Friday: Signal against spies, VW ID.3 against problems and home office against Covid

While the developers of the signal messenger expose widespread spy software, a US university is locked out of the Linux kernel collaboration because it has apparently deliberately submitted incorrect patches – “for research purposes”. Heise Autos made a conscious decision to undergo a four-month practical test for the VW ID.3 and the German hope for compact electric cars.

The new amendment to the Infection Protection Act known as the “Corona emergency brake” also wants to combat the third wave of the corona pandemic with more home offices. For this, however, fast internet should be available and this provides for the months of contested and now resolved reform of the Telecommunications Act (TKG). The most important of the day in brief.

The Cellebrite kit, which the signal developers were able to examine for weak points, “fell from the truck”. The Israeli company Cellebrite is regularly criticized for its Espionage and data analysis products are used in countries with democratic deficits. The developers of the Signal Messenger show by video how a prepared iPhone cancels the Cellebrite espionage software used by investigative authorities.

The University of Minnesota has also broken itself out because it is now locked out of the Linux kernel collaboration. Apparently a group of students at the university had sent in faulty patches – with full intent and for current research. Kernel developer Kroah-Hartman reacted consistently and permanently excluded the university from working on the Linux kernel.

Sooner or later, many drivers are likely to be caught and will taken up by e-mobilitywhen a previously loyal and cherished compact combustion engine for city traffic gives up the ghost or becomes unprofitable. An alternative to the Polo or Fiesta is the VW ID.3, which started with a few problems. Everyday life with an electric car shows what VW has achieved – and what not. After the four-month practical test of the VW ID.3, we know what the German hopefuls are good for.

Whether that has now been decided Amendment to the Infection Protection Act good for the much-invoked “Corona emergency brake” cannot yet be assessed, but it does include a nationwide home office obligation for employees. So far, employers have only been obliged to offer work from home wherever possible. For the first time, the reform of the law provides for a double duty to relocate more professional activities to the home office.

Fast internet at home should also be a prerequisite for this. The Bundestag has also initiated this. After a long argument, a extensive package of rules for the telecommunications industry adopted. The expansion of fiber optics is to be accelerated. With the TKG amendment, the Bundestag resolves “fast” Internet for everyone – or at least a legal right to it.

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