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Friday March 3rd, 2023 day edition

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And yes, believe it or not, that's the gist of an actual patent filed by Ford, first spotted by our colleagues at The Drive.

Initially submitted in 2021, the patent, titled "Systems and Methods to Repossess a Vehicle," was published last week by the US Patent Office.

While not approved yet, the system described in the patent is about as deranged as it sounds.

Ford envisions it being capable of outright disabling different functions in your vehicle, dispensed as increasing tiers of forewarning punishment.

Ford could make your car blare an "incessant and unpleasant sound" every time you enter it, and eventually, lock you out entirely.

In fact, Ford itself probably doesn't even know — it's no longer even pursuing self-driving technology at the moment.

More on Ford: Ford Has Paused Electric Pickup for Several Weeks After One Caught Fire. »

Alex Murdaugh found guilty of murders of wife and son

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A jury in South Carolina reached a verdict of guilty on all counts after just three hours of deliberations in the case of disgraced former attorney Alex Murdaugh, who was accused of killing his wife and son in 2021.

Murdaugh was convicted on four counts: the murder of Maggie Murdaugh, the murder of Paul Murdaugh, and two counts of possession of a weapon during a crime.

Prosecutors argued that Murdaugh killed his wife and son in a desperate effort to distract attention from his financial crimes and gain sympathy from the community. »

Belgium freezes Russian assets worth EUR 58 billion

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Belgium has frozen a large part of Russian assets.

According to the statement, the country also froze EUR 191 billion of Russian financial transactions, which makes it the leader in the total volume of frozen assets in the European Union.

Read also: EU launches ad hoc group on use of Russia’s frozen assets. »

Over 7,500 Pot Convictions Expunged in Missouri

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More than 7,500 individuals in Missouri have had their prior marijuana-related convictions expunged with recreational cannabis now legal in the state.

“The majority of expunged convictions so far are misdemeanors.

In October, the Missouri Supreme Court requested almost $7 million to cover the cost of erasing eligible marijuana convictions. »

The FTC has told PlayStation it has to reveal its third-party exclusivity deals

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Microsoft served Sony with the subpoena in January as part of its defence-building process ahead of an FTC lawsuit regarding its proposed acquisition of Activision Blizzard.

The FTC rejected this, saying Sony couldn’t “persuasively explain why searching for and producing [these] files presents an undue burden”.

The FTC said in January that there had been no “substantive” settlement talks with Microsoft over the proposed acquisition. »