Tesla to build world's largest lithium ion battery in Australia

Tesla chief Elon Musk speaks following the announcement in AdelaideImage copyright EPA Image caption Tesla chief Elon Musk said the battery was the world's largest "by a significant margin"

An Australian state will install the world's largest lithium ion battery in a "historic" deal with electric car firm Tesla and energy company Neoen.

The battery will protect South Australia from the kind of energy crisis which famously blacked out[1] the state, Premier Jay Weatherill said.

Tesla boss Elon Musk confirmed a much-publicised promise[2] to build it within 100 days, or do it for free.

The 100-megawatt (129 megawatt hour) battery should be ready this year.

"There is certainly some risk, because this will be largest battery installation in the world by a significant margin," Mr Musk said in Adelaide on Friday.

He added that "the next biggest battery in the world is 30 megawatts".

Large capacity

The Tesla-built battery, paired with a Neoen wind farm, will operate around the clock and be capable of providing additional power during emergencies, the government said.

"It will completely transform the way in which renewable energy is stored, and also stabilise the South Australian network as well as putting downward pressure on prices," Mr Weatherill said.

Mr Musk's 100-day pledge will begin once an electricity grid interconnection agreement has been signed.

Tesla has been expanding its battery business alongside its car production.

South Australia has suffered from blackouts since September last year, leading to a political spat over energy policy.

The row culminated in a bizarre confrontation[5] between Mr Weatherill and a federal government minister at a press conference in March....

References

  1. ^ blacked out (www.bbc.co.uk)
  2. ^ much-publicised promise (www.bbc.co.uk)
  3. ^ Musk:I can solve Australia power crisis (www.bbc.co.uk)
  4. ^ The freak storm that took out a state (www.bbc.co.uk)
  5. ^ bizarre confrontation (www.bbc.co.uk)

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John McAfee settles Intel legal action over name

John McAfeeImage copyright Getty Images Image caption John McAfee wanted to rename his current company

John McAfee, known for the anti-virus software bearing his surname, has settled legal action with technology giant Intel over the commercial use of his name.

The chip-maker had warned Mr McAfee against renaming his current company - MGT Capital Investments - as "John McAfee Global Technologies".

Intel argued this amounted to trademark infringement.

It bought Mr McAfee's former company, McAfee Associates, in 2010.

The legal action has now been settled, and Mr McAfee has agreed not to use the phrases "McAfee Privacy Phone" or "John McAfee Global Technologies" in relation to cyber-security or security-related products and services.

Neither party admitted to wrongdoing in the settlement, which led to US district judge Paul Oetken dismissing the case five days later.

Mr McAfee has retained the right to use his name for advertising, promotions and presentations....

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Russian 'Humpty Dumpty' hacker Anikeev jailed for two years

Vladimir Anikeev smiles at the camera on the top of a building overlooking Marina Bay in SingaporeImage copyright Facebook Image caption Vladimir Anikeev is seeking early release from his sentence, reports say

The leader of a Russian hacking group that targeted the emails of high-profile Kremlin figures has been given two years in prison by a Moscow court.

Vladimir Anikeev's group "Shaltai Boltai" (Humpty Dumpty) was notorious for hacks including the Twitter account of Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev.

He was tried amid tight secrecy and convicted of unauthorised access to computer information.

Anikeev argued he was defending freedom of information and the internet.

A former journalist, he denied that Humpty Dumpty was political or had links to the FSB security service.Two other men have also been accused in the case, Alexander Filinov and Konstantin Teplyakov.

Among the Kremlin figures he was accused of targeting were presidential aide Andrei Belousov, the prime minister's press secretary Natalya Timakova and state TV presenter Dmitry Kiselyov, who also heads the Sputnik news agency.

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Media captionHumpty Dumpty member Alexander Glazastikov:"Most of what we published was a matter of public interest."

Anikeev's defence said it would not contest the sentence but would make a plea for early release, news agency Ria Novosti reported.He has already spent several months in custody.

Earlier this year, the BBC interviewed another member of the Humpty Dumpty group, Alexander Glazastikov, in Estonia.

Initially the group was "a politically-oriented project in opposition to the Kremlin" that targeted domestic corruption, he said.

Then he claimed that last year Anikeev had been approached by a senior member of the FSB.An FSB official was among those arrested earlier this year....

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Germany busts Elysium child sex abuse website

Handcuffs - file picImage copyright Getty Images Image caption A special Frankfurt cybercrime unit led the investigation into child abuse

German police have busted a child sex abuse site on the dark web where images and videos were exchanged.

The secret Elysium website had 87,000 members and was launched on the internet in December, prosecutors say.

The suspected ringleader, a 39-year-old man, was arrested in the state of Hesse.The forum was also used to make appointments to abuse children.

Police seized the website's server.They found that toddlers were among the children sexually abused, reports say.

Several suspected users of the site have been arrested in Germany and Austria....

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