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1st Gear: GM Vice Chairman and Chief Financial Officer Chris Liddell today announced that he will leave the company April 1, 2011 after just over a year with the just-emerged-from-bankruptcy-and-IPO'ed automaker. He'll be succeeded by Dan Ammann, 38, who's currently a GM vice president, finance and treasurer. Before coming to GM, the native of New Zealand worked for Morgan Stanley for 11 years. Sorry, hold on a second... wow, we just realized he's a 30-something becoming the CFO of the world's largest automaker? Jeez, what the hell have I done with my life.
2nd Gear: Could modern cars operating with the help of internal computers be vulnerable to hackers? Could someone tamper with your software-controlled brakes or stop the engine from afar? Not really, or, at least not easily. Why not? Nefarious no-goodniks can already steal your car with a smart key. And don't even get us started on road signs.