Every day we wake up, drink a cup of coffee, and get ready for work. Following are a handful of stories from around the tech world condensed to fit into one single cup of coffee. These are the things you need to know before you step foot out of your door (or in front of a webcam) and into the real world this morning.
So sit back, grab a cup, and start your morning off right with a few “Quick Bytes” from Innovation & Tech Today.
Hackers Steal $196 Million from Bitmart
Bitmart has confirmed it was hacked recently, claiming it had lost about $150 million in assets. Security firm Peckshield estimates the loss at more like $196 million. It has not yet been confirmed whether the loss was in customer funds, company funds, or if affected users would be reimbursed. Among the currencies taken were ethereum, binance, safemoon, and shiba inu.
Tesla Being Investigated Over Solar Panels Catching Fire
The Securities and Exchange Commission has reportedly opened an investigation into Tesla over its solar panels business. They are looking into whether Tesla withheld data with regard to fire risk with regard to its panels. The investigation follows a 2019 whistleblower complaint and a lawsuit by Walmart over a fire. The whistleblower, Steven Henkes, alleged the company knew of defective electrical connections and failed to warn customers.
DoorDash is Testing 15-Minute Grocery Deliveries
DoorDash is testing a lightning-fast grocery delivery service in New York City. The company goal is to deliver within 15 minutes of an order being placed. The service is currently only available from a DashMart in Chelsea, but the company hopes to expand over the coming months. DashMart gives DoorDash drivers a place to stop and acquire various items for deliveries and will service deliveries in a small radius.
Toyota to Build $1.3 Billion Battery Facility
Toyota announced it will be building it’s first battery factory in North Carolina by 2025. The company is spending $1.29 billion on the facility, which will be named Toyota Battery Manufacturing. Toyota’s goal is to expand the factory to produce enough batteries for 1.2 million vehicles per year. They estimate the plant will bring some 1,750 new jobs and run on 100% renewable energy.