Automatic to shut down and end support for its car diagnostics dongle

Automatic, the company behind an on-board diagnostics (OBD-II) dongle for cars, announced that it’s shutting down due to COVID-19. The company says customers can toss (or recycle) its adapters, which plugged into vehicles and synced with users’ smart...

Tesla must pause production at its Fremont factory to shelter in place

Yesterday, it looked like Tesla's factory in Fremont, California, would remain open despite being in one of the California counties under a shelter in place order. Today, a spokeswoman for the Alameda County Sheriff's Office said otherwise. The facto...

MoviePass temporarily shuts down service to work on its app

The monthly movie ticket subscription service MoviePass temporarily shut down today. The company claims it did so to complete work on its mobile app. It's unclear how long the outage will last, but in a tweet MoviePass said the service could be down...

BlackBerry Messenger shuts down for good today

Today, Emtek pulls the plug on BlackBerry Messenger. The company announced last month that it would shut down the consumer service, which has been steadily losing users and failing to attract new ones. As a consolation for diehard fans, BlackBerry op...

Yahoo Acquires Cloud Party


Yahoo has outdone itself. It is about to make an acquisition in the form of Cloud Party. Cloud Party is a free virtual gaming world experience that is based on virtual reality. Cloud Party team...

The End of the FCC’s Net Neutrality Rules, at Least For Now


As most commentators, myself included, predicted last fall, a federal appellate court has vacated the FCC’s controversial 2010 “net neutrality” rules, holding that the agency wildly exceeded its...

Government Panel urges To End Phone Data Spying


Government oversight panel urges end to phone data spying, records purge WASHINGTON (AP) — A sharply divided government task force that reviewed the National Security Agency's surveillance program...