The Morning After: Ford made a small hybrid truck that sells for $21,495
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The Ford Maverick is here, and so is Amazon's Sidewalk mesh network -- we'll get you up to speed on both of them..
Ford said its plans for electrified vehicles were expanding, and the latest example is its new Maverick pickup. Despite hijacking the name of a 70's car most people under the age of 40 have already forgotten, it's aimed directly at people who want something more efficient but without the high price and need for a place to plug in.


With destination charge included, the Maverick's base price is $21,495, which will bring home a front-wheel drive hybrid truck that's supposed to have an EPA rating for 40 mpg for city driving and up to 500 miles of range on a tank of gas. The Maverick's bed only measures 4.5-feet long, but a Flexbed tailgate should help move large items even if they stick out a bit. There doesn't seem to be much risk that this will compete with vehicles like the F-150 Lightning or Mustang Mach-E, but as an alternative to crossovers that's easier on gas and your budget, it could be a hit.

— Richard Lawler

All part of a global crime sting.


The FBI covertly ran an encrypted communications platform for years, which allowed it to intercept 20 million messages from international criminal organizations. Hundreds of arrests have been made across 18 countries as part of the investigation known as Operation Trojan Shield. Suspects included members of the Italian Mafia.

The app was born out of the ashes of a popular encrypted phone service, known as Phantom Secure. The FBI were able to peddle a new app, dubbed Anom, to criminal networks, all while having the master key to everything it sent encrypted. Roughly 9,000 Anom devices are currently active in the wild. According to the FBI, it has identified over 300 transnational criminal organizations using the chat platform. The Australian Police, which helped intercept local messages, said the communications included alleged plots to kill, mass drug trafficking and gun…
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