Megalomaniacs travelling through space, billion-dollar deals, rule violations, blackouts and other scandals ... one thing is certain in the tech world – the headlines are not getting any fewer. The Feuill-IT-ong rubric of Binary Dreams follows this development and henceforth collects current events and human achievements and misdemeanours on this and the other side of bits and bytes.
Our tech news overview of the last few weeks:
Tesla recalls hundreds of thousands of vehicles due to defective rear view cameras
365,309 Model 3 vehicles have to return to the factory. Rumour has it that Tesla employees have taken Elon Musk's motivational slogan "Never look back" a bit too literally.
Swiss army is no longer allowed to use WhatsApp
The reason is the messenger programme's lack of data protection. The US is alarmed and fears that it will no longer learn of Swiss invasion plans in time. The German Armed Forces, on the other hand, do not see any need for action, as their communication continues to run securely via fax.
Theranos founder Elizabeth Holmes found guilty
For years, she lied to the public and investors about allegedly revolutionary devices that were supposed to be able to diagnose numerous diseases with just a few drops of blood. However, due to bad blood results submitted at short notice, her defence is asking for a lenient sentence.
Huge deal: Microsoft wants to buy game publisher Activision Blizzard
Microsoft wants to put a whopping 69 billion dollars on the table for it. In order to make the in-house messaging and telephony service Skype more popular again, it will get a "Call of Duty" function in addition to a "voice call" and "video call" function. In addition, according to Microsoft CEO Nadella, the deal was cheaper in the long run than having to constantly use the in-app purchases of Candy Crush.
Ericsson sues Apple for patent infringement
After a licensing agreement expired, Apple is alleged to have infringed 12 patents in the field of mobile technology. Well, it would be more newsworthy if mobile phone manufacturers did not sue each other for patent infringements for once.
Austrian data protection authority: Google Analytics violates DSGVO
It sees a violation of Article 44, since Google forwards data to the parent company in the US. In response to the decision, Google will announce next week all the violations committed by the employees of the Austrian data protection authority.
Facebook and Google allegedly made illegal price agreements for online advertising
Allegedly, the two CEOs signed a secret agreement to continue to secure a large share of the market. Jeff Bezos is outraged that Amazon was not invited.
Firefox could no longer call up websites for hours
According to Mozilla, the reason for this was a changed default setting that resulted in an HTTP/3 bug. Many users were forced to use Internet Explorer to download Chrome.
Clubhouse turns one year old
The audio-based social network makes it possible to listen to conversations of other users and to host your own. To mark the anniversary and to adapt to the current number of users, the manufacturer is now introducing rooms for self-talk.
*Our "Feuill-IT-on" format is created in collaboration with the two freelance writers Tobias Lauterbach und Daniel Al-Kabbani who occasionally contribute to the satire platform "Der Postillon". Under the pseudonyms Strigalt von Entf, and Tabea Ulla Thor they report on current events from the world of technology – always with a wink! ;-)