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Tesla aiming to build 6,000 Model 3 cars per week by end-June: report

April 17, 2018 Alex 0

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Tesla Inc is aiming to ramp up production to 6,000 Model 3 cars per week by the end of June to reach its weekly goal of 5,000 and allow for a margin of error, automotive news website Electrek reported on Tuesday, citing a letter to employees from Chief Executive Elon Musk.

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Virtual Instagram celebrity, “Lil Miquela”, has had her account hacked

April 17, 2018 Alex 0

The Instagram account for the virtual celebrity known as Lil Miquela has been hacked.

The multi-racial fashionista and advocate for multiculturalism, whose account is followed by nearly 1 million people, has had “her” account taken over by another animated Instagram account holder named “Bermuda“.

Welcome to the spring of 2018.

The hack of the @Lilmiquela account started earlier today, but the Bermuda avatar has long considered Miquela her digital nemesis and has taken steps to hack other of Miquela’s social accounts — like Spotify — before.

Because this is the twenty-first century — and given the polarization of the current political climate — it’s not surprising that the very real culture wars between proponents of pluralism and the Make America Great Again movement would take their fight to feuding avatars.

In posts on the Lil Maquela account, Bermuda proudly flaunts her artificial identity… and a decidedly pro-Trump message.

Unlike Miquela, whose account plays with the notion..

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Former DreamWorks exec Shawn Dennis joins GoldieBlox as president

April 17, 2018 Alex 0

GoldieBlox, a startup looking to get girls hooked on engineering and other STEM fields, has hired Shawn Dennis as its first president.

Dennis was most recently the head of brand and franchise development at DreamWorks Animation and also worked as the chief marketing officer at Mattel’s American Girl. She’s also been on the GoldieBlox board of directors since 2016 — founder and CEO Debbie Sterling told me she’s been “not-so-secretly hoping all along that one day Shawn would come and help me run this thing.”

Sterling said that while GoldieBlox is usually described as a toy company, she’s always had a vision for the Goldie character to become someone who would “inspire girls around the world.”

“I started it really as a social mission: I wanted to close the gender gap in STEM,” she said.

And yes, selling toys where girls can build their own machines is part of that mission, but so is the GoldieBlox YouTube channel and a partnership to produce chapter books with Random House.

Part of D..

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Elon Musk says Tesla will build Model 3s 24/7 until the end of June

April 17, 2018 Alex 0

Elon Musk has set an aggressive new target for production of the Model 3, and it will operate its Fremont, California factory 24 hours a day in order to meet the goal, according to an internal email obtained by Jalopnik.

Musk now says Tesla needs to make 6,000 Model 3s per week by the end of June, an increase of the company’s previous target of 5,000 per week. The reason for the new target, he says, is that 5,000 Model 3s per week leaves the company with “no margin for error” across the company’s manufacturing process and supply chain. “Actual production will move as fast as the least lucky and least well-executed part of the entire Tesla production/supply chain system,” he writes.

To accomplish these production numbers, Musk says Tesla…

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Amazon made an efficient Android browser called Internet, and it’s now available in India

April 17, 2018 Alex 0

Amazon now has an Android web browser app that’s designed to use minimal storage and data. It’s called… Internet. The app has been sitting unspotted in the Google Play app store since March. Amazon hasn’t publicly announced its launch, which was reported by TechCrunch. It’s currently only available to users located in India and runs on Android 5.0 and higher devices.

The app offers a web browser that supports private tabs that don’t save browser history and it has a homepage that shows cricket news and more general headlines for its users.

Internet is reminiscent of Facebook Lite, YouTube Go, or Gmail Go, all apps that companies launched as slimmer versions of the original mobile versions. They provide the same basic features as the…

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China’s ZTE may lose Android software license as U.S. market woes build

April 17, 2018 Alex 0

SAN FRANCISCO/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – ZTE Corp may not be able to use Google's Android operating system in its mobile devices after the U.S. limited ZTE's access to American suppliers this week, a source familiar with the matter said on Tuesday, potentially adding another drag on U.S. sales for the Chinese firm.

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Leaked Tesla email says Model 3 will go to 24/7 production

April 17, 2018 Alex 0

Tesla is about to ramp up production of the Model 3 sedan according to an email obtained by Jalopnik. The company shut down the sedan’s production line this week, but this email says the line will soon be running and a third shift will be added allowing the sedan to be built around the clock. Tesla is aiming to produce 6,000 Model 3 sedans per week by June.

The email, reportedly penned by Elon Musk, details a wide-range of topics including Model 3 production, financial expenditures, manufacturing tolerances, Tesla’s lack of financial profit, and how meetings can kill a company.

According to this note, the Model 3 line will be down for three to five days “to do a comprehensive set of upgrades.” It states that this will allow Tesla to ramp up production to 3000 to 4000 Model 3 sedans by next month. Then, the company plans to implement another set of upgrades to allow for 6000 by the end of June. Last week, according to this email, Tesla completed its third consecutive week of making ov..

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Electric scooter permits will be required in San Francisco

April 17, 2018 Alex 0

The San Francisco Board of Supervisors unanimously voted today to approve the ordinance that looks to regulate electric scooters in San Francisco. The ordinance seeks to establish regulation and a permitting process that would enable the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency or Department of Public Works to take action against scooters from companies that don’t have an official permit from the city.

“Part of the brouhaha has been really the function of the fact, which was admitted yesterday, was that some of these companies have been a little bit fast and loose with the truth,” Supervisor Jeff Sheehy, a sponsor of the ordinance, said today at the Board of Supervisors meeting.

Sheehy is referencing the fact that Lime, Spin and Bird deployed their respective scooters without permission from the city. The permitting scheme the city has in min, Sheehy said, is very similar to the one San Francisco has in place around stationless bike-sharing.

“This is a basic permitting scheme t..