"Joe Pasqua, who works for a database company in San Carlos, California, helped reverse-engineer, or decode, the protocols used to send messages between the official Tesla iPhone app and the company’s servers. After logging in with a username and password, Model S owners can use the app to access a range of data and configure various systems in their car. Pasqua has created a free app called Visible Tesla that uses the official app’s protocols to track the status of systems in a Model S over time and can be used to schedule commands. 'You can do all the basic control functions,' he told me. 'You can unlock the doors, and you can turn on the heater or air conditioner, and you can change the temperature, open the sunroof—things like that. You can get location information; you can control the charging function.'"
"Electric-car maker Tesla Motors Inc. has begun selling used versions of its Model S electric cars on its website, an important step for the luxury car maker as it matures from a startup to a mainstream company. It certified vehicle program, which Tesla launched without fanfare about a week ago, opens the door to purchasing Tesla's cars at a lower price than its new vehicles, while offering the manufacturer's maintenance and reliability checks. Like other luxury car makers, Tesla offers an extended, 4-year or 50,000-mile limited warranty on its used vehicles."
"Tesla reached a deal to acquire Riviera Tool, marking the first acquisition for the burgeoning electric-vehicle and battery manufacturer, said a person familiar with the matter. Riviera, which makes stamping parts that are shipped to Tesla's assembly plant in Fremont, Calif., has about 100 employees. Tesla is expected to retain those workers and eventually rename the operation Tesla Tool & Die, said the source who is not authorized to speak publicly about the transaction."