In Brief: May 7, 2001

RAISE THE ROOF One of the pleasures of driving a convertible is the unobstructed, blind-spot-free field of vision. Taking that idea a step further, Mercedes-Benz has developed a concept car with an all-Plexiglas roof. Engineers are testing different configurations to determine how best to minimize blind spots in real cars. The results could improve all of DaimlerChrysler's cars, not just the roadsters.

SLIM PICKIN' Samsung, a company known for its stylish wireless phones, is sashaying into the market for combination phone-organizers with the SPH-1300 ($400). Billed as a hipper alternative to Kyocera's powerful but rather homely Smartphone, the SPH-1300 has the...

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