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Going private would offer Musk and his team much more control over the company's future vision and daily operations.Elon Musk has announced that he is thinking of taking Tesla private, eight years after the automaker's initial public offering.Musk's reasoning, outlined in an email to Tesla staff, is that he wants to escape the "wild swings" in stock prices that result from Wall Street speculators.Going private would allow the company to focus on its long-term goals.There's a big challenge here of finding a funder, but if Musk manages it, taking Tesla private would also help the company boost its brand.In doing so, Tesla will follow a number of luxury brands that are still privately owned including Chanel and Rolex.
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One of the restrictions you have to put up with if you don't give Spotify a monthly subscription fee is having to sit through a certain number of ads while your music plays.Now the music streaming service is toying with the idea of letting users on the free tier skip these ads if they want.The idea, Spotify tells Adage, is that users only hear the advertising their actually interested in and advertisers get an audience that's more engaged with what they're trying to sell (and wouldn't pay for skipped ads).It's potentially a win-win for all involved."Our hypothesis is if we can use this to fuel our streaming intelligence, and deliver a more personalized experience and a more engaging audience to our advertisers, it will improve the outcomes that we can deliver for brands," says Spotify's Danielle Lee.At the moment the feature is only being tested with a limited number of users, and there's no indication if or when this is going to roll out to the Spotify community at large.
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Matt Rosoff, former West Coast Editor for Business Insider SAI, conveys some venture capitalists’ feedback on pitches:Rothrock has seen more than 10,000 pitches, and the best ones are short and to the point.• Answer questions quickly without getting defensive.Maris is particularly turned off by people who get defensive during Q He ends up concentrating on their attitude instead of their company.Kopelman says that most successful entrepreneurs are great storytellers.They have to be able to get investors to believe in their crazy idea, and then convince employees to sign on and press to write about it.Senkut agreed; it’s easy for entrepreneurs to inspire their first few employees with stock options or founding titles.
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President Trump says in a tweet that he has dinner plans with Apple CEO Tim Cook.Cook has been vocal in his disapproval of certain Trump Administration policies, particularly around immigration and trade.Diners in the vicinity of Bedminster, New Jersey could find themselves in very powerful company on Friday evening.President Trump, who has been at the Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster since August 3, has dinner plans with Apple CEO Tim Cook, according to a tweet sent Friday."He is investing big dollars in U.S.A.," Trump said in the tweet.He said that Apple's investment in the United States was made possible by the tax reform laws passed late last year.
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Woods, which have been used for thousands of years, have received considerable attention due to the low density and high strength.The unique anisotropic cellular structure endow the woods with outstanding mechanical performances.In recent decades, various materials have been produced into monolithic materials with anisotropically cellular structures, trying to duplicate the lightweight and high-strength woods.However, the reported artificial wood-like materials suffer from unsatisfactory mechanical properties.Up to now, it is still a significant challenge to fabricate the artificial wood-like materials with the lightweight and high-strength properties.Recently, a research team led by Prof. YU Shuhong from the University of Science and Technology of China (USTC) demonstrate a novel strategy for large-scale fabrication of a family of bioinspired polymeric woods with similar polyphenol matrix materials, wood-like cellular microstructures, and outstanding comprehensive performance by a self-assembly and thermocuring process of traditional resins (phenolic resin and melamine resin).
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A summer student has been removed from an experiment after NASA decided that a completely accurate note mentioning President Donald Trump attached to an experiment that fell in a field in the US state of New Jersey was a “misguided attempt to be lighthearted,” a NASA spokesperson told WNBC-TV.South Brunswick police say the package, attached to a parachute, was making a hissing sound and included a note that said: “NASA Atmospheric Research Instrument NOT A BOMB!If this lands near the President, we at NASA wish him a great round of golf.”The President really was at his golf course in Bedminster, New Jersey, 29 miles away from where the package landed.The package was a wire-filled white styrofoam box attached to a red parachute, WNBC-TV reports, that landed in a New Jersey solar panel field on Tuesday.A bomb squad and even the Secret Service investigated the package, which turned out to be an ozone-measuring device launched as part of the “Long Island Sound Tropospheric Ozone Study.” It was one of six balloons, another of which did land near the president’s Bedminster golf course.
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A rubber-handed robot has proven it’s more of a whiz at “Where’s Waldo” than most humans, and it’s been given the appropriate name “There’s Waldo.”The robot has cut its hunting time down to a mere 4.5 seconds — “better than most 5-year-olds” says the video’s rather harsh description.Watch the little rapscallion smack the crap out of Waldo’s pudding-like face here:Don’t watch the video if you don’t want to be spoiled.You know, if “Where’s Waldo” is your thing.Created by the creative agency Redpepper, the little arm is controlled via a Raspberry Pi.
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Microsoft software-defined data centre coming, NVMe-oF kit, play Mist for me and moreMicrosoft has said it'll be bringing "software-defined" capabilities to Windows Server in 2019.It would have been easy to have missed it, though: Redmond didn't offer a product release, it buried the story at seventh place in a "top-10 networking features in Windows Server 2019" list, here.Greg Cusanza and Schumann Ge of the Windows data centre networking team wrote that Windows Server 2019 will get a new deployment UI and a Windows Admin Center extension to support the server's SDN environment, and the enhancements will reach back to Windows Server 2016.The SDN features, Cusanza wrote, form the basis for Win Server 2019's software-defined data centre (SDDC) capabilities, “providing software-based network functions such as virtual networking with switching, routing, firewalling with micro-segmentation, third-party appliances, and load balancing, all virtualised and highly optimised for availability and performance.”Next Monday, Ethernet vendors will hoist their kit over to the University of New Hampshire's InterOperability Laboratory, plug it all in, and hope nothing goes wrong.
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Google has, more and more, attempted to offer public figures a chance to manage their own Google results — and in this case it appears to be trying to have fun with those inane questions people are always Googling about their favorite celebrities.The app is called Cameos, and it’s currently only available on the iOS App Store.It’s a terribly exclusive app.In order to even use it, you have to be issued an invite code.I mention that so you know I haven’t had the chance to test this personally because, you know — your girl isn’t exactly pulling in those Beyoncé crowds.But from the looks of it, once you’re in the app, you answer questions of your choice on video, and then those videos appear in the card to the side of your search results.
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NBC’s The Good Place has already accomplished the seemingly impossible by making philosophical debate the centerpiece of pop culture phenomenon.Now the creators hope to do a bit more by proving the show’s premise that anyone can do good things in life.Writers from the show, which just wrapped production on its third season, have launched a CrowdRise campaign called The Good Cause, seeking $25,000 in donations for KIND (Kids in Need of Defense), a decade-old group that provides legal services for immigrant children separated from parents.“Everything is…well, it could be better,” notes the introduction on the fundraiser.“Our show deals with the concepts of what it means to be good and how to do the most good for the most people.As we wrap up production on season 3 of The Good Place, let’s put theory into practice by supporting migrant children, many of whom have been separated from their parents at the border.
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The Galaxy Note 9 is here — but is it an upgrade from last year's Galaxy Note 8?In several ways, yes: the Galaxy Note 9 has a bigger battery, some advanced camera features, and more starting storage.It also comes with a more advanced S Pen that can be used as a remote (which, if you buy the blue version of the Galaxy Note 9, comes in bright yellow).The Galaxy Note 9 is also bigger, heavier, and costs at least $70 more than last year's model, putting it on par with the iPhone X as one of the most expensive smartphones you can buy.So whether you're considering upgrading from the Galaxy Note 8, or you're trying to decide between the two phones — after all, the Galaxy Note 8 is still an excellent phone and now has a reduced price tag — here are all the ways the Galaxy Note 9 differs from the Galaxy Note 8.The Galaxy Note 8 comes with three storage options: 64 GB, 128 GB, or 256 GB.
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Comfort-watch millennium cultural time capsule sitcom Friends is still baffling people with its popularity, as a new generation of viewers – watching solely through streaming services – have made it the most popular thing to watch via paid digital services.According to some fairly impenetrable data released by Ofcom [PDF], Friends recorded more than twice as many streaming views as The Grand Tour during the first quarter of 2018, with the latter the second most streamed programme.Friends has an advantage in that all 2.7 million episodes of it were dumped on Netflix UK in one lump earlier this year, so there's quite the trove of Chandler being confused to get through.The stats only cover the "subscription video on demand" part of the viewing sector, so there are probably some BBC Four documentaries about caravanning that have been watched more than Friends in 2018.The world's not that far gone yet.[Media nations [PDF] via Sky News]
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Electric scooter startups are raising billions of dollars in capital, but the backlash might be beginning.A Santa Monica resident posted a startling image on Twitter comparing scores of abandoned Bird electric scooters to the Hitchcock film "The Birds."Electric scooter startups have run into trouble with city officials around the US for dumping their wares into new locations without asking.Silicon Valley's venture capitalists might be pouring billions into electric scooter startups, but firms like Bird, Lime, and Spin are already facing a backlash from residents.This was highlighted by a light-hearted tweet from Madeline Eskind, a product manager at Twitter.She posted an image of scores of abandoned Bird scooters in the startup's home city of Santa Monica, with the caption: "The 2018 remake of Alfred Hitchcock’s 'The Birds.'"
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The growth has been remarkable.Boom times ... "It is clear that the market will not be able to support most of this new entrants, but it is equally clear that both the founders and the capital markets think that there will be room for multiple players," the report states.But certainly this newsletter will try.Rocket Lab has softened the blow of this additional launch delay by promising that the fourth flight of the Electron vehicle will occur "within weeks" of the third flight.If the company succeeds with this, it will send a strong signal that Rocket Lab truly has entered an operational phase.In late September 2016, the Austin-based Firefly rocket company announced it was furloughing its entire staff, citing financial problems when an unnamed investor backed out.
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I didn’t understand the Apple HomePod, when it launched six months ago.It just seemed like Apple’s weird attempt at showing Amazon and Google that it could make speakers too.This thing is still incredibly overpriced, and AirPlay is so good it almost makes the HomePod worth it.You can pair multiple speakers together and stream the exact same thing – whether it be audio from your laptop or music from Spotify – to every AirPlay device.Now, you can pair the HomePod up with other speakers, including existing Sonos systems, and create a multi-room audio oasis.It lacks the detail and midrange that I’d prefer for classical music, but the Apple smart speaker plays stuff like Janelle Monae’s “Make Me Feel” with a bass-heavy liveliness that I love.
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The internet gives us all access to pretty much the entire sum of human knowledge, and lets us stay on top of things happening in the world like ever before.But there's only so much time in the day, and the amount of news that's being pumped out is seemingly without end.So, in a bid to make that easier for people, the BBC has been playing around with the concept of speedreading news on smartwatches.Because of how much we end up reading throughout the day, mainly on smartphones and other digital devices, the BBC teamed up with Spritz to see how much of an impact speedreading could have on peoples' lives.The idea behind it is based on the fact that moving your eyes to read standard text can take up as much as 80 per cent of your reading time.So by using a speedreading method, which displays a single word at a time and has readers focusing on a single point, they can get through the information much faster than normal.
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PasarPolis secures partnerships and funding from three Indonesian unicorns (Indonesia).The insurtech company said Go-Jek, Traveloka, and Tokopedia have invested in its series A round, but it didn’t reveal the amount.Founded in 2015, PasarPolis’ platform allows users to compare and purchase insurance policies.Regulator accepts Grab-Uber deal but with conditions (The Philippines).Among the conditions that the Philippine Competition Commission (PCC) handed out to Grab was how the ride-hailing firm shouldn’t impose prices that can be considered an “extraordinary deviation” from the minimum allowed fare.The PCC warned that Grab will be slapped with a fine if it violates the conditions.
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Turla Driver Loader is able to bypass Microsoft Windows protections in order to exploit the kernel.On Thursday at the Black Hat conference in Las Vegas, researchers from cybersecurity firm Endgame demonstrated how kernel attacks can go beyond standard malware and exploits to fully compromise a Windows machine with a fileless technique.As reported by Threat Post, during the session “Kernel Mode Threats and Practical Defenses,” senior Endgame researcher Joe Desimone demonstrated how the Turla Driver Loader could be crafted into a full, fileless kernel-mode attack.While the security measure is intended to prevent drivers loading without digital signing, according to the developers of TDL, this “ruined many freeware programs” and “didn’t fix anything in the anti-malware field,” leading to the development of the bypass.The component of PC operating systems called the kernel is a critical aspect of today’s machines.If a threat actor manages to gain access to the kernel they can poke around the critical elements of an OS and perform actions which otherwise would be forbidden.
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At Samsung’s Unpacked event, the company confirmed what we already knew, and announced its Samsung Galaxy Note 9 phablet.With LTE connectivity, a slew of new health features, and three different colours, it seems Samsung is stuffing every feature it can find inside the thing.It’s a bit on the large side, however, though it does look like a fine piece of horology (as long as you plan on ditching the band).It’s water resistant (up to 165 feet deep) and has a high-resolution AMOLED touchscreen display coated in Corning Gorilla Glass DX+ designed to make wearable devices more scratch-resistant, something one might appreciate if they don’t want a watch that looks like it got into a fight with some steel wool after a few years.42mm is the largest size offered by Apple for its Apple Watch.Large watches, obviously, fit larger wrists, and that spells a potential problem for women who (surprise!)
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If you wanna group-buy, go Pinduoduo; every day, every time Pinduoduo.Pinduoduo.” This song repeatedly appeared in celebrity reality show Go Fighting sponsored by the company.To many Chinese consumers, particularly those in the middle class, Pinduoduo exists in this song, not their lives.The new sponsorship quickly made Pinduoduo’s brand well-known in China’s mainstream market.Though the show’s fans didn’t know the exact reasons behind the sponsor change, they believed Pinduoduo must be powerful—at least the sponsorship fee they paid should be equivalent to Tmall’s.As criticism of its business, products, and operation rose, debates have gone beyond Pinduoduo to issues of China’s retail business, legal principles, and social fragmentation.
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