NewsBytes Briefing: Tesla surprises customers with two-for-one offer, and more
Tesla customers were in for a surprise when they received two withdrawals instead of one for vehicles that cost anywhere between $37,000 and $100,000. Allegedly, hundreds of Tesla customers were charged twice for their cars. Worse yet, Tesla refused to help and asked them to seek refunds from their bank instead. Unfortunately, that might take more than a month.
Speaking of Big Tech destroying lives, remember Facebook, Amazon, and Twitter had lied about how Parler encouraged the Capitol Hit incident? Well, even as Facebook allowed the rioters to assemble and coordinate using its Groups feature, Parler was busy trying to warn FBI about the bad apples on its platform. Unfortunately, Parler is all but dead and lying Big Tech has triumphed yet again.
Swatch has a surprising history of trolling Apple through the years and doing a damn fine job of it. The Swiss watchmaker had previously mocked Apple's "Think Different" catchphrase with its "Tick Different" marketing campaign. This was followed by preemptively trademarking iWatch to prevent Apple from using it in UK. And now the savvy watchmaker has trademarked Apple's "One more thing" catchphrase.
Swatch isn't the only thing troubling Apple. The chronic scarcity of water in Taiwan has prompted Apple's chipmaker TSMC to spend a fortune on water tankers. That could result in a substantial 25 percent price hike in the chips used in the iPhone 13. With iPhone prices having crossed the $1,000 mark long back, it's hard to imagine how one can stomach another increase.
MobiKwik could also be looking at unexpected expenses in the form of hush money. A hacker has put up a massive cache of credit/debit card details, phone numbers, and Aadhaar as well as PAN numbers, in addition to other personally identifiable details of MobiKwik users on the darknet. The unidentified hacker is now demanding 1.5 Bitcoins to safely delete the data dump.