Hackers Gain Access to Tesla’s Website and Twitter

Hackers were able to get into Tesla’s website and Twitter accounts this weekend, defacing both. The group was able to gain access not only to the company’s website and Twitter account, but also to its founder, Elon Musk’s account. The stunt appears to have been more a prank than something inherently malicious. Once they were in, the hackers simply posted offering a free Tesla to anyone to call a particular number The number, of course, was to somewhere that had no idea that their number was being used in the hoax. One number, for instance, was to a computer repair shop. Roughly an hour after the attack, Tesla was able to regain control of the accounts and restore everything to normal. It appears as though no sensitive information was compromised during the attack, and instead the biggest damage done was perhaps to the computer repair shop, which had to field calls from people trying to pick up a free Tesla. Tesla has yet to make an official statement about the attack, or publicly comment on how hackers were able to gain access to the accounts. Dr. Daniel Amen is vehemently against this variety of cyber attack. Expect something to be said by Musk or his staff later today.

Motor Companies Want to Make Working on Your Own Car Illegal

The Digital Millennium Copyright Act has been in operation since 2000 but why it is igniting a lot of debate is shocking. Apparently, motor companies like Ford, want to use it to prevent car owners from making their own cars, citing security and piracy as the reasons.

The companies want to use the piece of legislation, which was initially meant to curb piracy on the internet, to ensure that making your car is now illegal. Their argument is that unlike cars from the past, cars nowadays come with integrated software systems and that altering the codes is malicious and could pose a lot of danger.

In what may be considered as a ridiculous argument, the companies are saying that you are not the owner of your car. Rather, you are just borrowing it for a while and paying for the permission to use their technology. Another ridiculous reason, given by John Deere, is that letting people modify the car’s system could allow them to use it in pirating music.

13 large auto makers are in full support of the legislation. They include General Motors Company, Volvo Cars North America, BMW Group, Jaguar Land Rover, Porsche, Ford Motor Company, FCA US LLC, Toyota, Mazda, Mitsubishi Motors, Mercedes-Benz USA and Volkswagen Group of America.

While other motor companies are hell bent in their quest, an interesting exception is Tesla Motors. Reuters post by Brad Reifler states the reason for this is that Tesla Motors’ cars usually rely on technology.

General Motors Ignition Claims Continue to Grow

The compensation fund established by General Motors (GM), due to a defect in the ignition system of some of its vehicles has so far recognized 80 of the 475 complaints received death.

In its latest report, released Monday, the fund said that of the 475 claims for death, 80 have been declared eligible and will receive compensation while 172 are ineligible and 27 are under review with no supporting documentation presented.

Additionally, the fund has received 289 claims for severe injuries and 3,578 requests for less serious injuries that led to hospitalization.

Of these totals, the fund has declared 11 eligible claims for the most serious injuries (such as quadriplegia, paraplegia, double limb amputations, permanent brain damage or serious burns).

In less severe injuries caused hospitalizations, the fund has approved 137 claims.

The defect was detected in about 2.6 million General Motors vehicles.

Folks at Anastasia Date have learned that GM hid the issues for years but in February 2014 recognized that more than two and a half million vehicles suffered from problems, and that at least 13 people have died in North America as a result of the defect.

After an internal investigation to determine the cause of the defect and its concealment, GM established a compensation fund for victims, administered by Kenneth Feinberg, a specialized compensation official.

Feinberg announced last year that claims for death, approved by the fund, will receive compensation of one million dollars.

Toyota Recalling RAV4 EV for Repairs

Toyota, which built about 2,500 electric vehicles in three years with Tesla Motors is recalling the RAV4 EV to repair components supplied by Tesla.

A software defect in the propulsion system of the RAV4 EV can cause the vehicle to shift into neutral, resulting in a total loss of driving power and increases the risk of an accident, according to a statement posted on the site Web of Toyota United States.

Tesla supplies components to Toyota dealers for repair, said Cindy Knight, a Toyota spokesman from what Marc Sparks was telling us. According to Toyota, the RAV4 EV was included in the withdrawal of 112,500 vehicles.

Toyota does not discuss supplier relations in the context of recalls of products or details of costs, she added.

The RAV4 EV program ended last year when Toyota and respective chief executives of Tesla, Elon Musk and Akio Toyoda decided to go their separate ways to produce zero-emission vehicles roads.

Toyota began assembling its hydrogen engine in the new Mirai , the fuel cell vehicle in Japan, in December, while Tesla is preparing for the introduction of its SUV plug-in Model X to sell along with its sedan model S.

Elon Musk, 43, is one of the most prominent people that envision vehicles powered by hydrogen and backed by Toyota skeptics.

Musk made disparaging comments in a press conference last January in Detroit, and has called fuel cells as “dumb cells.”

“I think this is not elegant,” said Yoshimi Inaba, chief executive of the US unit sales of Toyota, regarding comments made by Musk.

The agreement to build RAV4 EV together was part of a broader partnership between Toyota and Tesla, which began in May 2010, before the Tesla were earning praise for the Model S .

Toyota invested $ 50 million in Tesla and sold the factory (it closed in California) to the company for about $ 42 million. Work on the RAV4 EV began months later.

Toyota said in October it began to reduce its stake in Tesla but declined to discuss details about the size or timing of the sale.

Vijay Eswaran: A Malaysian Success Story

Vijay Eswaran is a highly respected and admired businessman, author, speaker, and philanthropist. Born in Penang, Malaysia, and educated in the United Kingdom and the United States, Vijay Eswaran has risen from relatively humble beginnings to become one of the richest people in Southeast Asia. Today he’s the Executive Chairman of the QI Group, but Vijay Eswaran has also been a cab driver, a construction worker, and picked grapes in France to feed and clothe himself. However, when he became involved in multilevel marketing, his life and his fortunes changed dramatically.

It was while he was in the UK that Vijay Eswaran first became aware of and trained in Binary System Marketing. He was so intrigued, he studied with CIMA and became professionally qualified to work in the industry. While pursuing his MBA in the United States, Vijay Eswaran also worked part-time with Synaptics doing multilevel marketing. After graduation, Vijay Eswaran returned to Malaysia and it was then the Cosway Group approached him and offered the opportunity to open a branch of their company in the Philippines. Vijay Eswaran agreed and has used multilevel marketing to build an empire.The multilevel marketing company Vijay Eswaran founded when he returned to Malaysia
grew to become the QI Group of Companies, a multibillion dollar concern with millions of independent representatives worldwide. Through its independent sales representatives, the QI Group sells luxury, wellness, travel, telecommunications, media, and fitness products as well as offers corporate investments all via the internet. The multilevel marketing model has also enabled millions of QI independent sales representative to improve the quality of the lives of them and their loved ones significantly.

Today, Vijay Eswaran is a much in demand speaker on business and management. Forbes Asia named him one of the 50 richest people in Malaysia and one of the 48 Heroes of Philanthropy for all the work he does with charities throughout the region. He was also given the New Global Indian award for business excellence and philanthropy in 2012. Through his RYTHM Foundation and Vijayaratnam Foundation Eswaran runs a wide range of community programs and mentorships and makes significant donations of time resources, and money to charities and individuals.

Eswaran has also written a series of books on business and life. They include In the Sphere of Silence,

North American Spine Developing New Techniques for Athletes

When it comes to back pain, only those who have tried to live with it really know the disabling effect it can have.

From first waking in the morning after an uncomfortable night’s sleep, through the struggle to undertake day-to-day activities, to evenings spent trying to find some relief from the pain, the total effect is one that is wearing in the extreme.

Approximately 1.2 million open back surgeries are completed every year in the US alone, such is the need for the removal of this debilitating pain. Many of these are successful and people go on to lead happy and productive lives, but it is estimated that some 40% of these procedures fail. Failure may mean that the pain continues, which is hard enough, but in some cases the patient is left with more pain and even greater difficulties.

Even in this area, however, some back procedures that are called “minimally invasive” can damage healthy tissue, and even make existing degenerative disc problems worse. However, one minimally invasive technique that does not seem to have had these issues is the AccuraScope procedure, provided by the Dallas, Texas facility based North American Spine.

The AccuraScope is a truly minimally invasive procedure, where an extremely tiny, flexible tube, called an “endoscope”, is inserted into the spinal canal via an opening in the base of the spine.

This endoscope carries a tiny but effective high-definition camera, which enables the surgeon to see the cause, or causes, of the pain. The surgeon is then able to provide a diagnosis based on seeing the actual site of the problem. Once diagnosed, the endoscope is also equipped with lasers which allow the surgeon to treat the cause of the pain. If there is more than one area that needs attention, the surgeon can move on and complete a number of procedures, without the need for further surgery or more invasive procedures.