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Starbucks will anchor the new $400 million food-focused Valor Siren Ventures fund

Starbucks is serving up a steaming hot $100 million cash commitment to anchor a new food-focused fund in partnership with the consumer and tech-focused focused private equity firm Valor Equity Partners. The behemoth of burnt-coffee said that its commitment to the Valor Siren Ventures fund is an attempt to focus on “new ideas and technologies that are relevant to customers, inspiring to partners (employees), and meaningful to Starbucks business.” The Starbucks announcement was short on details...
Tags: Apple, Food, TC, Spacex, Restaurants, Tech, Tesla, Companies, Venture Capital, Retail, Starbucks, Johnson, Kevin Johnson, General Mills, Addepar, Tyson Foods


China's E-Buses Dent Oil Demand More Than Electric Cars Do

China's fleet of electric buses appear to be denting oil demand more than electric cars. "By the end of this year, a cumulative 270,000 barrels a day of diesel demand will have been displaced by electric buses, most of it in China," reports Bloomberg, citing a new report published by BloombergNEF. "That's more than three times the displacement by all the world's passenger electric vehicles (a market where Tesla has a share of about 12 percent)." From the report: Despite rapid growth, the impact ...
Tags: China, Tech, Tesla, Bloomberg, International Energy Agency Buses


10 things in tech you need to know today

Good morning! This is the tech news you need to know this Wednesday. Google announced a huge gaming initiative: A Netflix-like video-game streaming platform named Stadia. The service is intended to run high-resolution blockbuster games on any device that runs Google's Chrome — from smartphones and tablets to computers and TVs. Google unveiled a new controller for its Stadia gaming service on Tuesday, which connects to Google's data centers and pairs with whichever device the game is being ...
Tags: Google, Facebook, UK, Samsung, Trends, Tesla, EA, Snapchat, Netflix, Aclu, New Zealand, Ubisoft, Stephen Collins, Alexa, Trump, Facebook Twitter


TC Sessions: Mobility, a one-day session event on the future of transportation

The way people and packages move from Point A to Point B is in the midst of a remarkable transformation driven by technological innovations in AI, robotics, electric battery development, digital platforms and manufacturing. A mobility revolution is in the making. And TechCrunch is here — and we’re not just along for the ride. We’re here to uncover new ideas and startups, root out vaporware and dig into the tech and people spurring this change. In short, we’re helping drive the conversation ar...
Tags: Amazon, Transportation, Technology, California, Articles, Events, Tech, Tesla, E-commerce, Artificial Intelligence, Automotive, Bird, San Jose, Mobility, Manufacturing, Nissan


Attend TC Sessions: Mobility, a one-day event on the future of transportation

The way people and packages move from Point A to Point B is in the midst of a remarkable transformation driven by technological innovations in AI, robotics, electric battery development, digital platforms and manufacturing. A mobility revolution is in the making. And TechCrunch is here — and we’re not just along for the ride. We’re here to uncover new ideas and startups, root out vaporware and dig into the tech and people spurring this change. In short, we’re helping drive the conversation ar...
Tags: Amazon, Startups, Transportation, Technology, California, Articles, Events, Tesla, E-commerce, Artificial Intelligence, Automotive, Bird, San Jose, Mobility, Manufacturing, Nissan


Atlassian's first head of technical teams explains why he couldn't pass up the opportunity to join the $26.9 billion company, even if it meant uprooting to Australia (TEAM)

In January, Atlassian hired its first head of technical teams Noah Wasmer, who joins Atlassian from VMware. As the vice president of product and head of technical teams, Wasmer will head Atlassian's software and IT products, including Jira, Bitbucket, Opsgenie, Jira Service Desk, and Statuspage. Business Insider spoke with Wasmer on how he got to Atlassian and what it's like uprooting to Australia. For years, Noah Wasmer worked in the Silicon Valley tech scene before moving to Atlanta. But n...
Tags: Google, Australia, San Francisco, Trends, Atlanta, Tesla, Sydney, Ibm, Silicon Valley, Pacific, Atlassian, Vmware, Ocean Beach, Sydney Australia, Mike Cannon Brookes, Scott Farquhar


Forbes is charging $9 a month for a new video education program that takes a page from MasterClass

Forbes is launching an $8.99-a-month video network for entrepreneurs it's dubbed Forbes8. It's the latest example of a publisher jumping on the direct consumer revenue train to supplement its ad revenue. Forbes is pushing into an e-learning area with already-established players like MasterClass and Real Vision, though. To grow its consumer revenue, Forbes is taking a page from the success of video-learning behemoths like MasterClass and Real Vision. On Monday, the company announced Forbes8, a...
Tags: Apple, Trends, Tesla, Davis, James Patterson, Vox Media, Universal Pictures, Forbes, Tim Ferriss, Donna Langley, Martin Scorsese Ron Howard, Real Vision, Chobani CMO Peter McGuinness, Tom Davis Forbes, Forbes Infinity Forbes, Amos Winbush III


Why Comma.ai, Maker of Self-Driving Tech, is Moving to San Diego

Tech salaries may not be as high outside of Silicon Valley, but neither is the cost of operating a business—or the cost of living.San Diego’s startup community has rejoiced in recent months as massive companies that employ thousands of engineers—including Amazon (NASDAQ: AMZN), Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL), and the tech arm of Walmart (NYSE: WMT)—have announced expansions in the region.Local entrepreneurs hope that investment will make other tech businesses, including early-stage companies, more comfor...
Tags: Startups, Elon Musk, Hardware, Entrepreneurship, Trends, Tech, Tesla, Bloomberg, Palo Alto, Software, San Diego, Silicon Valley, Self-driving Cars, George Hotz, Aapl, Ashlee Vance


Founders Fund investors in Tibber, a Norwegian AI to smartly manage energy

You probably have one electricity supplier for your house. But these days the average household could probably buy form several such companies, it just can’t easily access the market place of possible suppliers. Wouldn’t it be smarter in you had an AI in your house which could purchase energy from these producers, including those within the local grid, at the best prices and at the best time of day? That’s what the Tibber startup does in Norway, and it’s just raised a $12M Series A funding from ...
Tags: Fundings & Exits, TC, Apps, Europe, Sweden, Germany, Tech, Tesla, Artificial Intelligence, Silicon Valley, Norway, Founders Fund, Nordics, Tiber, Spotify Facebook, Tibber


10 things in tech you need to know today

Good morning! This is the tech news you need to know this Tuesday. Tesla is asking employees to volunteer and help deliver 30,000 cars before the end of the quarter. Sanjay Shah, a senior vice president at Tesla, asked employees to help deliver 30,000 cars over the last 15 days of the quarter. Netflix says it won't be joining Apple's upcoming TV service. "We prefer to let our customers watch our content on our service," CEO Reed Hastings told reporters at the company's offices in Hollywood...
Tags: Apple, Google, Elon Musk, Hollywood, Youtube, San Francisco, Trends, Tesla, Netflix, Square, Hyundai, Kia, The Washington Post, Pewdiepie, GDC, ZTE


SEC pushes court to hold Elon Musk in contempt over Tesla tweets

Tesla CEO Elon Musk is in blatant violation of a settlement agreement reached last year over securities fraud allegations, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission said in a biting response to the court that argued the billionaire entrepreneur be held in contempt. The response, which was filed late Monday, is the latest salvo in the agency’s fight with Musk that was sparked by the now infamous “funding secured” tweet. The SEC filed a complaint in federal district court in September alle...
Tags: Transportation, Elon Musk, Washington, Court, Tech, Tesla, Automotive, Shanghai, SEC, Epa, Model S, Musk, Model 3, U S Securities and Exchange Commission, Model Y, Dane Butswinkas


The SEC Says Elon Musk's Rationale for Continuing to Send Out Bad Tweets 'Borders on the Ridiculous'

Last year, Tesla CEO Elon Musk sent out a baffling tweet saying that he had “funding secured” to take the company private at a share price of $420 (which some readers may recognize as the weed number). It turned out no such deal had been finalized, the Securities and Exchange Commission slapped Musk with fraud…Read more...
Tags: Twitter, Elon Musk, Science, Technology, Social Media, Tesla, Courts, SEC, Securities And Exchange Commission, Musk, Tesla CEO Elon Musk, SEC Says Elon Musk


Transportation Weekly: Uber’s spending habits, Tesla Model Y, scooters and AVs in Austin

Welcome back to Transportation Weekly; I’m your host Kirsten Korosec, senior transportation reporter at TechCrunch. We love the reader feedback. Keep it coming. Never heard of TechCrunch’s Transportation Weekly? Catch up by reading the first edition here or check out , which offered the gamut of mobility news from Lyft and Bird to Waymo’s laser bears and cybersecurity. As I’ve written before, consider this a soft launch. Follow me on Twitter @kirstenkorosec to ensure you see it each week. An...
Tags: Transportation, Lyft, Uber, Washington, Softbank, Israel, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Tech, Tesla, Bloomberg, E-commerce, AV, Artificial Intelligence, Austin, Automotive


Texas Lawmakers Want To Stop Tesla From Fixing Its Own Cars

In Texas the local car dealer lobby has blocked Tesla from selling its cars directly to customers. They're using old laws meant to prevent car manufacturers from competing with their own local dealers -- but Tesla never had any local dealers! And according to Electrek, it gets worse... Despite this issue, Texans have bought thousands of Tesla vehicles, which the automaker delivers from other states to comply with the law. Tesla has been able to service those vehicles through its own service cen...
Tags: Texas, Tech, Tesla


Las Vegas Approves The Boring Company's Underground Loop

The Boring Company's tunnel project in Chicago is "in doubt" (according to the Chicago Tribune), while a project connecting Washington to Baltimore "is waylaid in the environmental-review process." But it looks like Las Vegas will officially get a tunnel from Elon Musk, CNET reports, "perhaps within this year." The billionaire's Boring Company on Tuesday got the approval from the 14-member board of the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA) to build and operate an underground loop ...
Tags: Washington, Tech, Tesla, Chicago, Las Vegas, Baltimore, Musk, Chicago Tribune, LVCVA, Boring Company, Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority LVCVA, Elon Musk CNET


JBL's Link 300 smart speaker gives you multi-room audio and the Google Assistant — it's on sale for $125 at Best Buy

The   Insider Picks   team writes about stuff we think you'll like. Business Insider has affiliate partnerships, so we get a share of the revenue from your purchase. The JBL Link speaker series offers smart, multi-room audio for less than $300. The mid-sized Link 300 smart speaker boasts a nice design, good low-end response, and all the smarts of the Google Assistant. It’s probably not the best speaker for audiophiles, but everyone else will be perfectly happy with the sound quality. Plus, it'...
Tags: Google, Trends, Tesla, Business Insider, Google Home, Google Home Max, JBL Link


Tesla's New Model Y SUV Hits the Right Note By Playing It Safe

Last night, Tesla CEO Elon Musk unveiled the company's brand new electric SUV, the Model Y. The car is only slightly larger than the Model 3 and shares 75% of its parts, leaving many people wanting more. But, as USA Today reports, "The ho-hum reaction to Tesla's new electric SUV is, oddly enough, exactly what the company needs. [F]or a company that needs a little less pizzazz and a little more substance to make good on its promise to become a sustainable force in the auto industry, the Model Y h...
Tags: Tech, Tesla, Usa Today, Musk, Chevrolet Bolt, Tesla CEO Elon Musk, Hyundai Kona


Pi Day wasn’t pleasant for a lot of tech execs

Pi Day is apparently New Job day for tech execs and VCs these days. Leaving: Lee Fixel It’s not every day that one of the top VC investors heads out from their shop. TechCrunch’s @cookie aka Connie Loizos has the story: Lee Fixel, the low-flying head of Tiger Global’s private equity business, is leaving at the end of June, the firm announced today in a letter sent to clients and seen by Reuters . Scott Shleifer and Chase Coleman will continue as co-managers of the portfolios Fixel has oversee...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Asia, Finance, Ipo, India, Softbank, Digital, America, Tech, Tesla, Walmart, Harvard, United States, Credit Suisse, Korea


Tesla Model Y orders are now open

Customers can already place an order for the Tesla Model Y, a mid-sized crossover SUV that won’t go into production until 2020. Tesla requires a $2,500 deposit to complete the order for the all-electric vehicle, according to information posted on its website. A disclaimer on the order form states that “production is expected to begin late next year.” Under that timeline, deliveries wouldn’t begin until late 2020 or possibly early 2021. There are other clues on the order page, including that t...
Tags: Transportation, Elon Musk, Cars, Los Angeles, Tech, Tesla, Ceo, Model, Automotive, Electric Vehicles, Hyperloop, Tesla Model 3, Model Y, The Boring Company, Tesla Design Studio


Weekly Roundup, Friday 15 March 2019

Stones (in both foreground and background) and sheep (everywhere) – we’ll see these in Kilmartin Glen, on our Scotland’s Highland Highlights Tour this September. Good morningWow, what a wild and crazy week this one has been, with the added dimension, for me personally but hopefully not for you, of (hopefully just) experiencing another kidney stone event.  These seem to be occurring with increasing frequency.The extraordinarily dysfunctional nature of Obamacare was driven home to me.  When it bec...
Tags: Travel, Amazon, UK, London, Obamacare, France, Scotland, Hotels, China, Africa, Miscellaneous, Cars, US, Newsletter, Tech, Tesla


The Tesla Model Y is a 300-mile range Model 3 doppelganger coming in fall 2020

At first glance, it appeared that Tesla Model 3 had a doppelganger. After years of teasers and hints, Tesla CEO Elon Musk finally unveiled the Model Y, a mid-sized all-electric vehicle that will start at $39,000 and is slated to hit the marketplace in fall 2020. The Model Y bears a striking resemblance to Model 3. The vehicle, which will come in a standard, long range, dual-motor all-wheel and performance variants, is a bit larger,  allowing it to accommodate seven people. It also sits sli...
Tags: Transportation, Elon Musk, Tech, Tesla, Automotive, Electric Vehicles, Model S


Tesla unveiling Model Y SUV, expanding into popular segment

HAWTHORNE, Calif. (AP) — Tesla is unveiling its newest vehicle, the Model Y, an SUV that the automaker hopes will win over consumers looking for an all-electric alternative in the most popular segment of the auto market. CEO Elon Musk was to introduce the Model Y Thursday night at a gathering of customers, employees and […]
Tags: Business, Elon Musk, Technology, News, Tesla, Ap, Nation, Hawthorne Calif


Toyota Is Losing the Electric Car Race, So It Pretends Hybrids Are Better

Ben Jervey from DeSmogBlog writes about how Toyota is "using questionable logic" to claim hybrid vehicles are superior than electric vehicles, when in reality it's only saying that because it decided years ago to invest in gasoline-electric hybrids and fuel cells in the long term instead of battery production. This decision is now coming back to haunt them. From the report: There are at least 12 car companies currently selling an all-electric vehicle in the United States, and Toyota isn't one of...
Tags: Tech, Tesla, United States, Gm, Toyota, North America, Geneva Auto Show, Toyota Corolla Hybrid, Ben Jervey, Jervey, Tesla Nissan


Tesla’s new accounting chief has SolarCity roots

Tesla has turned to two insiders to manage and oversee the company’s finances. The automaker officially tapped as its next chief financial officer Zachary Kirkhorn, a longtime employee who has been part of the automaker’s finance team for nine years, according to securities filings posted Thursday. The automaker also appointed Vaibhav Taneja, who led the integration of Tesla and SolarCity’s accounting teams, as its chief accounting officer. Taneja, who will report to Kirkhorn, will oversee...
Tags: Transportation, Elon Musk, Tech, Tesla, Automotive, Wheeler, Solarcity, Musk, Model 3, Jason Wheeler, Ahuja, Harvard Business School, Deepak Ahuja, Personnel, Taneja, Dave Morton


Model Y: Tesla unveils new electric crossover SUV

Company is banking on the new model to revive excitement about the brand as traditional carmakers expand their electric vehicle offeringsTesla unveiled a new electric crossover SUV, the Model Y, during an event at the company’s design studio in Hawthorne on Thursday evening. Chief Executive Elon Musk said the compact SUV would first debut in a long-range version with a range of 300 miles priced at about $47,000. Continue reading...
Tags: Elon Musk, Technology, Tesla, US news, Automotive Industry, Motoring, Electric, Hybrid And Low-emission Cars, Hawthorne


Model Y: Tesla to unveil new electric crossover SUV

Company is banking on the new model to revive excitement about the brand as traditional carmakers expand their electric vehicle offeringsTesla is expected to unveil a new electric crossover SUV, the Model Y, during an event in Los Angeles on Thursday evening. The company claims the car is likely to be its bestselling vehicle.The vehicle will be the fifth model for the electric carmaker, which has spent the past three years struggling to fulfill its March 2016 promise to produce a mass-market ele...
Tags: Elon Musk, Technology, Los Angeles, Tesla, US news, Automotive Industry, Motoring, Electric, Hybrid And Low-emission Cars


How to watch Elon Musk unveil the Tesla Model Y

Tesla is scheduled to reveal the Model Y — the next electric vehicle in electric automaker’s lineup — tonight at an event in Los Angeles after, not months, but years of teasers and hints from CEO Elon Musk . Tesla will live stream the Model Y unveiling event at 8 pm PT via its website. However, folks who want to watch the event should head over to the site (https://www.tesla.com/modely) prior to the 8 pm start time. There is a registration process. Once completed, a new page pops up with th...
Tags: Transportation, Elon Musk, China, Cars, Los Angeles, Tech, Tesla, Ceo, Automotive, United States, Electric Vehicles, Hyperloop, Musk, Tesla Model X, Elon Musk Tesla, The Boring Company


Meet the 19 startups in AngelPad’s 12th batch

AngelPad just wrapped the 12th run of its months-long New York City startup accelerator. For the second time, the program didn’t culminate in a demo day; rather, the 19 participating startups were given pre-arranged one-on-one meetings with venture capital investors late last week. AngelPad co-founders Thomas Korte and Carine Magescas did away with the demo day tradition last year after nearly a decade operating AngelPad, which is responsible for mentoring startups including Postmates, Twitte...
Tags: Apple, Amazon, Startups, Accelerator, Twitter, Utah, Japan, Real Estate, Berlin, New York City, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Tech, Adidas, Tesla, MoPub


10 things in tech you need to know today

Good morning! This is the tech news you need to know this Wednesday. Google told dozens of employees in its laptop and tablet division to find new jobs at the company, raising questions about its hardware plans. The restructuring involves Google's "Create" division, which is responsible for developing and manufacturing the Pixelbook laptop and Pixel Slate tablet amongst the company's wider swath of "Made by Google" products. A leaked email revealed that Elon Musk must approve all new Tesla hir...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Facebook, Elon Musk, Trends, Tesla, Netflix, Huawei, Bernie Sanders, Weibo, Alexa, Trump, Sanders, Sen Elizabeth Warren, Facebook Facebook, Amazon Alexa


Elon Musk denies being in contempt of court

Tesla founder Elon Musk has denied that a tweet placed him in contempt of court.
Tags: Elon Musk, Tech, Tesla



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