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It’ll Take Way More Than All This to Oust Elon Musk From Tesla

Reported SEC probes. Snowballing shareholder lawsuits. Email fights with reporters, a possible libel suit in the offing, a brow-furrowing interview with The New York Times. Smoking a blunt on a podcast. Yes, you could say Tesla’s Elon Musk has had quite the summer. And despite Thursday night's multi-hour, congenial, and far-ranging conversation on Joe Rogan's podcast—covering AI, the Boring Company's tunnels, the nature of evil, Instagram, and Musk's new idea for an electric, vertical takeoff and landing supersonic airplane—there's no reason to think those worried about Musk's state of mind…

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Update: New whistleblower claims against Tesla allege drug trafficking, theft and phone hacking coverup

This post has been updated with a comment from Tesla and to indicate that a single employee was allegedly involved in the drug trafficking ring.  Employees at Tesla’s Nevada gigafactory were allegedly involved in a massive drug ring, stole $37 million worth of precious metals and equipment and illegally spied on former employees at the behest of chief executive Elon Musk, according to a new whistleblower complaint filed against the company. First reported by Jalopnik, the complaint is only the latest in a string of damaging news stories that have…

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Elon Musk’s Tesla Tweets Could Spark a Fight With the SEC

Elon Musk is, if nothing else, a warrior. He has battled short sellers. He was waged war against the auto industry and the National Transportation Safety Board. He has scrapped with the media and Los Angeles traffic and, because 2018, Azealia Banks. Now, Musk may be in yet another battle, with the US Securities and Exchange Commissions. This all started a week ago, when the Tesla CEO tweeted, “Am considering taking Tesla private at $420. Funding secured.” But as Musk revealed in a Monday blog post, that funding may not,…

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Elon Musk Unmasked as Top Donor to House Republican PAC

Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk has been revealed as a top donor to a Republican PAC aimed at keeping control of Congress. Filings published by ProPublica this weekend show Musk contributed $38,900 to the Protect the House PAC, joining the likes of casino magnate Sheldon Adelson and Houston Texans owner Robert McNair in the PACs top 50 donors. The PAC raised more than $8 million in the second quarter for Republican lawmakers hoping to fend off Democratic challengers. Musk has a

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British cave diver considering legal action over Elon Musk’s ‘pedo’ attack

Vernon Unsworth astonished and very angry after Tesla owner makes baseless remark A British cave diver who was instrumental in the called him a pedo on Twitter. Vernon Unsworth told the Guardian on Monday he was astonished and very angry at the attack, for which Musk offered no evidence or basis. The billionaire initially doubled down on the comments made on social media, but has since deleted them. Unsworth told journalists at the cave site, where a clean-up operation is under way, that the remarks about him were an attack…

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This Week in the Future of Cars: The Inside Look

Every so often, WIRED gets to take a good, long sojourn behind the scenes, to observe what the people we write about are doing all day. This was one of those nice weeks. Editor Alex Davies hopped a plane to Winnemucca, an isolated mining town in northern Nevada that’s hosting Alphabet’s latest moonshot: its effort to spread the gospel of internet via broadcasting balloons. Senior writer Jessi Hempl got under Uber’s hood after the announcement that HR chief Liane Hornsey—the woman brought in to fix the unicorn’s culture—resigned for improperly…

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The Engineering Behind Elon Musk’s Bid to Save Thailand’s Cave Boys

Around 6 pm Tuesday at Tham Luang in Thailand, the last of the 13 survivors who had spent 18 days trapped in a cave emerged to safety. A rescue team had spent the past three days getting the boys out after five days of desperate planning and calculations since their discovery. As the boys’ oxygen supply dwindled, doubts in the rescuers’ ability to save them mounted. The boys weren’t trained scuba divers, and they were facing a voyage on which a pro Thai Navy SEAL died, while placing oxygen tank…

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The Terrible Timing of Tesla’s Expiring $7,500 Tax Credit

Just a few weeks after finally reaching its goal of building 5,000 Model 3 sedans in a week, Tesla has hit another threshold: Earlier this month, it sold its 200,000th car in the US. This milestone, however, is more cause for concern than celebration: From here on out, Elon Musk's customers will start to lose access to the $7,500 federal tax credit that softens the blow of buying an expensive electric. The tax credit scheme dates to the 2008 Energy Improvement and Extension Act, which boosted the budding electric car…

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Elon Musk Presents His Tunnel Vision to the People of LA

One day, if Elon Musk gets his way, the Leo Baeck Temple in Los Angeles’ tony Bel Air neighborhood will be just a hop, skip and a quick walk from the nearest Loop station. The “Loop,” for the uninitiated, is what Musk calls his latest idea for moving people and things from one place to another. In his telling, you would bike or walk into a 16-passenger pod, or drive your car onto a street level elevator, which would ferry you onto an underground electric platform. For a measly $1,…

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I Did Everything I Could To Buy ClickHole, But Their Editorial Integrity Won Out Over My Billion-Dollar Offers, And I Respect Them Even More For That (By Elon Musk)

From electric cars to space travel to brain-computer interface technology, I am constantly expanding my portfolio to include big, forward-thinking ideas that I believe are worth investing in. That’s why when I first read ClickHole, I immediately envisioned the possibilities offered by their unwavering commitment to making all content go viral. I simply knew I had to be a part of what they were doing, even if it meant sacrificing a great portion of my own personal wealth. My efforts were to no avail. I did everything I could to…

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Elon Musk crashes SXSW panel to talk about space travel

Elon Musk, co-founder of Tesla and founder of SpaceX, made a surprise appearance on the Westworld panel at SXSW. After getting cued up by Jonathan Nolan, the co-creator of HBO series Westworld, Musk walked out on stage to people cheering and one person screaming, “Elon, we love you!” During his stage time, he spoke about the excitement of space travel, sending a Tesla into a space and what a time it is to be alive. Musk kicked off his quick on-stage appearance with discussing how there are a lot of negative things in the…

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Space Race 2.0: NASA Just Shot A Used Pickup Truck 30 Feet In The Air With A Trampoline To Compete With SpaceXs Falcon Heavy Launch

All eyes were on SpaceX yesterday as it successfully launched a Tesla Roadster out of Earth’s atmosphere with its newest rocket. But NASA clearly isn’t rolling over and allowing Elon Musk to anoint himself the unquestioned leader of space travel, because the federal agency just shot a used pickup truck over 30 feet into the air from a trampoline. Watch out, SpaceX, because we’ve got a 21st-century space race on our hands. The mood was tense this morning when dozens of NASA engineers carefully pushed a 1997 Ford F-150 off…

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Why Elon Musks SpaceX launch is utterly depressing | Nathan Robinson

Elon Musk is right: silly and fun things are important. But some of them are an indefensible waste of resources Elon Musk Why Elon Musks SpaceX launch is utterly depressing Nathan Robinson Elon Musk is right: silly and fun things are important. But some of them are an indefensible waste of resources Wed 7 Feb 2018 11.04EST Share on Twitter View more sharing options Share on Pinterest Share on Google+ Share on Messenger Close Play Video 1:39 80 people were killed by government airstrikes. Meanwhile, in Florida, Elon Musk fired…

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Elon Musks Boring Co. flamethrower is real, $500 and up for pre-order

So that flamethrower that Elon Musk teased The Boring Company would start selling after it ran out of its 50,000 hats? Yeah, it’s real – and you can pre-order one now if you want need a ridiculous way to spend $500. Musk revealed the flamethrower on Saturday, after some digging tipped its existence late last week. The Boring Company Flamethrower is functional, too, as you can see from this Instagram featuring some Boring Co. staff, presumably well safety trained, firing off two of the things IRL. Great for roasting nuts…

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