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The Wrap: Tesla patches Model S, Mt. Gox CEO arrested

CIO | Aug 7, 2015

Tesla issues a security update to its Model S car after researchers hack the car’s software and Tokyo police arrest the CEO of failed bitcoin exchange Mt Gox.

Tesla issues a security update to its Model S car after researchers hack the car’s software and the CEO of failed bitcoin exchange Mt Gox is arrested.

Here’s your tech top three, the stories you need to know this week.

1. Tesla patches Model S
Tesla has issued a security update to its Model S car after security researchers discovered six flaws that let them control the entertainment system and hijack the car. By accessing the entertainment software, the researchers were able to turn off the engine while a person was driving, change the speed and map information on the touchscreen, open and close the trunk and control the radio.

2. Mt. Gox CEO arrested

Police in Tokyo arrested the CEO of failed Bitcoin exchange Mt. Gox. Mark Karpeles is facing charges related to the 650 thousand bitcoins worth hundreds of millions of U-S dollars when the exchange collapsed in February of last year.
Japan’s Kyodo News says Karpeles is suspected of accessing the company’s computer system and falsifying financial data.

3. Apple drops to third place

Apple has fallen to third place in the world’s largest smartphone market, China. It’s now behind Xiaomi and number-two, Huawei. This according to second-quarter figures released by research firm Canalys.
In fourth place is Samsung, which has fallen from once having the top spot. Chinese consumers are buying more phones from local vendors whose devices are cheaper than Apple’s and Samsung’s but come with similar specs.

In focus this week, we’re looking at a special partnership between the NASA Ames Research Center in Silicon Valley and startups.

Over 70 organizations lease space at NASA Research Park at Ames and further research and development that NASA is interested in.

Being at NASA Ames means it’s easier to work with scientists and researchers and use the labs, stimulators and some much bigger facilities, like the wind tunnel, which can hold a Boeing 747 without having to take off its wings.

Some of the organizations based at Ames are universities; others are early-stage startups with only intellectual property. But they all have something in common: the work they are doing has the potential to advance the technology that NASA will need in the future.

Eugene Tu
Director, NASA Ames Research Center
Only having government funded research, there’s limited resources available there, but now you have the private sector interested in advancing the same type of technology for other uses, so for NASA to leverage on that, it becomes very effective and mutually beneficial.

These collaborative partnerships started in 2003 Ames – along with the Kennedy Space Center- were the first two NASA centers to reach these agreements with the private sector. Now, it’s expanded throughout the agency. Be sure to check out our series Inside Ames profiling some of these startups.

I’m Melissa Aparicio and that’s a wrap.