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As Elections Approach, Musk's X Makes a 'Concerning' Move

Social media platform decides to nix feature that allows users to report political misinformation

(Newser) - Ahead of a big vote in Australia, not to mention the 2024 election in the US, the X social media site formerly known as Twitter is making a move that has some scratching their heads. Reuters reports the platform has disabled a feature that allows users to report election misinformation,...

Musk's Neuralink Is Ready for a Human Trial

Qualifying quadriplegics to take part in 6-year study of brain-computer interface

(Newser) - A few months after receiving FDA approval to launch human trials, Neuralink is looking for people willing to let an experimental robot stick an equally experimental device into their brain. Elon Musk's brain-implant startup is seeking people over the age of 22 with quadriplegia due to vertical spinal cord...

DOJ's Tesla Probe Goes Beyond Alleged Glass House for Musk

Prosecutors are looking at other perks the CEO may have received dating back to 2017

(Newser) - A Justice Department investigation exploring whether Tesla funds were used to build a proposed glass house for CEO Elon Musk is more wide-reaching than previously known and could result in criminal charges. Federal prosecutors in New York are not only investigating other potential personal benefits Tesla provided to the billionaire...

Musk Plans to Bring In 'Small Monthly Payment' for X

He says charge will defeat 'vast armies of bots'

(Newser) - X, the site that was formerly Twitter, may soon also be known as a site that was formerly free. CEO Elon Musk said Monday that the company is "moving to a small monthly payment for use of the X system," TechCrunch reports. He said it was the only...

Musk's Son Wasn't Impressed by Gift From Erdogan

Billionaire took boy to meeting with Turkey's president

(Newser) - Sunday was apparently Take Your Kid to Work Day for Elon Musk, who brought 3-year-old son X to a meeting with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in New York City on Sunday. Erdogan offered the boy a soccer ball as a gift, though X seemed "unimpressed" with the present,...

Elon Musk, Grimes Have Another Surprise

Twitter CEO has secret third child with singer named Tau Techno Mechanicus (or some variation)

(Newser) - Over the weekend, the New York Times reviewed Walter Isaacson's upcoming biography of Elon Musk, which revealed the SpaceX/Tesla/Twitter CEO's role in switching off the Starlink communications network near Crimea last year as Ukraine prepared to attack Russian forces. Buried within the Times article, however, was an interesting...

Book: Musk Blocked Drone Attack by Ukraine

Walter Isaacson reveals SpaceX CEO's role in turning off Starlink network near Crimea in 2022

(Newser) - Earlier this year, SpaceX execs acknowledged that they blocked Ukrainian forces from using Starlink communications systems for military purposes in the war against Russia. Now, CNN reports that SpaceX CEO Elon Musk personally had his engineers cut off power last year—the exact date isn't clear—to a Starlink...

Elon Musk: Starship Is Ready for Launch. FAA: Not So Fast

Agency says investigation into disastrous first launch is still open

(Newser) - More than four months after the most powerful rocket ever created exploded soon after liftoff , SpaceX is ready to try again. The company has stacked its Starship rocket on top of a Super Heavy booster at its launch pad in Boca Chica in southern Texas. "Starship is ready to...

SpaceX Loaned Elon Musk $1B Around the Time He Bought Twitter

Though it's not clear what the loan was for

(Newser) - In October, the same month Elon Musk was acquiring Twitter, he took out what the Wall Street Journal describes as an "unusual" $1 billion loan from SpaceX. The following month, he paid it back in full, plus interest. It's not clear what the loan was for, and Musk...

Elon Musk: Anti-Defamation League Cost X $22B

He says the site formerly known as Twitter might sue the ADL

(Newser) - In an apparently unprompted tweet Monday, Elon Musk blamed the Anti-Defamation League for costing X, the social networking site formerly known as Twitter, $22 billion. One of the tweets , all of which came "seemingly out of the blue" according to NBC News , read, "To clear our platform's...

Report: Feds Are Investigating Tesla's Secret 'Project 42'

Sources tell 'Wall Street Journal' that project was described as a glass house for Elon Musk

(Newser) - Federal prosecutors in New York and the Securities and Exchange Commission are looking into a secret Tesla project known internally as "Project 42," sources tell the Wall Street Journal . The Journal reported last month that the project was described internally as a glass-walled house for CEO Elon Musk...

There Is Little Precedent for Elon Musk's World Sway

Ronan Farrow suggests in 'New Yorker' that he has what amounts to 'shadow rule' in US government

(Newser) - "The meddling of oligarchs and other monied interests in the fate of nations is not new," observes Ronan Farrow in the New Yorker . But Elon Musk is in a league of his own, he adds. Farrow's deep dive into Musk's life and career begins with a...

US Sues SpaceX, Which Elon Musk Says Is 'Insane'

Department of Justice alleges hiring discrimination

(Newser) - The US Department of Justice on Thursday sued SpaceX, the rocket company founded and run by Elon Musk, for alleged hiring discrimination against refugees and people granted asylum, the AP reports. The complaint, filed in an administrative court within the department, asserts that SpaceX wrongly claimed that federal export control...

Zuckerberg on Musk Cage Fight: 'Time to Move On'

Says Twitter CEO isn't taking it seriously

(Newser) - Mark Zuckerberg used his own "Twitter killer," Threads, to taunt Elon Musk while also apparently putting the idea of a cage fight between him and Musk to rest. "I think we can all agree Elon isn't serious and it's time to move on," the...

Elon Musk: I May Need Surgery Before Cage Fight Against Zuck

Yes, this drama is continuing

(Newser) - Following Mark Zuckerberg calling out Elon Musk for failing to commit to a date for their proposed cage fight, Musk tweeted Sunday night explaining why the date is "still in flux," the AP reports. "I'm getting an MRI of my neck & upper back tomorrow,"...

Musk: X Will Pay Legal Tab for People Fired Over Posts

CEO promises to go after employers' boards of directors, too

(Newser) - Elon Musk has told X users that if they're fired over something they did on his site, the billionaire has their back—and he's not just talking about moral support. The CEO of what used to be called Twitter tweeted late Saturday night that he'll pick up...

Kanye West Suspended From Twitter Again
Kanye West's
Twitter Suspension Is Over

Kanye West's Twitter Suspension Is Over

The rapper has yet to post anything new though

(Newser) - Nearly eight months after last being banned from Twitter-now-X, Kanye West's account is back. The BBC reports the rapper's account still shows a most recent post of Dec. 1, 2022. Ye was suspended the following day after a series of tweets including one depicting a Star of David...

Reuters Accuses Tesla of Battery Range Manipulation
Reuters Accuses Tesla of
Battery Range Manipulation

Reuters Accuses Tesla of Battery Range Manipulation

Report alleges 'Diversion Team' was formed to deal with battery range complaints

(Newser) - A lengthy investigation by Reuters alleges that Tesla's batteries haven't always had the range the company touts—and that the company in 2022 put together a special team whose job was to try to convince drivers seeking service on their batteries to cancel those appointments. Neither Tesla nor...

Musk Takes X Handle From Longtime Twitter User

With no compensation other than swag and a tour of the company headquarters

(Newser) - Gene X. Hwang registered the @x handle on Twitter more than 16 years ago. As of Tuesday night, though, it's no longer his: The old @twitter handle is now @x, thanks to Elon Musk's attempt to rebrand Twitter as X, and Hwang tells Mashable no one at the...

Twitter May Have a Problem With Its Shiny New Logo

Trademark infringement questions arise over news that Meta, Microsoft also have 'X' registered

(Newser) - "X" may not mark the spot after all for Elon Musk in his attempted rebrand of Twitter. Although Musk has officially unveiled the 24th letter of the alphabet as his social media site's new name and identity, Insider reports that rival Meta appears to own the trademark for...

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