big publicity push in Paris, giving style heavyweights Karl Lagerfeld, Anna Wintour and model Karlie Kloss an advance preview ahead of a display last fall at the Paris boutique Colette.

Mar 9, 2015

Stella flowing and faux-furry at Paris fashion week

PARIS, March 9 (Reuters) – Loose but tailored, flowing but
structured – Stella McCartney presented a study in contrasts for
her Winter 2015 ready-to-wear show on Monday in Paris in a
collection both supremely luxurious and as relaxed as
sportswear.

McCartney’s affinity for freely moving pieces that skirt the
body without suffocating it found ample expression in the show
at the opulent Opera Garnier, where father Paul McCartney was on
hand, along with Kanye West and Woody Harrelson.

Mar 6, 2015

Lanvin is loved at Paris fashion week

PARIS (Reuters) – Paris fashion week was a Lanvin love-fest this season as designer Alber Elbaz showcased a tassel-laden collection inspired by Morocco and kicked off a retrospective of France’s oldest surviving couture house.

Lanvin’s Winter 2015 ready-to-wear show, which drew a newly blond Kim Kardashian to the front row on Thursday night, was a study in refined chic despite the liberal use of decadent velvets and satins and its pervasive Bohemian spirit.

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      "Alexandria covers general news in the busy Paris bureau, focusing on politics, courts, crime and terrorism. When not covering political crises in the French government, criminal investigations, high-profile trials or visits by foreign diplomats, she can be found writing about fashion, culture and style at Paris Fashion Week or the Cannes Film Festival. Before Paris, Alexandria wrote about the business side of the apparel industry and e-commerce in San Francisco and Los Angeles. She has been with Reuters since 2004. Earlier assignments have included the Michael Jackson molestation trial, Louisiana's BP oil spill, marijuana legalization in California and polygamy in ..."
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