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Tesla is focused on Model 3 production challenges at launch

Jul 29, 4:09AM

 Tesla revealed more about its brand-new Model 3 than it ever has before just in time for the first deliveries to customers. We know the details of pricing and available options, as well as a bit about how Tesla plans to scale to an annual run rate of 500,000 vehicles produced per year, hopefully by the end of 2018. “The major challenge we faced with the Model 3 is not really the… Read More

Everything you want to know about the Tesla Model 3

Jul 29, 4:06AM

 The Tesla Model 3 is now a known quantity – we have information about the different kit options available at launch, as well as interior and exterior measurements, and car performance and cabin comforts. Tesla CEO Elon Musk said that the whole point was to make car that is “the best car, hands down,” for “anything close to the same cost,” and it makes a strong… Read More

Here's what it's like to drive the Tesla Model 3

Jul 29, 4:05AM

 Ahead of Tesla’s Model 3 handover event, I got to drive one – a black version with the Premium Upgrade Package. Not for long mind you: I drove it around Tesla’s Fremont factory in an extended loop on city streets, but I still got to test its mettle on some relatively long, unbroken stretches of road, push the accelerator and throw it around corners. Again, this is just… Read More

PayPal co-founder Luke Nosek leaving Founders Fund, reportedly for SpaceX-focused fund

Jul 29, 2:00AM

 Founders Fund just lost one of its founders. Luke Nosek, known for starting PayPal with Elon Musk, Peter Thiel, Max Levchin and Ken Howery, is off to start something new. Known as a member of the “PayPal Mafia,” Nosek has stayed in contact with Musk as a director of SpaceX, the space exploration company. As Axios first reported, he’s launching an investment firm called… Read More

Sprint could sell pieces to Comcast and Charter before attempting T-Mobile merger

Jul 29, 1:05AM

 T-Mobile and Sprint have been in merger talks for a long while now, but the latter may be attempting to jockey for position by allying itself with Charter and Comcast. Sprint would likely be selling a minority stake to the ISPs in exchange for providing access to its network infrastructure. Read More

CRISPR'd human embryos doesn't mean designer babies are around the corner

Jul 29, 12:16AM

 Earlier this week scientists stunned us with the announcement they’d genetically altered the first human embryos in the U.S. using CRISPR technology — but don’t hold your breath if you think the ability to make designer babies is right around the corner. Read More

Dear Floyd Mayweather, you're why the SEC exists

Jul 28, 8:19PM

 Dear Floyd Mayweather: While perusing Facebook, I chanced across your post drumming up interest in the upcoming Stox initial coin offering (ICO). I understand your motivations in wanting to diversify your portfolio of investments, but I caution that your actions are reckless and potentially financially damaging to you and your fans. Read More

Redfin soars 45% after IPO; CEO calls it 'Amazon of real estate'

Jul 28, 8:16PM

 It was a great day for Redfin, the Seattle-based real estate site that finally went public after 13 years as a startup. After pricing higher than expected at $15 per share and raising $138 million, the stock soared 45 percent before closing the day $21.72. This gives Redfin a market cap of $1.73 billion, well above its last private round, which was about $770 million. Redfin raised over… Read More

Using eye smiles to predict the state of your whole face in VR

Jul 28, 7:52PM

 They say you can tell a real smile because it reaches the eyes. Of course, that just means we all have to learn to fake that kind of smile, too. But the subtle expressiveness of our eyeball area has a fringe benefit: VR researchers can use it to guess at what the rest of your face is doing. Read More

Gas pump card skimmer now phones home

Jul 28, 7:50PM

 In an unsurprising move by credit card thieves, police have found a new credit card skimmer that sends stolen data via SMS. By tearing apart cheap phones, crooks are able to send credit card information to their location instantly without having to access the skimmer physically or rely on an open Bluetooth connection. Brian Krebs received images of the skimmer from an unnamed source. They… Read More

iRobot's CEO says the company never planned to sell Roomba home mapping data

Jul 28, 7:37PM

 This was not the conversation iRobot CEO Colin Angle expected to have this week. In the past few days, iRobot posted excellent Q2 earnings, thanks to brisk Prime Day Roomba sales, and acquired its largest European distributor in a $141 million deal. Yet the CEO and the company he founded were suddenly at the center of home privacy concerns over a report that he was looking to sell Roomba… Read More

Anonymous app Whisper lays off 20% of staff to survive

Jul 28, 7:32PM

 Startups are dying all over the place as last year’s investment cool-off leads many to run out of cash. But Whisper refuses to race into the graveyard like fellow anonymous social apps Secret and Yik Yak. Read More

Amazon reportedly acquired GameSparks for $10M to build out its gaming muscle

Jul 28, 7:14PM

 Amazon and its enterprise cloud division AWS have been making a number of moves to expand the company as a platform to build and host games. One of the latest developments has been an acquisition: Amazon in the last quarter reportedly quietly acquired a company called GameSparks, a “backend as a service” for game developers to build various features like leaderboards into games,… Read More

Foxconn's long con

Jul 28, 6:52PM

 The political press ate it up, alternatively excoriating the program for costing too much in tax breaks and crowing a win for Wisconsin’s conservative governor, Scott Walker. I wouldn’t encourage either party to hold their breath. Gou is in the habit of promising big and rarely delivering. Four years ago business journals crowed about a plan to bring a Foxconn flat screen… Read More

Unhack the vote

Jul 28, 6:28PM

 Voting is the free world’s Achilles heel and/or Trojan horse. Valid voters are suppressed. Vote audits are suppressed. Voter registration systems are hacked. And the worst-case scenario of all looms before us all like a monster in a horror movie: what if voting machines themselves are hacked, the “results” are faked and democracy is quietly cancelled without the general… Read More

Life Bot's new Alexa app can text you reminders, help with daily activities

Jul 28, 6:20PM

 A new voice app from Life Bot wants to make it easier to use Amazon Alexa as a digital assistant, by aiding with your daily routines and learning your personal preferences. At launch, Life Bot’s Alexa app has a handful of tricks up its sleeve. But Life Bot’s longer-term ambition is to learn from its users, then be able to kick-off personalized workflows with a single voice command. Read More

Placecast launches new product to verify the location data in mobile ad campaigns

Jul 28, 6:10PM

 Alistair Goodman, CEO of mobile marketing company Placecast, said location data is the “next frontier” when it comes to ad measurement and verification. For example, Goodman pointed to a study by Factual and the Mobile Marketing Association that found that 40 percent of marketers are concerned about the quality of location data. He said there are a number of different… Read More

Microsoft's slow creep back into mobile

Jul 28, 6:00PM

 Despite an early lead with Windows Mobile and Windows CE — and spending billions on Nokia’s mobile business — Microsoft has been on its heels in the mobile device market since the one-two punch of iPhone and Android launching in 2007. The introduction of x86-compatible ARM chips and the rise of progressive web apps could drive a return to the mobile market for Microsoft. Read More

What to expect from Tesla as the Model 3 hits the road

Jul 28, 5:13PM

 The first 30 Tesla Model 3s are officially being delivered to their owners later today, meaning there’s a non-zero chance you’ll see them on roads in California, and not for testing. Gradually, that number of Model 3s on real streets driven by people just going about their daily lives will grow, and Tesla says it hopes to be producing 100 in August, then 1,500 by September, and as… Read More

Stitch Fix has confidentially filed for an IPO

Jul 28, 5:05PM

 Stitch Fix has filed confidentially for an initial public offering, setting itself up for another big test for the IPO market in the near future. This marks the beginning of the official beginning of the process ahead of the S-1 filing where the company will formally disclose its financials. Read More

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