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Episode 270

Tech News Today 270: Do Not Look Directly At The Sea Ray

Goodbye Tesla Roadster, Netflix teams up with Facebook, Google gets subpoenaed, and more.

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  • Tesla Will Discontinue the Roadster
    • Automaker Tesla Motors (TSLA) will stop taking orders for the car in the U.S. in about two months as the car maker focuses on its Model S electric sedan.
    • Tesla reported sales of 1,650 Roadsters worldwide by the end of April, 2011. The car is sold in North America, Europe and Asia. Price was around $109,000
    • The first sales of the Model S sedan are expected to begin around the middle of 2012. $58,000 range of 160 miles
    • The first ones sold will have an estimated driving range of 300 miles with a price tag closer to $80,000.
    • Besides building its own cars, Tesla has a business partnership with Toyota Motor Co (TM) to produce a plug-in electric version of the RAV4 SUV and a deal with Daimler (DDAIF) to provide batteries for an electric version of the Smart ForTwo minicar.
  • Netflix CEO Reed Hastings joins Facebook's Board of Directors
  • Reed Hastings Joins Facebook Board
    • He also serves on the board for Microsoft (which owns a stake in Facebook)
    • Hastings joins other board members Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, Marc Andreessen of Andreessen Horowitz, Jim Breyer of Accel Partners, Washington Post CEO Donald E. Graham and Peter Thiel of Clarium Capital and Founders Fund.
    • Netflix said earlier this year that “an extensive Facebook integration” is on the way.

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  • FBI targets cyber security scammers
  • FBI Busts International 'Scareware' Rings
  • FBI Stole an Instapaper server in an unrelated raid
    • Shutdown two scareware organization - Operation Trident Tribunal.
    • Led by FBI, Raids in 12 including Ukraine, Latvia, Germany, Netherlands, Cyprus, France, Lithuania, Romania, Canada, Sweden, and the United Kingdom
    • Seized 40 computers, Raid in Latvia resulted in seizing five bank accounts
    • Only arrests were in Latvia arrest of Peteris Sahurovs and Marina Maslobojeva who are alleged to be its operators.
    • One scam was the old "Free virus scan" website trick, the other was malvertising
    • Apparently took one of INstapper's servers that was hosted in Swiss hosting company DigitalOne's Virginia data center

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