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Tesla’s New Autopilot Update Uses the In-Car Camera to Spot Distracted Drivers

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Tesla’s Autopilot system has been subject to heavy criticism this year, and you’ve probably seen the YouTube and TikTok videos of people abusing it. However, it looks like the latest update to autopilot is finally using the in-car camera for driver monitoring.

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Source: https://www.reviewgeek.com/85595/teslas-autopilot-update-uses-in-car-camera-to-spot-distracted-drivers/
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Elon Musk suspends Tesla purchases with bitcoin

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Consumers can no longer buy Tesla vehicles with bitcoin, CEO Elon Musk announced on Twitter Wednesday.

What he’s saying: Musk cited the environmental concerns associated with bitcoin — the cryptocurrency has a massive carbon footprint — as his reasoning behind Wednesday’s decision.


“Tesla has suspended vehicle purchases using bitcoin,” Musk said.

  • “We are concerned about rapidly increasing use of fossil; fuels for bitcoin mining and transactions, especially coal, which has the worst emissions of any fuel.”
  • “Cryptocurrency is a good idea on many levels and we believe it has a promising future.”
  • “[W]e intend to use it as soon as mining transitions to more sustainable energy,” he said, adding that Tesla is considering other cryptocurrencies that consume less energy.

Flashback: Musk in March approved the use of the cryptocurrency for Tesla purchases in the U.S. Some critics at the time said the move could tarnish the company’s environmentally friendly image.

Our thought bubble, from Axios’ Ina Fried: The energy issues related to Bitcoin have been long known and less energy consuming options have been available for some time.

Source: https://www.axios.com/elon-musk-suspend-tesla-bitcoin-c8226997-c55a-49da-936a-f64ac237bd39.html
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The Article Was Written/Published By: Ivana Saric

Elon Musk Shares Painfully Obvious Idea About the Difficulty of Self-Driving Cars

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Elon Musk, one of the wealthiest people on the planet, sent a tweet Thursday night about the real problem with self-driving cars. And as you can probably guess by now, it’s one of those things that sounds profound until you stop to think about it for three seconds. That’s more or less Musk’s brand at this point.

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Source: https://gizmodo.com/elon-musk-shares-painfully-obvious-idea-about-the-diffi-1846795236
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The Article Was Written/Published By: Matt Novak

Tesla is secretly preparing to switch on a huge mega battery in Texas

Tesla has secretly constructed a huge battery facility in Texas, part of what appears to be an attempt to add power storage to the state pummeled with bad weather in February. Texas’ electric grid was reportedly hours from collapse at one point, as freezing temperatures saw electricity demand soar and rolling outages take vast swathes of the state offline for … Continue reading

Source: https://www.slashgear.com/tesla-is-secretly-preparing-to-switch-on-a-huge-mega-battery-in-texas-08662603/
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The Article Was Written/Published By: Chris Davies

New type of supply-chain attack hit Apple, Microsoft and 33 other companies

New type of supply-chain attack hit Apple, Microsoft and 33 other companies

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Last week, a researcher demonstrated a new supply-chain attack that executed counterfeit code on networks belonging to some of the biggest companies on the planet, Apple, Microsoft, and Tesla included. Now, fellow researchers are peppering the Internet with copycat packages, with more than 150 of them detected so far.

The technique was unveiled last Tuesday by security researcher Alex Birsan. His so-called dependency confusion or namespace confusion attack starts by placing malicious code in an official public repository such as NPM, PyPI, or RubyGems. By giving the submissions the same package name as dependencies used by companies such as Apple, Microsoft, Tesla, and 33 other companies, Birsan was able to get these companies to automatically download and install the counterfeit code.

Automatic pwnage

Dependencies are public code libraries or packages that developers use to add common types of functionality to the software they write. By leveraging the work of thousands of their open source peers, developers are spared the hassle and expense of creating the code themselves. The developer’s code automatically downloads and incorporates the dependency, or any update to it, either from the developer’s local computer or from a public repository.

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Source: https://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2021/02/supply-chain-attack-that-fooled-apple-and-microsoft-is-attracting-copycats/
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Elon Musk addresses some of the Model 3’s production issues

5b280a30-66d5-11eb-9ff7-c3cb9debbe49In a conversation with Canadian-American automotive engineer Sandy Munro, Tesla chief Elon Musk explained some of Model 3’s production issues. Munro sat with Musk for an interview at the SpaceX facility in Boca Chica, Texas where he asked the executi…

Source: https://www.engadget.com/tesla-elon-musk-model-3-production-issues-120515595.html
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