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Elon Musk to Ken Jennings: 'Knucklehead'

The pair feud on Twitter over the Tesla factory controversy

(Newser) - It looks like Elon Musk is getting his way over his Tesla factory in Fremont, Calif. The CEO reopened his factory Monday in defiance of orders from Alameda County, and the county tweeted Wednesday that the plant can continue its "minimum business operations" this week and ramp up to... More »

Trump Sides With Elon Musk on Reopening

President says Tesla factory in California should be allowed to reopen 'NOW'

(Newser) - President Trump is picking sides in Elon Musk's fight to reopen his Tesla factory . California should let him do so "NOW," the president tweeted Tuesday. "It can be done Fast & Safely!" Musk actually reopened the facility in Fremont Monday, though it's not yet... More »

Musk Reopens Factory 'Against County Rules'

CEO fighting stay-at-home orders offers to be arrested on Tesla production line

(Newser) - For weeks, Elon Musk has been ripping the stay-at-home orders that have kept his auto factory in Fremont, California, shut down during the pandemic. On Monday, the Tesla CEO graduated to open defiance. "Tesla is restarting production today against Alameda County rules," Musk tweeted. Saying that he'll... More »

Musk: 'Tesla Will Now Move'

Tesla's CEO says he's moving the company headquarters 'to Texas/Nevada immediately'

(Newser) - Tesla CEO Elon Musk threatened Saturday to pull the company’s factory and headquarters out of California in an escalating spat with local officials who have stopped the company from reopening its electric vehicle factory, the AP reports. On Twitter, Musk also threatened to sue over Alameda County Health Department... More »

Elon Musk Really Is Selling His Homes

He's listed 2 of his Bel Air properties

(Newser) - Imagine no possessions—Elon Musk seems to be trying. The Tesla CEO may have been serious when he tweeted Friday that he is "selling almost all physical possessions" and "will own no house." Musk put two of his homes, both in Los Angeles' ritzy Bel Air neighborhood,... More »

Elon Musk Continues His Rant in Earnings Call

Tesla founder unleashes expletive-laced tirade

(Newser) - Elon Musk wasn't done after his Twitter diatribe against the coronavirus lockdown . After those early Wednesday tweets, the Tesla founder continued his rant during an earnings call the same day. Some quotes, per the Guardian , CNBC , and the Verge :
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Musk Praised for 'Heroic Effort' in Coronavirus Fight

He donates more than 1K ventilators to LA

(Newser) - Elon Musk has been criticized for downplaying the coronavirus crisis and hesitating to close Tesla factories —but he may also have saved many lives. The Tesla founder, who promised to supply ventilators if there was a shortage, has now donated more than 1,000 of them to Los Angeles,... More »

Tesla Bucks Shelter-in-Place Order, Says It's 'Essential'

Automaker hasn't shut down Fremont factory yet, despite Bay Area mandate

(Newser) - The San Francisco Bay Area is under the "strictest measure of its kind" in the US amid the novel coronavirus outbreak, with residents forced to shelter in place at home for three weeks. Also included in the regional mandate from officials in seven California counties was an order that... More »

Elon Musk: Who Needs 'Annoying' College?

Tesla CEO says college is 'not for learning,' praises dropouts like Steve Jobs, Bill Gates

(Newser) - Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk appeared in a "fireside chat" Monday at the Satellite 2020 space community conference, and during the Q&A portion he was asked about the accessibility of higher learning and how college could be made more affordable for students in need. Musk's answer:... More »

NTSB: Tesla Driver Was Playing Video Game During Fatal Crash

'If you own a car with partial automation, you do not own a self-driving car'

(Newser) - The National Transportation Safety Board says the driver of a Tesla SUV who died in a Silicon Valley crash two years ago was playing a video game on his smartphone while his vehicle was being controlled by a partially automated driving system. Chairman Robert Sumwalt said at the start of... More »

He Complained About Tesla Autopilot, Was Killed in Autopilot Crash

Walter Huang said his Model X veered toward the same barrier that ultimately killed him

(Newser) - An Apple engineer who died when his Tesla Model X slammed into a concrete barrier had previously complained about the SUV malfunctioning on that same stretch of Silicon Valley freeway. His complaints were detailed in a trove of documents released Tuesday by federal investigators in two Tesla crashes involving Autopilot,... More »

Tesla Bears' Refrain: 'I Got My Butt Kicked'

'Wall Street Journal' tallies losses of $8.4B this year for those betting against the company

(Newser) - "Oh damn, I got my butt kicked." That's the lament of private investor Robert Majteles to the Wall Street Journal over the recent meteoric rise of Tesla's stock . The assessment pretty much sums up the story, which explains that Majteles is one of many investors in... More »

Tesla's 'Insane' Stock Run Making a Fortune for Elon Musk

Shares rose 19% Monday and were even higher on Tuesday, making billions for CEO

(Newser) - Tesla's stock had an epic day on Monday with a rise of 19%. Tuesday might end up being even better. CNBC reports that Elon Musk's electric-car company surged as much as 20% in early trading to more than $900 a share. “I just can’t believe this... More »

Autopilot Questions Follow Fatal Tesla Crashes

Safety advocates want automaker to ensure drivers pay attention

(Newser) - Three crashes involving Teslas that killed three people have increased scrutiny of the company's Autopilot driving system just months before CEO Elon Musk plans to put fully self-driving cars on the road. On Sunday, a Tesla Model S sedan left a freeway in Gardena, California, at a high speed,... More »

Tesla Crash Kills 2

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is investigating

(Newser) - A Tesla crash killed two people in the wee hours of Sunday in a Los Angeles suburb, and now the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is investigating. The Tesla Model S was speeding, ran a red light, and hit a Honda Civic at the Gardena intersection, killing a man and... More »

Tesla's Share Price Gets Really, Uh, High

It hits Musk's $420 milestone

(Newser) - Tesla shares got higher than they'd ever been before on Monday and while it's not clear whether Elon Musk did as well, the CEO certainly had cause to celebrate. The price hit $420 on Monday, the pot culture-inspired milestone at which Musk said he was thinking about taking... More »

Musk Points Out an Issue With Wikipedia Page

He's no investor, Tesla CEO says

(Newser) - Elon Musk said he looked at his Wikipedia page for the first time in years on Sunday. "It's insane!" Musk tweeted , adding that the page was "a war zone with a zillion edits." Still, the Tesla CEO asked for one more. "Can someone please... More »

Elon Musk Will Have His Day in Court

Tesla CEO to testify this week in trial tied to 'pedo guy' defamation lawsuit brought by British diver

(Newser) - Elon Musk has made at least a few tweets he probably regrets (or maybe not ), but one in particular will see him in court this week for a defamation trial. In October, a judge rejected Musk's attempts to nix the lawsuit brought against him by British diver Vernon... More »

This Police Force Is Getting a Cybertruck

Dubai plans to use in tourist-heavy areas

(Newser) - Police in Dubai apparently aren't too worried about criminals throwing metal balls at their vehicles. The force has signaled that it plans to place an order for Tesla's futuristic Cybertruck, despite a well-publicized window failure during the vehicle's recent unveiling, CBS reports. Dubai police tweeted an image... More »

Tesla Mocked by Surprise Troll on 'Unbreakable' Cybertruck

Lego's vehicle is 'guaranteed shatterproof'

(Newser) - Elon Musk says the orders are pouring in for Tesla's new Cybertruck, despite the onstage demo fail that generated worldwide mockery. Now, a surprise troll is mocking the electric car company with its own debut. Mashable reports that early Tuesday, Danish toy company Lego put up a promo on... More »

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