Reports are in that Tesla Motors, the explicitly green-washed and implicitly USG-backed electric car company, is struggling to meet California's strict nitrous oxide (NOx) emissions standards (archived). Readers will recall that this is in fact the same air pollutant that embroiled German carmaker Volkswagen in its recent "dieselgate" scandal. Continue reading
There are numerous reports that Apple's App store has been used to spread malware to customers forcing Apple to purge numerous Apps from the store (archived). The attack involved a social engineering vector where developers were convinced to use versions of Apple's Xcode IDE which had been implanted to spread malware in Apps produced with the implanted development software. This incident highlights serious risks posed by relying on gatekeepers to police malware in the way consumers have come to expect.
Today in a case between the Electronic Privacy Information Center and the United States Department of Homeland Security the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia protected the Department's desire to prevent full disclosure of "Standard Operating Procedure 303" from the public record. SOP 303 is a protocol maintained by the Department of Homeland Security which is alleged to concern a plan for shutting down wireless networks during "critical emergencies." Continue reading
ChangeTip today announced the release of an additional product feature that they're calling the One Time Tip Link. OTTL enables ChangeTip users to take their tipping beyond Twitter, YouTube and Reddit by allowing them to send tips to people via email and SMS.. at least that is how ChangeTip has decided to market the addition of OTTL to their controversial platform. Continue reading
Coinapult, which first introduced its BTC to SMS service in May 2012 to users in the US and Canada, has relaunched the service, making it available to users across the globe excluding the United States. Coinapult cited the regulatory minefield in the US as one of the reasons why the service is unavailable for use there. Continue reading