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AUSTIN — Music flooded into the streets around Austin’s convention center as South by Southwest’s music festival kicked off and the interactive portion wrapped up. The head of Google’s (X) division talked about testing driverless cars and delivery drones, gender bias in tech was a hot topic and event-goers checked out the latest products and companies on the trade show floor.

Here are some highlights as South by Southwest Interactive draws to a close.

GOOGLE X

Some of Google’s most secretive projects like Google Glass and driverless cars have come out of its five-year-old (X) division, so attendees flooded in Tuesday to hear Astro Teller, head of the division, talk about how the most ambitious projects require a lot of failure before succeeding. Testing products in the real world is key, he said. The company drives thousands of miles on city streets every day to test how its driverless cars function in every imaginable situation. “Nothing beats going out into the real world and seeing if what a simulator says will work is actually possible,” he said.

Mary Does That Thing She Does At Unofficial SXSW Show

Mar 18, 2015
From www.maryjblige.com

AUSTIN — Mary J. Blige performed for a feverish crowd Tuesday night at the Samsung Supper Club, in an event not sponsored by South by Southwest, another sign of unofficial concerts rivaling the festival when it comes to pulling big-name acts.

Blige is no dancer, but the performer moved energetically at the show, even imitating Michael Jackson’s dance moves during her funky hit, Just Fine. She kicked off her set with Enough Cryin’ — which features her rapping as her alter ego Brook-Lynn — and she continued with the up-tempo anthem, The One. She moved like a pro, though there was water dripping from the covered ceiling on the venue’s rooftop. She managed to maneuver in heels and an ab-revealing crop top.

HOUSTON — The University of Houston president suspended the university’s Sigma Chi fraternity chapter in the wake of fraternity allegations at the chapter.

In a statement Tuesday, university President Renu Khator said she was “shocked, dismayed and deeply disappointed” by the allegations. Khator also said the university had suspended five students accused of committing the acts, which were not detailed by the university.

Courtesy www.likud.org.il

TEL AVIV — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s ruling Likud Party scored a resounding victory in the country’s election, final results showed Wednesday, after a tight race that had put his lengthy rule in jeopardy.

With nearly all the votes counted, Likud appeared to have earned 30 out of parliament's 120 seats, in a position to be able to build a coalition government with its right-wing and religious allies with relative ease. The election was widely seen as a referendum on Netanyahu, who has governed the country for the past six years.

STOCKTON, Calif. — Police in Northern California say at least three people are dead and four people are wounded in a shooting at a grocery store.

Stockton police say one person was killed Tuesday night at the store in Stockton and another two died at a hospital. The Stockton Record reports the victim who died at the store was a woman. She was found on a sidewalk outside. Some of the wounded victims were found inside the market.

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