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Tesla employees fear for their jobs more than workers at any other major tech firm

Tesla employees are most afraid of layoffs at their company, according to a survey of more than 8,000 tech workers by workplace chat app Blind. Last month Tesla cut 7% of its workforce. Out of the major tech companies, Google's employees feel like they have the most job security. A survey by workplace chat app Blind shows that out of all the major tech companies, Tesla's employees most fear being laid off. Blind surveyed 8,230 tech workers over a week at the beginning of this month. Overall, ...
Tags: Google, Elon Musk, Ebay, Trends, Tesla, MacBook Air, Musk, Blind, Elon


Elon Musk's 'reckless' comment about the capabilities of Tesla's Autopilot could put drivers at risk, an analyst says (TSLA)

Tesla CEO Elon Musk said during the automaker's fourth-quarter earnings call that Autopilot, Tesla's semi-autonomous driver-assistance system, was capable of full autonomy on highways. No auto or tech company has created a fully or semi-autonomous driving system that can operate on the highway without any human attention, Mary Cummings, a professor at Duke who studies the interaction between humans and autonomous driving systems, told Business Insider. Musk has overstated Autopilot's capabilit...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Elon Musk, US, Trends, Tesla, Arizona, TSLA, Cbs, Honda, Duke, Musk, Autopilot, Elon, Harley, Cummings


Elon Musk said a Tesla 'dog mode' is rolling out this week, and it might stop pooches from overheating in cars

This week Tesla cars will receive an update this week, which includes a "dog mode." A fan tweeted at Elon Musk in October asking for a dog mode which keeps the AC on and plays music. Musk said on Thursday that the update will be rolling out this week along with a new security feature "safety mode," which blasts classical music if the car detects it's being broken into. Elon Musk has confirmed that Tesla will be rolling out an update this week called "dog mode." Musk received a request for a d...
Tags: Apple, Elon Musk, China, Trends, Tesla, Xiaomi, Musk, Cadillac, American Veterinary Medical Association


Aurora cofounder and CEO Chris Urmson on the company’s new investor, Amazon, and much more

You might not think of self-driving technologies and politics having much in common, but at least in one way, they overlap meaningfully: yesterday’s enemy can be tomorrow’s ally. Such was the message we gleaned Thursday night, at a small industry event in San Francisco, where we had the chance to sit down with Chris Urmson, the cofounder and CEO of Aurora, a company that (among many others) is trying to transform how both people and goods are moved. It was a big day for Urmson. Earlier the same ...
Tags: Google, Amazon, TC, Uber, Elon Musk, California, China, San Francisco, Tech, Tesla, Atlantic, Sequoia Capital, Anderson, Sequoia, Musk, Pittsburgh


Tesla 'Dog Mode' Will Stop Pets From Overheating In Cars, Elon Musk Says

Tesla CEO Elon Musk said his fleet of electric vehicles will be getting a "dog mode" to protect pets from overheating. The feature, which will be rolled out next week, will be able to detect when a pet is locked inside the car -- and keep the temperature at a safe level. The New Zealand Herald reports: There will also likely be a display or some form of communication to inform passers-by that the dog is safe. The feature was added after Musk was inundated with tweets from customers. In October, ...
Tags: Elon Musk, Tech, Tesla, Musk, New Zealand Herald


Companies raising supergiant VC aren’t getting any younger

Jason Rowley Contributor Jason Rowley is a venture capital and technology reporter for Crunchbase News. More posts by this contributor Coastal startups don’t have a monopoly on raising big at early-stage Following a record year, Illinois startups kick off 2019 on a strong foot This week, point-to-point “microtransit” service company Lime announced it raised $310 million in a Series D round, which valued the company at $2.4 billion...
Tags: TC, Column, Elon Musk, Tech, Venture Capital, Illinois, Musk, Crunchbase, Lime, Jason Rowley, Crunchbase News More


Trump's Border Wall Could Split SpaceX's Texas Launchpad In Two

An anonymous reader quotes the Los Angeles Times A launchpad on the U.S.-Mexico border, which it plans to use for rockets carrying humans around the world and eventually to Mars, could be split in two by the Trump administration's planned wall... Lawmakers said they were concerned about the effect on the company's 50-acre facility after seeing a Department of Homeland Security map showing a barrier running through what they described as a launchpad... James Gleeson, a SpaceX spokesman, decline...
Tags: Spacex, Texas, Mexico, Tech, Dhs, Mars, Department Of Homeland Security, Los Angeles Times, Musk, Trump, U S Customs, Border Protection, James Gleeson, South Texas Launch


Elon Musk tweets photos of SpaceX’s milestone test of Raptor rocket engine

SpaceX plans to use its new Raptor engines to power Starship and Super Heavy, two craft that would be used on a future Mars journey.The company has been testing its Raptor engines in Texas this week, though Thursday's announcement is the first time the engine has been shown able to produce the force necessary to lift Super Heavy and Starship.Raptor is powered by methane, a fuel source that SpaceX chose because the company hopes to someday generate it on Mars. None SpaceX has successfully tested ...
Tags: Space, Spacex, Elon Musk, Texas, Science, Technology, Nasa, Engineering, Innovation, Mars, Musk, Starship, Raptor, Texas Raptor


Elon Musk interview reveals whether he prefers Nikola Tesla to Thomas Edison

In 2008, Elon Musk told an interviewer about his role models.His father had less of an influence than has been reported.Musk was a fan of both Edison and Tesla but preferred Edison. None Who was the greater genius — Thomas Edison or Nikola Tesla? As the founder of Tesla Motors, you'd expect Elon Musk to be on the side of Tesla, but you wouldn't be fully right.As he explains in a 2008 interview, Elon Musk saw both Edison and Tesla as role models. He read books about both and found both of the vis...
Tags: Apple, Energy, Transportation, Spacex, Elon Musk, Technology, Microsoft, Future, America, Tesla, Computers, Discovery, Innovation, Invention, Electricity, Nikola Tesla


This Elon Musk interview reveals whether he prefers Nikola Tesla to Thomas Edison

In 2008, Elon Musk told an interviewer about his role models.His father had less of an influence than has been reported.Musk was a fan of both Edison and Tesla but preferred Edison. None Who was the greater genius — Thomas Edison or Nikola Tesla? As the founder of Tesla Motors, you'd expect Elon Musk to be on the side of Tesla, but you wouldn't be fully right.As he explains in a 2008 interview, Elon Musk saw both Edison and Tesla as role models. He read books about both and found both of the vis...
Tags: Apple, Energy, Transportation, Spacex, Elon Musk, Technology, Microsoft, Future, America, Tesla, Computers, Discovery, Innovation, Invention, Electricity, Nikola Tesla


This Elon Musk interview reveals if he prefers Nikola Tesla or Thomas Edison

In 2008, Elon Musk told an interviewer about his role models.His father had less of an influence than has been reported.Musk was a fan of both Edison and Tesla but preferred Edison. None Who was the greater genius – Thomas Edison or Nikola Tesla? As the founder of Tesla Motors, you'd expect Elon Musk to be on the side of Tesla, but you wouldn't be fully right.As he explains in a 2008 interview, Elon Musk saw both Edison and Tesla as role models. He read books about both and found both of the vis...
Tags: Apple, Energy, Transportation, Spacex, Elon Musk, Technology, Microsoft, Steve Jobs, Future, America, Tesla, Computers, Discovery, Innovation, Invention, Electricity


Elon Musk Explains Why He's Building 'Starship' Out of Stainless Steel

Long-time Slashdot reader darkwing_bmf writes: In an exclusive interview with Popular Mechanics, SpaceX founder Elon Musk explains why stainless steel is the best material to build rocket ships, beating carbon fiber in cost, durability and even weight. "As far as we know, this marks the first time the material has been used in spacecraft construction since some early, ill-fated attempts during the Atlas program in the late 1950s," reports Popular Mechanics. "It took me quite a bit of effort ...
Tags: Elon Musk, Tech, Musk, Slashdot, Stainless Steel, Popular Mechanics SpaceX


Tesla has booked two straight quarters of profits — here are the 5 biggest takeaways from that achievement (TSLA)

Tesla booked a profit in the fourth quarter, after doing the same in Q3. Tesla has now changed things for Wall Street, for its competition, and for customers. The biggest takeaway is that Tesla might now become a much more boring company. Tesla reported a second consecutive profitable quarter last week — something skeptics thought might never happen.  It wasn't what Wall Street expected, but after 15 years of losing money, Tesla finally turned in six months of moneymaking.  The unprecedented ...
Tags: Apple, Facebook, California, US, Trends, Tesla, TSLA, Musk, Teslas, Ford Chevy


Elon Musk should be able to fly his jet anywhere he wants (TSLA)

Elon Musk flew 150,000 miles in 2018 on a $70-million private jet. SpaceX reportedly billed Tesla $700,000 for Musk's use of the aircraft. Neither SpaceX nor Tesla has expressed any reservations about Musk's travel. Musk can fly his place anywhere he wants, and in fact the returns for his efforts have been considerable. In the days leading up to Tesla fourth-quarter earnings report, an unexpected controversy broke out for a company that's no stranger to monthly and even weekly crisis manageme...
Tags: Google, Asia, Post, Spacex, Elon Musk, Washington Post, US, Los Angeles, Trends, Tesla, Nasa, TSLA, Silicon Valley, Mars, West Coast, Boeing


Tesla says the Model Y is coming in 2020

The Tesla Model Y — the SUV electric vehicle that CEO Elon Musk has been teasing and talking about since 2015 — will begin volume production by the end of 2020, the company said Wednesday in a letter to shareholders. The automaker, which has yet to show a prototype of the vehicle, said it will begin tooling for the Model Y this year. And unlike Tesla’s other electric vehicles, the Model Y will most likely be produced at the company’s massive “gigafactory” in Nevada, Musk said during an earnin...
Tags: TC, Elon Musk, California, Cars, Tech, Tesla, Ceo, Model, Automotive, Electric Vehicles, Shanghai, Nevada, Tesla Model S, Musk, Tesla Model 3, Gigafactory


Weekly Roundup, Friday 25 January 2019

The 500 year old Chenonceau Castle in the Loire Valley – we visit it on our tour this September (see below). Good morning I hope you had a nice long weekend. I spent much of mine listening to music – through a new pair of Bluetooth equipped noise cancelling headphones.  Although I love technology and gadgets, and definitely love noise cancelling headphones, I’ve not been able to convince myself that adding Bluetooth to a regular pair of headphones is a good idea, either from a convenience or a ...
Tags: Travel, Apple, Google, Amazon, Elon Musk, London, Obama, France, Germany, Israel, US, Newsletter, Atlanta, Eu, Chicago, David


Ex-Tesla employees describe the abrupt way they were laid off and say questions linger (TSLA)

Tesla laid off 7% of its employees on Friday. Tesla employees who were let go on Friday described to Business Insider an abrupt, impersonal process that left them wondering why they had been chosen. One former employee expressed both sadness at having to leave the company and relief that she would not have to deal with the aftermath of the layoffs. Another employee described the layoffs as yet another one of Tesla's "purges," and described turnover at the company as the fastest she'd ever seen...
Tags: Google, Elon Musk, London, California, Trends, Tesla, Nevada, Musk, Cadillac, Gigafactory, FREMONT, Linette Lopez, Mark Matousek


Lessons from SpaceX: How to build the next Toyota Camry for space

M. Umair Siddiqui Contributor M. Umair Siddiqui, PhD is the chief scientist of Phase Four. In case you missed it, space is being democratized — and quickly. Last November, from a sheep farm in New Zealand, California-based Rocket Lab launched six payloads via their “It’s Business Time” small Electron rocket. The successful launch brings Rocket Lab one step closer to their goal of “super-frequent small payload deliveries .” Indeed, one of the satell...
Tags: Column, Space, Spacex, Elon Musk, Fcc, Tech, Nasa, Port Of Los Angeles, Apple Inc, Musk, Falcon, Cape Canaveral, Elon, Vector, SpaceX Falcon, ESTES


10 things in tech you need to know today

Good morning! This is the tech news you need to know this Tuesday. France fined Google $57 million for breaking Europe's strict new privacy rules. The regulator, CNIL, said Google didn't properly explain how or why it collects people's data. WhatsApp will only let people forward messages 5 times to fight fake news. The messaging app has already trialled the five-forwards restriction in India, where a series of high-profile lynchings were supposedly sparked by false information going viral on t...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Spotify, Europe, Elon Musk, France, India, Trends, Cnn, Cern, Brazil, Just Eat, Cnil, Alexa, Musk


Tesla Model 3 Is Heading To Europe

The Tesla Model 3 has cleared its last regulatory hurdle in Europe and will soon go on sale in the continent home to Audi, BMW, and Mercedes-Benz. "Deliveries should start in February for the Long Range Battery version of the midsize sedan -- the same variant first sold in the U.S. -- according to Tesla, after Dutch vehicle authority RDW issued the OK," reports Bloomberg. From the report: The European launch is crucial for Tesla as it navigates what Chief Executive Officer Elon Musk called a "ve...
Tags: Europe, Elon Musk, China, Germany, Tech, Tesla, Bloomberg, Bmw, Audi, Musk, Mercedes Benz, Volkswagen AG, Tesla Model, Audi BMW, Palo Alto California, Audi Tesla


Tesla to cut workforce by 7% and focus on Model 3 production

Tesla is cutting 7% of its full-time workforce. The company disclosed the headcount reduction in an update emailed to all employees and also posted to its website. In the email, CEO Elon Musk says the focus must be on delivering “at least the mid-range Model 3 variant in all markets”. He also warns those employees not set to be axed that there are “many companies that can offer a better work-life balance, because they are larger and more mature or in industries that are not so voraciously compet...
Tags: Asia, Europe, Elon Musk, US, Tech, Tesla, Earth, Automotive, North America, Cnbc, Musk, GAAP, Powerwall


Tesla Is Cutting 7 Percent of Its Workforce To Reduce Model 3 Price

Tesla CEO Elon Musk announced today that the company would cut 7% of its workforce in order to cut costs as the company prepares to ramp up production and boost margins as they get closer to releasing the long-awaited $35,000 version of the Model 3. CNBC reports: Musk says Tesla faces "an extremely difficult challenge" in making their products a competitive alternative to traditional vehicles, adding that he expects Q4 profit to come in significantly lower than Q3. Five experts weigh in on wheth...
Tags: Elon Musk, Tech, Tesla, Canaccord Genuity, Cnbc, Musk, Oppenheimer, Roth Capital, Needham, Westly Group, Rusch, Colin Rusch, Steve Westly, Jed Dorsheimer, Craig Irwin, Raji Gil


Elon Musk Wants To Put An AI Hardware Chip In Your Skull

"iTMunch reports that Elon Musk apparently believes that the human race can only be "saved" by implanting chips into our skulls that make us half human, half artificial intelligence," writes Slashdot reader dryriver. From the report: Elon Musk's main goal, he explains, is to wire a chip into your skull. This chip would give you the digital intelligence needed to progress beyond the limits of our biological intelligence. This would mean a full incorporation of artificial intelligence into our bod...
Tags: Elon Musk, Tech, Musk


Tesla will end its buyer referral program for ‘adding too much cost’

At the end of the month, Tesla will end a long-running referral program that offered incentives for existing Tesla owners to help drive sales. In its recent iterations, the referral system gifted new buyers who found their way to a Tesla through a friend with six months of free charging at Supercharger stations. Most recently, the referring friend would become eligible for a set of characteristically outlandish prizes, from launching a chosen photo into deep space orbit to a VIP invite to one...
Tags: TC, Elon Musk, Tech, Tesla, Automotive, Tesla Motors, Musk


Elon Musk Offered Chinese Green Card

hackingbear writes: During Elon Musk's trip to China for the ground-breaking of Tesla's first overseas factory, which will allow it to sell vehicles directly in the world's largest market for electric vehicles, he was offered a Chinese green card when he met with Premier Li Keqiang on Wednesday in Beijing, where they discussed Tesla's China ambitions. "I love China and want to come here more often," Musk was quoted as saying in the report. "If you do, we can issue you a Chinese green card," the ...
Tags: China, Tech, Tesla, Beijing, Li Keqiang, Musk, Elon Musk Offered Chinese Green Card, Bernard Feringa


Is Elon Musk Serious About Building A Flying Tesla?

An anonymous reader quotes Inc: It's inevitable, really. Musk's two largest companies, Tesla Motors and SpaceX, make electric cars and rockets.... Musk tweeted about a "SpaceX option package" for the next Tesla Roadster in June of last year. The upgrade was described as including about "10 small rocket thrusters arranged seamlessly around car. These rocket engines dramatically improve acceleration, top speed, braking & cornering. Maybe they will even allow a Tesla to fly..." Musk then hinted ev...
Tags: Spacex, Tech, Tesla, Tesla Motors, Musk, Tesla Roadster


SpaceX will lay off hundreds to ‘become a leaner company’

SpaceX plans to lay off approximately 10 percent of its workforce in order to manage its costs, the company confirmed to TechCrunch today. First reported by Ars Technica’s Eric Berger, the news comes as the company embarks on an ambitious plan to develop and test an interplanetary spacecraft while simultaneously performing frequent orbital launches. In a statement provided to TechCrunch, SpaceX explained that the layoffs are in pursuit of becoming a “leaner company” and that they were only ne...
Tags: Space, Spacex, Elon Musk, Layoffs, Tech, Ars Technica, Musk, Falcon Heavy, Falcon, Eric Berger, Personnel, COO Gwynne Shotwell, TechCrunch SpaceX


Elon Musk shows off the assembled Starship test rocket

After weeks teasing renderings and production photos, Elon Musk finally showed off the finished Starship test rocket last night. Starship test flight rocket just finished assembly at the @SpaceX Texas launch site. This is an actual picture, not a rendering. pic.twitter.com/k1HkueoXaz — Elon Musk (@elonmusk) January 11, 2019 As you can well see, the Starship test rocket has a stainless steel skin, which had a few people scratching their heads. Steel is indeed quite durable, but weigh...
Tags: Startups, TC, Space, Spacex, Elon Musk, Texas, Tech, Steel, Musk, Falcon Heavy, Starship, Boca Chica Texas, Evelyn Janeidy Arevalo, Texas Boca Chica Beach


Larry Ellison's stake in Tesla is worth about $1 billion (TSLA, ORCL)

Tesla and Larry Ellison have confirmed via a new SEC filing that Ellison owns 3 million shares, which are worth about $1 billion. The filing was necessary because Ellison agreed last week to join Tesla's board. Tesla did not say when Ellison bought the shares, except that it was earlier this year. However Ellison disclosed he had made a sizable investment back in October, the month when Tesla dropped near 52-week lows.   On Monday, Tesla and Larry Ellison officially reported and confirmed Ell...
Tags: Apple, Elon Musk, Steve Jobs, Trends, Tesla, Larry Ellison, SEC, Salesforce, Ellison, Oracle, Marc Benioff, Musk, Lanai, Leaked Uber, TSLA ORCL, Eric Meyhofer Join


Tesla breaks ground on$5 billion factory in Shanghai

After four years of planning, Tesla Inc. finally broke ground on its planned $5 billion factory in the world’s biggest auto market. But the timing couldn’t be more inauspicious. Chief Executive Officer Elon Musk and some Shanghai officials, including Mayor Ying Yong, on Monday attended a function at a site near the city kicking off construction of what would be the electric-vehicle maker’s first car-manufacturing facility outside the U.S. While the ceremony` marked a new journey for Tesla, it co...
Tags: Apple, Business, Elon Musk, China, Cars, Tesla, Sport, Soccer, Shanghai, Musk, U S Securities and Exchange Commission, Bloomberg Intelligence, Greater China, Tesla Inc, Ying Yong



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