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Elon Musk Sorry for 'Pedo' Insult

'My words were spoken in anger'

(Newser) - Elon Musk has apparently decided to cut his losses and withdraw from the Thailand cave dispute with whatever dignity he has left. In a tweet , the Tesla CEO apologized for describing British cave diver Vern Unsworth, who played a key role in rescuing 12 trapped boys and their coach, as... More »

Elon Musk's 'Pedo' Insult Might Get Him Sued

'It's not finished,' says rescuer who was target of CEO's slam

(Newser) - A nasty coda to the Thailand cave rescue might not be going away anytime soon. A British diver instrumental in the rescue is now threatening to sue Elon Musk after the entrepreneur called him "pedo guy" on Twitter. "Yes, yes, it's not finished," 63-year-old Vern Unsworth... More »

Elon Musk Calls Key Player in Thai Cave Rescue a 'Pedo'

The billionaire reportedly went on Twitter rant against British diver Vernon Unsworth

(Newser) - Elon Musk reportedly went on a Twitter rant Sunday against a key player in the recent rescue of 12 boys and their soccer coach from a cave in Thailand. According to Vox.com , the billionaire investor called British cave diver Vernon Unsworth "pedo guy" as part of a series... More »

Elon Musk Promises to Fix Flint Water Contamination

He says anybody who needs a filter will get one

(Newser) - He sent a sports car to space , but can he fix Flint's water crisis? Elon Musk says the answer is yes. In response to a request Wednesday on Twitter, the Tesla and SpaceX CEO promised that he would deal with the scandal in the Michigan city, where the water... More »

Musk: Unused Rescue Sub Could 'Do Entire Journey'

Spokesman for diver disagrees, says it was too big

(Newser) - An 18-day mission to save 12 boys and a soccer coach trapped in a Thai cave succeeded without Elon Musk's mini-submersible, which was deemed unsuitable and left behind in the Tham Luang cave complex. It's "a reminder that sometimes this tech superhero doesn't quite match up... More »

Elon Musk's Idea to Save Thai Boys: Make a 'Bouncy Castle'

SpaceX CEO says he's sending engineers over to see if his Boring Company can assist

(Newser) - Initial elation at finding 12 boys and their soccer coach in a Thai cave has since turned to concern at not being able to immediately extract them, and sadness after a diver bringing supplies died during his exit . Now, per the BBC , renewed hope joins those emotions after Tesla and... More »

Tesla Goes to Extremes to Meet Production Goal

Company using fewer welds, replacing more robots with humans

(Newser) - "I think we just became a real car company." So reads a celebratory email from Tesla CEO Elon Musk to employees after the company met a long-elusive production target of making 5,000 Model 3 sedans in a week, reports CNBC . In a regulatory filing, Tesla says it... More »

Elon Musk Is Arguing About an Image of a Farting Unicorn

Artist says Tesla never paid him for using his creation

(Newser) - Elon Musk has switched his attention from rooting out saboteurs to arguing on Twitter about the rights to an image of a farting unicorn. The saga began in February last year, when the Tesla CEO tweeted an image of one of Colorado potter Tom Edwards' mugs, featuring a unicorn farting... More »

Tesla Sues Ex-Employee Who Allegedly Stole Gigs of Data

Martin Tripp is accused of stealing gigabytes of data and allegedly lying to the media

(Newser) - Tesla has filed a lawsuit against a former employee whom the company has accused of stealing "gigabytes" of confidential data and allegedly hacking into the computers of its Nevada battery factory. According to Bloomberg , the suit identifies Martin Tripp of Sparks as the employee, who reportedly admitted to investigators... More »

Elon Musk: Rogue Employee Wrought 'Extensive Sabotage'

He says Tesla workers should be extremely vigilant

(Newser) - Never a dull moment for Elon Musk: The Tesla CEO warned all employees Monday that a saboteur inside the company had caused "quite extensive and damaging sabotage to our operations," reports Reuters . "This included making direct code changes to the Tesla Manufacturing Operating System under false usernames... More »

Elon Musk Just Landed Huge Deal in Chicago

His Boring Company will dig 2 tunnels to O'Hare in high-speed transit system

(Newser) - A company Elon Musk started that almost sounded like a joke has just landed a huge deal to build an underground transit system from downtown Chicago to O'Hare airport. The CEO of Tesla and SpaceX plans to build two tunnels from the shell of the never-completed transit station... More »

Tesla Slashes Thousands of Jobs

Round of layoffs is biggest in company history

(Newser) - Tesla has never made an annual profit but it's getting serious about trying, Elon Musk said in a letter to employees announcing the biggest round of layoffs in the company's history. Musk told employees that the company's rapid growth had led to "duplication of roles and... More »

Elon Musk Throws Party for Flamethrower Buyers

First 1K could pick them up in person

(Newser) - The first 1,000 customers who bought flamethrowers from Elon Musk at $500 a pop could pick them up on Saturday, though they're now labeled "Not a Flamethrower" to get around pesky regulations about transporting flamethrowers between states. Musk—who sold 20,000 of the devices to raise... More »

Consumer Reports Changes Its Tune on Tesla Model 3

But wind noise, a stiff ride, and the touch-screen controls are still a problem

(Newser) - A wireless update of antilock braking software improved the stopping distance of Tesla's electric Model 3, prompting Consumer Reports to reverse course and give the car its "Recommended Buy" rating, the AP reports. The magazine said Wednesday that the update cut 19 feet off the car's stopping... More »

Elon Musk Has Plans to Shake Up the Media

He slams the 'holier-than-thou hypocrisy of big media companies'

(Newser) - Elon Musk turned his attention from rockets, electric cars, and tunneling to lash out at the media this week, slamming the "holier-than-thou hypocrisy of big media companies" and vowing to launch his own website "where the public can rate the core truth of any article & track the... More »

Elon Musk: Report on Tesla Safeguards 'Ridiculous'

Sources tell 'WSJ' Musk, other execs rejected safeguards due to cost, ineffectiveness

(Newser) - Despite recently suggesting driver complacency is to blame for serious crashes involving Tesla's Autopilot feature, Elon Musk has long rejected additional safeguards that could help keep drivers' eyes on the road, the Wall Street Journal reports. Discussed before and after Tesla's Autopilot vehicles hit the market—particularly after... More »

Elon Musk Brings 'Unexpected' Date to Met Gala

46-year-old SpaceX founder reportedly dating 30-year-old musician Grimes

(Newser) - The Hollywood Reporter calls them "perhaps the most unexpected couple" to show up at the Met Gala on Monday evening, and Elon Musk and Grimes certainly caused some buzz on the red carpet. Now people are wondering if the SpaceX/Tesla founder, 46, and 30-year-old Canadian musician are an actual... More »

Elon Musk's 'Surreal' Call Costs Him a Lot of Money

Tesla's stock drops after CEO impatiently brushes off questions

(Newser) - Leave it to Elon Musk to turn what's normally a dry affair—a conference call with analysts—into a controversial one . The Tesla CEO's brushoff of questions he didn't like on Wednesday continues to take a toll, with the company's stock down 7% as of Thursday... More »

Tesla Stock Dives After Bizarre Earnings Call

Musk cut off analysts after 'boring' questions

(Newser) - Tesla's share price took a major hit Wednesday after CEO Elon Musk decided he didn't want to spend a conference call on the company's earning report dealing with a lot of dull questions from analysts. Musk interrupted a back-and-forth between a Bernstein analyst and Tesla Chief Financial... More »

'Russia's Elon Musk' Was Tortured, Raped Before Dying: Report

Valery Pshenichny, 56, suffered horribly

(Newser) - An entrepreneur known as "Russia's Elon Musk" was apparently raped and tortured in prison before he died—a finding that casts doubt on the official account of his death, Newsweek reports. Valery Pshenichny, 56, was awaiting trial on charges of embezzlement when he was found hanging in his... More »

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