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10 things in tech you need to know today

Good morning! This is the tech news you need to know this Tuesday. Sign up here to get this email in your inbox every morning. Trump reportedly said TikTok has until September 15 to find a US buyer or it will be banned — and that the US Treasury should get payment as part of the sale. Trump previously threatened to imminently ban the app, which is owned by ByteDance, a Beijing-based company. TikTok's owner ByteDance is looking outside of the US for its new TikTok headquarters. In a statement M...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Twitter, Elon Musk, New York, California, Russia, Singapore, US, Trends, Tesla, Beijing, US Treasury, Ubisoft, Garmin, Alexa


Astronauts Made Prank Calls From SpaceX Crew Dragon

PolygamousRanchKid shares a report from CNET: NASA's Doug Hurley and his crewmate Bob Behnken had a satellite phone at their disposal after splashdown on Sunday. At a press conference later that day, Hurley filled us in on what they did with their spare time as they floated around. "Five hours ago we were in a spaceship bobbing around making prank satellite phone calls to whoever we could get ahold of," Hurley said. "Which was kind of fun, by the way." Hurley suggested the satellite phone bill s...
Tags: Spacex, Elon Musk, Tech, Nasa, Cnet, Hurley, Behnken, Bob Behnken, Doug Hurley


Musk on Cybertruck: If They Don’t Like It, We’ll Go Boring

Tesla CEO Elon Musk was on top of his game during an interview with Automotive News last week. By that, we mean his ego and various personality quirks came through like a shaft of sunlight parting a fog bank. Musk announced during the talk that his company performed no customer research before designing and revealing […] The post Musk on Cybertruck: If They Don’t Like It, We’ll Go Boring appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Elon Musk, Technology, Safety, Tesla, Autos, Musk, Autopilot, Automotive News, News Blog, Product Planning, Future Models, Cybertruck, Tesla Cybertruck


SpaceX Asks FCC To Allow 5 Times More Internet Terminals for Starlink's Satellites

CNBC reports: SpaceX said Starlink, its nascent satellite internet service, has already seen "extraordinary demand" from potential customers, with "nearly 700,000 individuals" across the United States indicating they are interested in the company's coming service. Due to the greater-than-expected interest, SpaceX filed a request with the Federal Communications Commission on Friday — asking to increase the number of authorized user terminals to 5 million from 1 million. User terminals are the dev...
Tags: Spacex, Elon Musk, Fcc, Tech, Canada, United States, Federal Communications Commission, Cnbc, StarLink


Tesla Engineer Reinvents Chocolate Chip for Maximum Taste and Melt

"Silicon Valley, long obsessed with computer chips, is now disrupting chocolate ones," writes the New York Post: Remy Labesque, a Los-Angeles based industrial engineer working for Elon Musk's Tesla, has re-engineered the chocolate chip for the optimization-obsessed set. Thirty bucks gets you 17.6 ounces, or about 142, of the expertly forged chocolate geodes, which are molded to "melt at the right rate," according to Todd Masonis, co-founder of San Francisco's Dandelion Chocolate, which makes a...
Tags: New York Post, Elon Musk, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Tech, Tesla, Bloomberg, Silicon Valley, Todd Masonis, Masonis, Remy Labesque, Labesque


Twitter hack: US and UK teens arrested over breach of celebrity accounts

Three men charged in hack that saw accounts of Barack Obama, Joe Biden and Elon Musk compromised in bitcoin scamAuthorities have charged three men in a major Twitter breach this month that hacked the accounts of prominent politicians, celebrities and technology moguls to scam people around the globe out of more than $100,000 in bitcoin.The suspects include a 19-year-old British man from Bognor Regis, a 22-year-old man from Orlando, Florida, and a teenager from Tampa, Florida. Continue reading...
Tags: Twitter, Elon Musk, UK, Technology, Internet, US, World news, US news, Hacking, US crime, Bognor Regis, Orlando Florida, Tampa Florida, Barack Obama Joe Biden


Three People Charged in Twitter Bitcoin Hack [Updated]

A Florida teenager, who is accused of being the "mastermind" behind the July hacking of social media site Twitter, has been arrested, according to Tampa's WFLA Channel 8 News site. 17-year-old Graham Clark is facing 30 felony charges for "scamming people across America" with the Twitter hack. He's been accused of organized fraud, 17 counts of communication fraud, one count of fraudulent use of personal information with over $100,000 or 30 or more victims, 10 counts of fraudulent use of person...
Tags: Apple, Twitter, Elon Musk, Florida, Featured, Microsoft, America, Barack Obama, Tesla, Joe Biden, United Kingdom, Warren, Jeff Bezos, Doj, Tampa, Anderson


Twitter Hackers Used 'Phone Spear Phishing Attack' to Pull Off Bitcoin Scam

Twitter has provided another update on the security breach two weeks ago that saw the Twitter accounts of Apple and other high-profile figures and companies hacked by bitcoin scammers. According to the company, a small number of employees were targeted in a "phone spear phishing attack," suggesting that hackers called some of its staff and duped them into thinking they were speaking with fellow Twitter employees, leading them to reveal the credentials the hackers needed to access internal ac...
Tags: Apple, Twitter, Elon Musk, Microsoft, Barack Obama, Tesla, Joe Biden, Jeff Bezos


Elon Musk and Bill Gates are sparring over Gates' criticism of Musk's coronavirus comments. Here are 10 other rivalries that have formed between some of the world's biggest tech leaders.

While there are many close friendships among tech CEOs in Silicon Valley, there are plenty of feuds, too.  Some appear to be friendly rivalries — like Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff and Oracle CEO Larry Ellison — but others have become more contentious.  Tim Cook and Mark Zuckerberg, for example, have been openly feuding for years, while Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos have made digs at each other over outer space.  Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Silicon Valley is a breeding ground...
Tags: Apple, Amazon, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Twitter, Spacex, Elon Musk, Cook, Jobs, Instagram, Microsoft, Steve Jobs, Washington, Time, US, San Francisco


Elon Musk is sparring with Bill Gates after he criticized Musk's coronavirus comments. Here are 10 other rivalries that have formed between some of the world's biggest tech leaders.

While there are many close friendships among tech CEOs in Silicon Valley, there are plenty of feuds, too.  Some appear to be friendly rivalries — like Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff and Oracle CEO Larry Ellison — but others have become more contentious.  Tim Cook and Mark Zuckerberg, for example, have been openly feuding for years, while Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos have made digs at each other over outer space.  Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Silicon Valley is a breeding ground...
Tags: Apple, Amazon, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Twitter, Spacex, Elon Musk, Cook, Jobs, Instagram, Microsoft, Steve Jobs, Washington, Time, US, San Francisco


Starship SN5 completes engine test – short, low-altitude flight test to follow ‘soon’ says Elon Musk

The sixth full-scale testing prototype of SpaceX’s Starship has successfully completed a key static fire test of its Raptor engines, according to SpaceX founders and CEO Elon Musk . The so-called ‘SN5’ Starship prototype is now ready to move on to a 150m (nearly 500 feet) short duration flight test, which would mark the furthest yet that one of these testing spacecraft has made it through SpaceX’s planned development program. SpaceX has been building and testing Starship prototypes (whic...
Tags: TC, Space, Spacex, Elon Musk, Science, Tech, Ceo, Mars, Falcon 9, Spaceflight, Aerospace, Hyperloop, Spacecraft, Musk, Falcon Heavy, Falcon


Jeff Bezos is about to defend his Amazon empire before Congress. Here's how the richest person in the world makes and spends his $178 billion fortune.

Jeff Bezos, the wealthiest person alive, is now richer than he's ever been. Bezos made his fortune from online retail giant Amazon, but has drawn increasing criticism over the company's size and is slated to defend it at a Congressional tech antitrust hearing on Wednesday. Bezos pledged to spend $10 billion to fight climate change in February and promised $100 million to food banks in April. Bezos was the first person in modern history to accumulate a fortune of over $100 billion — and he curr...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Mark Zuckerberg, Post, Elon Musk, Yahoo, Congress, La, US, America, Trends, Tesla, Bloomberg, Nasa, Earth, Washington Dc


Elon Musk says Tesla is open to licensing Autopilot, supplying powertrains and batteries to other automakers

Tesla CEO Elon Musk noted on Twitter on Tuesday night that the automaker would be “open to licensing software and supplying powertrains & batteries” to other automakers. Musk added that that would even include Autopilot, the advanced driver assistance software that Tesla offers to provide intelligent cruise control in a number of different driving scenarios. Musk was addressing a Teslerati article about how German automakers are looking to close the technology gap between themselves and Te...
Tags: TC, Transportation, Elon Musk, Tech, Tesla, Ceo, Automotive, Vw, Ford, Transport, Volkswagen, Sustainable Energy, GreenTech, Electric Car, Chairman, Hyperloop


Apple has acquired more AI startups than Google, Facebook or any other Big Tech company. Is Apple bulking up in AI or just catching up?

Apple bought more AI companies than any of its big tech competitors between 2010 and 2019, according to an analysis from CB Insights. Many of these purchases have been used to create new features on Apple's flagship iPhones. But others may help power Apple's shift towards digital products as sales for those services rise. As sales of the iPhone have dipped, income from products like Apple Pay and Apple Music may be the company's future. Apple faces some blowback in its push into services. The ...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Europe, Elon Musk, Cook, Microsoft, Trends, Siri, Tim Cook, Machine Learning, App Store, North America, Apple Music, Alexa, Cb Insights


Elon Musk says he's terrified of AI taking over the world, and is most scared of Google's 'DeepMind' AI project (TSLA, GOOGL)

Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk has repeatedly said that he thinks artificial intelligence poses a threat to humanity. Of the companies working on AI technology, Musk is most concerned by the Google-owned DeepMind project, he said in a new interview with the New York Times. "The nature of the AI that they're building is one that crushes all humans at all games," he said. "It's basically the plotline in 'WarGames.'" In the 1983 film "WarGames," starring Matthew Broderick, a supercomputer trained...
Tags: Google, Spacex, Elon Musk, US, Trends, Tesla, New York Times, Alibaba, Ufc, Times, Jack Ma, Musk, Soviet Union, Shanghai China, Matthew Broderick, Swayze Valentine


"She was wearing a head piece made of Vantablack, the blackest black that anything could be."

"There was only one person who noticed and that was Stephen Colbert. On the back of my tuxedo jacket — which was sort of like an inverted priest jacket with the jacket being white and the collar being black — I had in big, black, gothic script, 'Novus ordo seclorum.'"Said Elon Musk, describing how he met Grimes, the mother of his newest baby. He's quoted in "Elon Musk, Blasting Off in Domestic Bliss/The billionaire space oddity on life with Grimes and Baby X, Trump, Tesla, tunnels, short shorts,...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Fashion, Elon Musk, Law, Stephen Colbert, Larry Page, Conversation, Silicon Valley, Grimes, Monsters, Musk, Blackness, Marie Antoinette, Maureen Dowd, Roko


The wild life of billionaire Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey, who eats one meal a day, has faced attempted oustings, and is now cleaning up after a colossal hack that took over 130 high-profile Twitter accounts (TWTR)

Jack Dorsey cofounded Twitter in 2006, and the company has made him a billionaire. He is famous for his unusual life of luxury, including a daily fasting routine, regular ice baths, and a penchant for dating models. Dorsey holds two CEO jobs at Twitter and Square, and activist investor Elliott Management has threatened to oust him from Twitter. Dorsey is now on damage control following a massive July 15 hack on Twitter that compromised more than 100 accounts, including those of Elon Musk and B...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Twitter, Japan, Elon Musk, Obama, Congress, Washington, Cbs News, Africa, US, San Francisco, Barack Obama, Trends


More Than 1,000 People at Twitter Had Ability To Aid Hack of Accounts

More than a thousand Twitter employees and contractors as of earlier this year had access to internal tools that could change user account settings and hand control to others, Reuters is reporting citing two former employees said, making it hard to defend against the hacking that occurred last week. From the report: Twitter and the FBI are investigating the breach that allowed hackers to repeatedly tweet from verified accounts of the likes of Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden, billiona...
Tags: Elon Musk, Tech, Joe Biden, Fbi, Reuters, Bill Gates Tesla, New York Mayor Mike Bloomberg Twitter


10 things in tech you need to know today

Good morning! This is the tech news you need to know this Friday. Sign up here to get this email in your inbox every morning. Amazon invested in startups and gained proprietary information before launching competitors, often crushing the smaller companies in the process, according to the Wall Street Journal. The Journal spoke with startups who said Amazon made similar hardware and software products after purchasing stakes in the companies. Former Wirecard COO and fugitive Jan Marsalek appears ...
Tags: Apple, Amazon, Facebook, Europe, Elon Musk, UK, London, Youtube, Trends, Analytics, Intel, West, Hsbc, Donald Trump, Alexa, Law Society


Mark Zuckerberg reportedly blamed the 'global recession' last month for why Facebook wouldn't match employee donations amid racial justice protests (FB)

Mark Zuckerberg told Facebook employees the company might not be able to introduce a donation-matching program due to the "global recession," BuzzFeed News reported Thursday. Replying to a request from employees during an all-hands meeting in June amid ongoing racial justice protests, Zuckerberg said Facebook's revenue was "less than we expected it to be," according to BuzzFeed. Other major tech companies, such as Apple, have pledged to match employee donations to racial justice causes in the ...
Tags: Apple, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Elon Musk, California, Trends, Tesla, Donald Trump, Black, Zuckerberg, BuzzFeed News, George Floyd, BuzzFeed News While Facebook


Steve Wozniak Sues YouTube Over Twitter-Like Bitcoin Scam

Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak says YouTube has for months allowed scammers to use his name and likeness as part of a phony bitcoin giveaway similar to the one that was quickly extinguished by Twitter last week. Scammers used images and video of Wozniak, who left Apple in 1985, to convince YouTube users that he was hosting a live giveaway and anyone who sent him bitcoins will get double the number back, according to a lawsuit filed Tuesday in state court in San Mateo County, California. "But whe...
Tags: Apple, Twitter, Elon Musk, Microsoft, Youtube, Tech, Bill Gates, Wozniak, Steve Wozniak, Barack Obama Joe Biden, San Mateo County California


This former Googler says he's so tired of the astronomical housing prices in San Francisco that he bought land in Austin, Texas, instead (GOOG, GOOGL)

Adam Singer, a former Google marketing manager, said that after living in the Bay Area for over a decade, he's had enough of the astronomical home prices and the city not making strides to improve living conditions. In a 2019 tweetstorm, Singer aired his hang-ups with San Francisco and announced that after a trip to Austin, he and his wife purchased land and would be moving to Texas' capital. "None of my San Francisco or Bay Area friends were surprised," Singer told Business Insider of his rel...
Tags: Google, Elon Musk, Texas, California, US, San Francisco, Trends, Tesla, Austin, San Jose, Compass, Bay Area, San Francisco Bay Area, Austin Texas, Amazon Facebook, Leslie Odom Jr


Apple cofounder Steve Wozniak is suing YouTube after grifters used his likeness to promote extensive bitcoin scams (GOOG, GOOGL)

Apple cofounder Steve Wozniak has filed a complaint against YouTube over an ongoing bitcoin scam using his image and likeness as well as those of other tech executives. The lawsuit comes after several high-profile executives, celebrities, and politicians had their accounts taken over as part of a bitcoin scam on Twitter. The complaint accuses YouTube of hosting such videos for months, defrauding YouTube users out of millions of dollars. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Appl...
Tags: Apple, Twitter, Elon Musk, Microsoft, California, Youtube, Barack Obama, Trends, Tesla, Bloomberg, Michael Dell, Dell, San Mateo, Wozniak, Steve Wozniak, California County


Tesla hit a $300 billion milestone while making less than half of what Apple and Amazon were when they crossed the same mark

Tesla passed the $300 billion market cap milestone while generating less than half the revenue of Apple and Amazon when they hit the same valuation. Morgan Stanley analysts say Tesla's milestone is reflective of a large valuation premium versus when Apple and Amazon achieved the same market cap. Tesla stock has skyrocketed in recent weeks, and the company recently became eligible to join the S&P 500 after reporting its fourth consecutive profitable quarter on Wednesday. Visit Business Insider'...
Tags: Apple, Amazon, Elon Musk, California, US, Trends, Tesla, Morgan Stanley, Austin Texas


Typewise taps $1M to build an offline next word prediction engine

Swiss keyboard startup Typewise has bagged a $1 million seed round to build out a typo-busting, ‘privacy-safe’ next word prediction engine designed to run entirely offline. No cloud connectivity, no data mining risk is the basic idea. They also intend the tech to work on text inputs made on any device, be it a smartphone or desktop, a wearable, VR — or something weirder that Elon Musk might want to plug into your brain in future. For now they’ve got a smartphone keyboard app that’s had around...
Tags: Apple, Google, Elon Musk, Microsoft, Tech, Switzerland, Zurich, Sap, Fleksy, ETH, Eberle, Thomas Hofmann, Typewise, David Eberle


Twitter hackers accessed direct messages of up to 36 accounts

Hack affected more than 100 accounts including those of Elon Musk and Kanye WestThe perpetrators of an unprecedented Twitter hack accessed the direct messages of up to 36 affected accounts, including an unnamed Dutch politician, the company has confirmed.Although the internal investigation into last week’s hack, which affected more than 100 accounts and was primarily used to promote a bitcoin-based scam that raised less than $200,000 (£157,000), is ongoing, Twitter said on Thursday that the impa...
Tags: Twitter, Business, Elon Musk, Technology, Media, Internet, Social Media, UK News, World news, US news, Blogging, Hacking, Digital Media, Kanye WestThe


Tesla Turns a Profit For the Fourth Quarter In a Row, Chooses Austin For Next Gigafactory

Tesla turned a profit of $104 million in the second quarter of 2020. "As a result, Tesla has now been profitable for four straight quarters for the first time in company history -- an elusive benchmark the company has long sought," reports The Verge. The company also announced it will build its newest Gigafactory near Austin, Texas. CNBC reports: The area takes up about 2,000 acres and will be roughly 15 minutes from downtown Austin, Musk said. He said the factory will be an "eecological paradis...
Tags: Elon Musk, California, Tech, Tesla, Cnbc, Musk, Gigafactory, Austin Texas, Colorado River, Fremont California, Fremont Factory, North America Musk, Austin Musk, North America Travis County


Twitter Says Hackers Accessed the Direct Messages of 36 Accounts in Last Week's Breach

Twitter is continuing to investigate last week's security breach that saw the Twitter accounts of Apple and other high-profile figures and companies hacked by bitcoin scammers, and today the social media company confirmed that hackers accessed the Direct Messages of 36 Twitter accounts. Twitter previously said that no passwords were stolen in the hack, which was a "coordinated social engineering attack" that targeted Twitter employees. Hackers were able to gain access to employee credentials,...
Tags: Apple, Twitter, Elon Musk, Tesla, Joe Biden, Netherlands, Jeff Bezos, U S President Barack Obama Microsoft


Tesla picks Austin for its next U.S. factory to build Cybertruck, Semi truck, Model Y

Tesla has picked a site near Austin for its next U.S. factory, a 4- to 5-million square foot $1.1 billion plant that will assemble the automaker’s futuristic Cybertruck, the Tesla Semi and the Model Y and Model 3 for sales to customers on the East Coast.  The decision announced Wednesday during the Tesla second-quarter earnings call marks the end of a fast and furious hunt for the best location — and accompanying incentives deal — for its next U.S. factory. Construction on the factory, whic...
Tags: Transportation, Elon Musk, Texas, California, China, Tech, Tesla, Austin, Automotive, Electric Vehicles, Nashville, Oklahoma, Musk, Gigafactory, Tulsa, Berlin Germany


Tesla picks Austin for its next US factory to build Cybertruck, Semi truck, Model Y

Tesla has picked a site near Austin for its next U.S. factory, a four to five-million-square foot $1.1 billion plant that will assemble the automaker’s futuristic Cybertruck, the Tesla Semi and the Model Y and Model 3 for sales to customers on the East Coast.  The decision announced Wednesday during the Tesla second-quarter earnings call marks the end of a fast and furious hunt for the best location — and accompanying incentives deal — for its next U.S. factory. Construction on the factory,...
Tags: Transportation, Elon Musk, Texas, California, China, US, Tech, Tesla, Austin, Automotive, Electric Vehicles, Nashville, Oklahoma, Musk, Gigafactory, Tulsa



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