SENATE APPROVES CISA: The Senate approved legislation designed to enhance U.S. cybersecurity over objections from privacy advocates. “The Cy­ber­se­cur­ity In­form­a­tion Shar­ing Act, or CISA, passed the Sen­ate 74-21,” National Journal reports.

“Since the House earli­er this year passed two dif­fer­ent ver­sions of a cy­ber-in­form­a­tion-shar­ing bill, law­makers from the Sen­ate and House will have to come to­geth­er in a con­fer­ence to align their ver­sions of the le­gis­la­tion in­to a fi­nal, uni­fied ver­sion of the bill that will need to be passed again by both cham­bers be­fore it can be signed in­to law. Op­pos­i­tion to the bill, which would provide in­cent­ives to private busi­nesses to share in­form­a­tion about on­line threats with each oth­er and with the fed­er­al gov­ern­ment, was led by the Sen­ate’s pri­vacy hawks—Ron Wyden, Patrick Leahy, and Al Franken—and backed by civil liber­ties groups and tech com­pan­ies who were un­happy with the bill’s pri­vacy pro­tec­tions.”

NEW RULES ALLOW YOU TO HACK YOUR CAR: Rules released by the Library of Congress Tuesday make it legal to hack a car, a smart TV, jailbreak a smartphone and a variety of other activities that could uncover code flaws in the emerging Internet of Things. “Almost all new cars have computers inside them, some of which suffer from serious vulnerabilities. In some cases, car companies manipulate their vehicles’ software to cheat on emissions tests. Despite these concerns, Americans have not been allowed to poke around inside their cars’ software to find bugs or other worrisome code,” the Daily Dot reports. “The Electronic Frontier Foundation, which had lobbied heavily to win exemptions for car software hacking, celebrated its win in a statement. ‘This ‘access control’ rule is supposed to protect against unlawful copying,’ said EFF staff attorney Kit Walsh. ‘But as we’ve seen in the recent Volkswagen scandal—where VW was caught manipulating smog tests—it can be used instead to hide wrongdoing hidden in computer code.'”

TWITTER EARNINGS REPORT UNDER SCRUTINY: Twitter’s first earnings report since Jack Dorsey became the permanent CEO is under scrutiny as the site tries to grow its audience. “Twitter reported revenue of $569 million for the quarter Tuesday, and an increase in its monthly user base to 320 million — up from 316 million in the previous quarter. It also made a weaker-than-expected fourth-quarter forecast, projecting revenue of between $695 million and $710 million. The prediction prompted Twitter’s stock to plunge nearly 12 percent in after-hours trading,” The Washington Post reports. “‘As long as they can only provide weak forward guidance, the market will continue to punish them,’ said James Gellert, chief executive of Rapid Ratings.”