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Tesla Makes Last-Ditch Model 3 Deliveries as Pressures Mount

With pressure escalating after one of the worst weeks in its almost 15-year-history, Tesla Inc. raced to manufacture and deliver its mission-critical Model 3 sedan to burnish the numbers it’s about to report to rattled investors. Tesla’s Fremont, California, delivery hub was packed with people Saturday evening as the last hours of the quarter drew to a close. Red couches and tall white tables were set up outside, a DJ played music and a truck selling Vietnamese food was on hand. Behind the scenes, a company that’s struggled to figure…

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Google Could Owe Oracle $8.8 Billion in Android Fight

Google could owe Oracle Corp. billions of dollars for using Oracle-owned Java programming code in its Android operating system on mobile devices, an appeals court said, as the years-long feud between the two software giants draws near a close. Google’s use of Java shortcuts to develop Android went too far and was a violation of Oracle’s copyrights, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit ruled Tuesday. The case — first filed in 2010 — was remanded to a federal court in California to determine how much the Alphabet…

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California Could See the Return of $4 Gasoline by May

Motorists in California, the state with the most expensive gasoline, could see pump prices that begin with a 4 again as oil markets rally. Gasoline, which is currently averaging $3.30 a gallon in California, may reach $4 by Memorial Day, the traditional start of the demand-heavy summer driving season, according to Patrick DeHaan, head of petroleum analysis at Boston-based GasBuddy, which monitors fuel prices across the U.S. It would be the first time the state has seen $4 gasoline since July 2014. Pump prices, which include taxes, are already 47…

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Ray Dalio Says End of the SALT Deduction Will Further Divide the Nation

Billionaire legislation. The Senate bill mirrors the House legislation by calling for the repeal of state and local tax deductions, while allowing up to $10,000 for property tax deductions. According to a study by the Tax Policy Center, 7 percent of taxpayers would pay more tax in 2019, 10 percent in 2025, and 48 percent in 2027, compared to current law. On average in 2027, taxes would change little for lower- and middle-income groups and decrease for higher-income groups. Tax Revenues On its face, ending so-called Read more about the…

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The Strange Case of the Look-Alike Credit Cards

First National Bank of Marin was a small Las Vegas lender with an image problem. Federal investigators accused it of issuing credit cards to strapped consumers, then piling on so many fees and obligations that some new clients couldn’t buy a sandwich without hitting their credit limit. But by 2006, it had settled the claims and was ready to expand. It changed its name to Source: Credit One Bank If that looks familiar, there’s a good reason. In 2008, credit-card titan Source: Capital One Financial Corp. And so began the improbable story of…

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Teslas Newest Promises Break the Laws of Batteries

Elon Musk knows how to make promises. Even by his own standards, the promises made last week while introducing two new Tesla vehicles—the heavy-duty Semi Truck and the speedy Roadster—are monuments of envelope pushing. To deliver, according to close observers of battery technology, Tesla would have to far exceed what is currently thought possible. Take the Tesla Semi: Musk vowed it would haul an unprecedented 80,000 pounds for 500 miles on a single charge, then recharge 400 miles of range in 30 minutes. That would require, based on Bloomberg estimates, a charging system that's 10 times more…

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Apple Is Ramping Up Work on AR Headset to Succeed iPhone

With the headset at least two years away, Apple wants to make it easier for developers to bring new AR features to the iPhone. To that end, the company plans to release a new version of ARKit software tools as soon as 2018. They could help developers create software that remembers accurately where a digital object was placed in a virtual space, using a technology called persistent tracking; you look away, and the object is still there. The tools will also make it easier to create AR games for multiple…

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Surreal Video of Postman Delivering Mail to Neighborhood Destroyed by Wildfire Goes Viral

Hours after the devastating California wildfires tore through Santa Rosa, professional drone pilot Douglas Thron filmed a postal worker delivering mail to the ravaged neighborhood of Coffey Park. Thron says while he was at the scene shooting aerial footage for NBC’s Today Show on Tuesday, he spotted the truck driving around the neighborhood. Thron tells Mercury News, “It was a trippy thing — he was actually delivering the mail. I was shocked to see him because most of the roads were blocked-off, but he obviously had access.†San Francisco USPS…

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Secret supervised drug injection facility has been operating at US site for years

Lives have been saved at site run by a social service agency in an undisclosed city, according to newly released data, in an effort to battle the overdose epidemic For nearly three years, in an undisclosed US city, a social service agency has quietly been inviting people to inject illegal drugs at a clandestine site, without the governments approval. More than 100 people have injected drugs at the site, according to data released Tuesday about the 2,754 injections. This data provides the first glimpse of what it would look like…

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Hipster-bashing in California: angry residents fight back against gentrification

In a state where house prices are twice the US average, artists and developers are feeling the ire of a growing movement to defend our homes and our culture Half a century after the summer of love and hippie harmony, California is experiencing a summer of loathing and hipster-bashing. Not just hipsters. Artists, techies, realtors, business owners, developers, all are feeling the wrath of a burgeoning and in some cases radicalising anti-gentrification movement. In the Los Angeles neighbourhood of Boyle Heights, protesters are targeting a new cafe with placards, chants…

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Hitting the fans: Disneyland tour group showered with goose droppings

A hazardous materials team were called to the theme park in California after reports that faeces had been thrown on people The unalloyed joy of a trip to Disneyland has been tarnished for a group of 17 people, including six children, who were showered by bird droppings thanks to a passing flock of geese. A hazardous materials team were called to the theme park in California, which bills itself as the happiest place on earth, after reports that faeces had been thrown on people. It was quickly determined the real…

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World’s most prolific Star Wars collector appeals to fans after ‘devastating’ theft

Steve Sansweet, owner of Rancho Obi-Wan in California, asks collectors and fans to help recover items allegedly stolen by his friend of 20 years The owner of the worlds largest Star Wars memorabilia collection has learned a hard lesson about trust. On Monday, he told his own saga in which $200,000 in collectibles were allegedly stolen from on his website and asked fellow collectors and fans to email #TheFraudIsStrongInThisOne https://t.co/coFv1P6HL7

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US police arrest suspect over killing of Australian tourist Matthew Bate

San Francisco police announce arrest after Darwin analytical chemist dies following fight outside Da Vinci Villa hotel Police have made an arrest in the killing of an Australian tourist outside a San Francisco hotel. Officer Giselle Talkoff, a city police spokeswoman, announced the arrest on Saturday. No further information about the suspect was released. Authorities said

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