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Ridesharing

Elon Musk confirms his bid to take Tesla private, backed by Saudi Arabia’s sovereign wealth fund

Yesterday I speculated that Elon Musk’s hints that he wanted to take Tesla private with Saudi Arabia’s sovereign wealth fund backing it might not be as far-fetched as people think. Today Musk has published a statement claiming that he has been talking to the Saudi Arabian sovereign wealth fund …

Tesla

Startups should read this checklist before they go ‘whale hunting’ for big partners

A top-four tech company recently approached the CEO of one of our B2B portfolio companies with a tremendous offer. This company, with buy-in from its world-famous CEO, believes the startup’s core technology could help it catch up to a rival in an incredibly important space and wanted to discuss a …

Startups

Understanding smartwatches

I was wrong. Several years ago I reviewed the first Garmin Fenix 3 smartwatch. This was before the release of the Apple Watch. That’s key to this story. I declared Garmin would have a hard time selling the Fenix 3. The Apple Watch would be better in every way, I pointed out. Therefore, there would …

Apple Watch

SoftBank to Shun Tesla Deal as It Focuses on Other Car Bets, Sources Say

Speculation about who may or may not finance Tesla Inc. CEO Elon Musk’s audacious plan to take the carmaker private is distracting dealmakers from a …

Venture Capital

Lawsuits accuse Tesla's Musk of fraud over tweets, going-private proposal

(Reuters) - Tesla Inc and Chief Executive Elon Musk were sued twice on Friday by investors who said they fraudulently engineered a scheme to squeeze short-sellers, including through Musk's proposal to take the electric car company private.<p>The lawsuits were filed three days after Musk stunned …

Tesla

With no white knight in sight, Tesla shares plummet from Musk’s tweet-related highs

Investors definitely aren’t stoked by the deafening silence coming from Tesla after its chief executive announced in a tweet that he plans to drop a fat sack of cash on public shareholders in a bid to take the company private.<p>Tesla’s shares have tumbled from their post-tweet highs as investors are …

Tesla

Apple's home city Cupertino wants a Hyperloop

Cupertino, the city that hosts Apple's gigantic "spaceship campus," said it's in preliminary talks with Hyperloop to bring the high speed train to town. "We are talking to Hyperloop to have a line," said councilor Barry Chang. "If this comes to a realization, it would only take five minutes from …

Transportation

Will self-driving cars kill parking?

Some people have postulated that autonomous ridesharing cars will never need to park and cities of the future will not need street parking, parking lots or parking garages. But parking is far from dead. In fact, the $100 billion market may be poised to grow.<p>We’ve heard from parking startup founders …

Ridesharing

What every startup founder should know about exits

The dream of a startup founder can often be summarized by the following well-intentioned, and mostly delusional, quote: <i>“We’ll</i> <i>raise a few rounds and in a few years we’ll IPO on Nasdaq.”</i><p>But a more likely scenario looks something like this:<p>You invest a few years of hard work to build something of …

Startups

Waymo begins experimenting with self-driving taxi prices

Alphabet unit is also taking early steps to position itself as a link to public transportation<p>Waymo, the self-driving unit of Google parent Alphabet, has kept mum about how much it will eventually charge people to ride in its autonomous taxis. But according to <i>Bloomberg</i>, the self-driving company has …

Waymo

Elon Musk promises 'party and camper mode' for your next Tesla bender

If you've ever played one of those nighttime basketball games lit by a row of car headlights, you'll know that batteries don't last forever. But Elon Musk has an idea that might keep the party going longer than the keg will.<p>On Twitter today, Elon Musk promised that Tesla will add a "party and …

Tesla

Tesla whistleblower countersues over Elon Musk’s ‘defamatory’ statements

The former Gigafactory employee says the CEO’s tweets and the company’s comments resulted in threats to his personal safety<p>The former Tesla employee who was sued for allegedly hacking and leaking trade secrets has filed a counterclaim against the company over potentially defamatory comments made by …

Tesla

Waymo partners with Phoenix to connect people to public transit

Waymo, the former Google self-driving project that spun out to become a business under Alphabet, is launching a program in Phoenix next month that will focus on delivering people to bus stops and train and light-rail stations.<p>The pilot program announced Tuesday is in partnership with Valley Metro, …

Transit

Tesla is making a $1500… surfboard?

Tesla is no stranger to branded merch. Its got the standard company swag — the hats, the shirts, and the mugs. It’s got quirkier stuff, like miniature Teslas for kids and USB chargers shaped like the Superchargers that juice up their vehicles.<p>And now they’ve got… surfboards?<p>While it’s now gone for …

Tesla

SpaceX’s hyperloop race was all about ‘maximum speed’ (and celebrating Elon Musk)

‘Every team is very committed to the cause’<p>On a recent Sunday, hundreds of engineering students and fans of futuristic, high-speed transportation gathered under a blazing sun outside the headquarters of SpaceX in Hawthorne, Calif., to do two things: watch some hyperloop pods go really fast, and …

Hyperloop

Tesla Released a $1,500 Surfboard That Sold Out In a Day

Attention Tesla and surfboard enthusiasts—some new branded merch from Tesla was just released over the weekend. The company collaborated with Lost …

Tesla

Volvo’s Polestar performance brand is working on a Tesla Model 3 competitor

Previous Next<p>1 of 9<p>Volvo’s dedicated performance and luxury division, Polestar, is apparently gearing up to take on the Tesla Model 3. According to a …

Tesla Model 3

Tommy Hilfiger has launched a ridiculous line of smart clothing that rewards you for wearing it

Here comes more smart clothing nobody asked for. Fashion brand Tommy Hilfiger today announced the launch of a new line of men’s and women’s clothing, Tommy Jeans Xplore, which comes with smart-chip embedded technology. Unlike, say, Google’s Project Jacquard and its partnership with Levi’s, the goal …

Tommy Hilfiger

Uber self-driving cars back on public roads, but in manual mode

Uber is putting its autonomous vehicles back on Pittsburgh’s city streets, four months after a fatal accident involving one of its self-driving cars prompted the ride-hailing company to halt testing on public roads. But for now, Uber’s modified self-driving Volvo XC90 vehicles will only be driven …

Autonomous Vehicle

Ford plans to spend $4 billion on autonomous vehicles by 2023

Ford Motor plans to spend $4 billion through 2023 in a newly created LLC dedicated to building out an autonomous vehicles business.<p>The automaker announced Tuesday it has created Ford Autonomous Vehicles LLC, which will house the company’s self-driving systems integration, autonomous-vehicle …

Autonomous Vehicle

Motiv ring is ready to track your activity on Android

Motiv's Android app is now out of beta, and the full version comes with features its iOS counterpart had upon launch. It can track your activity, sleep and resting heart rate, it works with Amazon's Alexa voice assistant and it has the ability to share the data it collects with your friends and …

Android News

Samsung Just Accidentally Leaked Its New Galaxy Watch - And What It Means

Samsung Galaxy Watch is all but confirmed as the name of the company’s latest smartwatch to take on the Apple Watch, Fitbit Ionic and others. And the confirmation? It comes from Samsung itself on its own website! This was first reported by Scott Stein at CNET.<p>Samsung’s commitment to smartwatches …

Wear OS

​NSW extends driverless vehicle trial to two regional hubs

The state government has chosen Coffs Harbour and Armidale for the next test beds of its driverless shuttle.<p>The New South Wales government has …

Roads

Tesla reportedly asked suppliers for cash back to help it reach profitability

In an unusual move, Tesla reportedly asked some suppliers to return part of the money it’s paid them since 2016, including for past work. According to the Wall Street Journal, which reviewed a memo Tesla sent to a supplier last week, the electric auto maker said it is asking suppliers for refunds …

Tesla

Inside the rise and reign of supergiant venture capital rounds

There was a time not so long ago when nine-figure venture capital rounds weren’t a near-daily feature of tech business news.<p>But now funding rounds of $100 million or more cross the wires with stunning frequency.<p>The era of supergiant rounds is now the new normal. This is attributable, in part, to …

Venture Capital

Musk disputes rumors that Model 3 cancellations are outpacing orders

Tesla's Model 3 production rate has been a topic of interest for some time, but lately, so has the company's order rates. Following an analyst's suggestion that Tesla was now receiving more cancellations than orders, CEO Elon Musk took to Twitter to dispel that notion, giving a glimpse into Tesla's …

Tesla

Tesla pushes back against reports on Model 3 cancellations

Customers have been cancelling orders on Tesla's Model 3 car as production ramped up — which Elon Musk promised. However, the company refuted those …

Tesla

Waymo’s autonomous cars have driven 8 million miles on public roads

Alphabet’s self-driving unit hits a new milestone<p>Waymo, the self-driving unit of Google parent company Alphabet, has hit another milestone: 8 million miles driven on public roads. That translates into roughly 25,000 miles driven every day, which is light-years ahead of the company’s competitors and …

Roads

Data breach exposes trade secrets of carmakers GM, Ford, Tesla, Toyota

Security researcher UpGuard Cyber Risk disclosed Friday that sensitive documents from more than 100 manufacturing companies, including GM, Fiat Chrysler, Ford, Tesla, Toyota, ThyssenKrupp, and VW were exposed on a publicly accessible server belonging to Level One Robotics.<p>The exposure via Level One …

Security