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Tesla's slow start to 2019, Facebook's password problem | TECH(feed)

Computerworld | Mar 26, 2019

Facebook has disclosed another security scandal, but what does that mean for users? Plus, another governing body is balking at U.S. anti-Huawei claims, and data on new car registrations could suggest slowing sales for Tesla. All that on today’s episode of TECH(feed).

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hey everyone, welcome back to tech feed. i’m juliet beauchamp and today we’re talking about facebook’s latest security scandal, which government is ignoring u-s calls to ban huawei and data that hints at tesla’s slumping sales. stick around.

facebook announced last week that it had stored millions of users’ passwords insecurely in plain text for years. this means passwords were readable to thousands of facebook’s employees. the company said it found no evidence of wrongdoing or exposure of passwords externally. it intends to notify millions of facebook users and thousands of instagram users about the incident. some users have allegedly had their passwords stored in plain text by facebook since 2012. facebook is not calling on users to change their passwords, but truthfully, it’s not a bad idea. this is the latest scandal to hit facebook in regards to user data privacy--be on the lookout for notifications from facebook to see if your account could have been affected.

yet another governing body is ignoring u-s suggestions to ban huawei equipment in the construction of 5-g networks. the european union will call for member countries to share cybersecurity data in an effort to monitor 5-g risks. this is just a recommendation though, and individual countries will get to decide how they construct 5-g networks. and this recommendation could provide framework for laws pertaining to cybersecurity in member nations. for example, germany has already set stricter rules regarding telecom equipment dealers, but the rules make no mention of huawei specifically. so instead of banning huawei outright like the united states government has urged, this recommendation instead seems to encourage countries to stay vigilant when it comes to 5-g security risks regardless of the vendor, and to share insight with other e-u members.

tesla sales are down in some of its biggest markets, according to car registration data from 23 states. registration of new teslas fell from january to february, with 23 thousand, three hundred ten vehicles registered in those states in january, to 6 thousand two hundred fifty two new-car registrations last month. this data comes from the dominion cross-sell report and covers registrations from huge markets for tesla, including california, texas, washington and florida. on average, 13 to 17 thousand new teslas were registered in those 23 states in the fourth quarter. the uptick in january registrations could be the result of people scrambling to buy teslas before the federal tax credit available to tesla owners was cut in half on january first. since cars are often registered about a month after purchase, it’s possible many people were buying teslas right before the new year. this registration slump comes as tesla is set to increase the price of some of its models and after it has closed 10 percent of its brick and mortar stores. however, a tesla spokesman told the new york times that registrations may not accurately reflect delivery numbers because the carmaker delivers batches of cars to areas at different times.

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