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Uber Hails a Ride to Wall Street, and More Car News This Week

They’re growing up now! Uber, once the enfant terrible of the tech industry, put on its big kid pants and publicly filed for IPO this week, attempting to prove, once and for all, that it’s got its crap together. Its filing reveals a sprawling company that’s made strides since ex-CEO Travis Kalanick was dropping Boober jokes back in 2014—but one that also has a few big, hulking problems on the horizon, like fighting drivers on employee classification issues and, you know, achieving profitability. Also in transpo people and companies trying…

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Elon Musk was meant to have his Tesla tweets pre-approved. The SEC claims he didn’t bother.

Elon Musk was meant to have his Tesla tweets pre-approved. The SEC claims he didn't bother.Image: Robyn Beck-Pool/Getty Images The barbs continue to be thrown over Elon Musk’s tweeting. As part of a settlement with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) over that notorious “funding secured” tweet, Musk agreed to have certain tweets pre-approved by Tesla. SEE ALSO: Tesla reveals the Model Y, its new mid-size SUV The tweets to be vetted were ones “that contain, or reasonably could contain, information material” to the company or its shareholders.  The agreement…

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Boeings 737 Crash, Teslas Model Y, and More News This Week

Here at WIRED Transportation, we get to write about all sorts of stuff. Self-driving cars. Hyperloops. Bike lane design. Subway maps. The occasional man dressed up as a car seat for an apparently legitimate purpose. You get the idea. So it’s rare when a mere one or two topics dominate our pages for an entire week. But that’s what happened over the past seven days. The first of those stories started Sunday morning, when a Boeing 737 MAX 8 jet operated by Ethiopian Airlines crashed a few minutes after taking…

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Tesla no longer lists Model 3 price with gas savings but only in Germany

The Model 3's cost can look a lot lower at a glance.Image: tesla Just like when Germany wasn’t too pleased with Tesla’s naming choice for its semi-autonomous feature (confusingly called Autopilot), the country’s automotive industry group is calling out the American electric vehicle company for misleading pricing online for the Model 3 sedan. This week Reuters reported that the Wettbewerbszentrale nonprofit association that oversees fairness in the auto industry asked Tesla to include the full price of the car and remove the price based on gas savings and tax incentives…

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Tesla cars with 121 miles of range can go ‘Back to the Future’

Outatime.Image: Tara Ziemba/Getty Images Where we’re going, we don’t need roads…  The latest Tesla Easter egg discovered this weekend is expertly hidden deep within the electric car’s mobile phone app. It’s making Tesla-owning Back to the Future fans scream”Great Scott!”  The 1985 classic sci-fi film starring a very young Michael J. Fox as Marty McFly and Christopher Lloyd as Doc Brown is all about time traveling in a classy old DeLorean. Tesla’s Model S, X, and 3 aren’t time machines, but they get close. SEE ALSO: Tesla’s fart mode is…

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Why Silicon Valley needs more visas

Henrique Dubugras Photo courtesy of Flickr/jvoves While it might sound counterintuitive, immigrants create more jobs and make our economy stronger. Research from the National Foundation of American Policy (NFAP) has shown that immigrant-founded billion-dollar companies doubled their number of employees over the past two years. According to the research, “WeWork went from 1,200 to 6,000 employees between 2016 and 2018, Houzz increased from 800 to 1,800 employees the last two years, while Cloudflare went from 225 to 715 employees.” We’ve seen the same growth at Brex. In just one year…

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Elon Musk couldn’t stop tweeting in 2018

Musk has tweets for everything.Image: mashable composite: ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images / twitter What better way to really understand Elon Musk’s year as Tesla CEO than to look back at his Twitter. It’s been a bumpy and very busy year for the electric car executive. He went from the depths of despair to turning a profit for Tesla for the first time — with a few lawsuits and scathing news reports thrown in for good measure. He even took a few puffs of marijuana on a podcast. His most famous tweet of…

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In venture capital, its still the age of the unicorn

Howie Xu At the time, the piece defined a new breed of startup — the $1 billion privately held company. When Lee did her first count, there were 39 “unicorns”; an improbable, but not impossible number.. Today, the once-scarce unicorn has become a global herd with 376 companies on the roster and counting. But the proliferation of unicorns begs raises certain questions. Is this new breed of unicorn artificially created? Could these magical companies see their valuations slip and fall out of the herd? Does this indicate an irrational exuberance…

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Elon Musk admits he shouldn’t have tweeted so much

Elon Musk goes into his wild 2018.Image: DAVID MCNEW/AFP/Getty Images Tesla, SpaceX, and the Boring Company CEO Elon Musk made an appearance on Recode’s podcast and he talked to the publication’s Kara Swisher about tweeting, building a car company, a cyberpunk Tesla pickup truck, electric scooters, and the race to self-driving cars. Plus a whole lot more, like the eccentric billionaire’s likely demise on Mars. In an hour-plus conversation the tech journalist hit on a lot of hot topics and Musk didn’t evade or skip around most answers. He admitted…

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GMs Super Cruise just beat out Teslas Autopilot in Consumer Reports ranking

Tesla’s Autopilot is often touted as the most capable and advanced driver assistance system available on the market today. But in Consumer Reports’ view that honor actually goes to Cadillac’s Super Cruise. The consumer organization gave Super Cruise the top spot in its first-ever ranking of partially automated driving systems because it is the best at striking a balance between technical capabilities and ensuring drivers are paying attention and operating the vehicle safely. That’s an important distinction that means CR is considering a lot more than simply the technical capabilities of…

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Spotted: Tesla’s electric Semi truck pops up in Utah

The Semi electric Tesla truck has been on the road for weeks.Image: VERONIQUE DUPONT/AFP/Getty Images Where Tesla’s prototype electric Semi — a battery-powered long-haul truck — will go next is anyone’s guess. But in recent days, Elon Musk’s truck was spotted in Salt Lake City, Utah. SEE ALSO: Tesla’s electric semi could be the ‘biggest catalyst for the trucking industry in decades,’ says analyst A woman who said she’s a Tesla employee posted on her Instagram Friday pictures of the truck and an inside view of the big-rig. She wrote…

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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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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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