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Crunch Report | Google To Stop Scanning Inboxes

Crunch Report June 23 Today’s Stories  Google now has all the data it needs, will stop scanning Gmail inboxes for ad personalization Samsung’s Galaxy Note8 will reportedly be the company’s most expensive smartphone yet YouTube TV expands to 10 more U.S. markets, adds more YouTube Red series Tesla said to be in talks to create its own streaming music service Credits Written and Hosted by:… Read More
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Tesla is laying the groundwork to build cars in Shanghai

If you've been waiting to pull the trigger on one of Tesla's electric vehicles, the upcoming Model 3 probably looks pretty appealing. The car promises 215 miles per charge, ample seating, the tech for autopilot and it starts at just $35,000. Well, un...

The details, as reported by Recode, are light. Even so, they're enough to send a jolt of excitement through every Tesla fanboy already growing weary of the Insane button and Bioweapon Defense Mode. Here's the deal: Tesla is allegedly chatting with all the major music labels about a proprietary music streaming service for its cars.  Read more...

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Tesla may launch its own music streaming service because, well, why not

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Why dip your toes into the plebeian pool of music streaming services when you can have your own private aural sauna?

That appears to be the question Tesla is asking, with reports suggesting the electric car company is exploring launching a music streaming service for its vehicles. That's right, it looks like Tesla just might fancy its customers a bit too hifalutin' for the likes of Spotify or Apple Music. 

The details, as reported by Recode, are light. Even so, they're enough to send a jolt of excitement through every Tesla fanboy already growing weary of the Insane button and Bioweapon Defense Mode. Here's the deal: Tesla is allegedly chatting with all the major music labels about a proprietary music streaming service for its cars.  Read more...

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AM General, which previously built the Hummer H2, sold its factory in South Bend, Indiana to the electric carmaker SF Motors, both firms announced  Thursday.

SF Motors will pay $110 million to produce "intelligent electric vehicles," according to publicly available filings. It will spend another $30 million to upgrade the 700,000-square-foot commercial assembly plant.

The company didn't elaborate further on its plans for the factory, such as how many cars it will produce annually or what types of smart driving or electric-powertrain technologies they'll use. But executives said the arrangement will preserve about 430 U.S. auto worker jobs that were at risk of disappearing.  Read more...

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Hummer factory gets second life making electric cars

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A U.S. auto plant that once made giant gas-guzzlers will now make cars that don't need gas at all.

AM General, which previously built the Hummer H2, sold its factory in South Bend, Indiana to the electric carmaker SF Motors, both firms announced  Thursday.

SF Motors will pay $110 million to produce "intelligent electric vehicles," according to publicly available filings. It will spend another $30 million to upgrade the 700,000-square-foot commercial assembly plant.

The company didn't elaborate further on its plans for the factory, such as how many cars it will produce annually or what types of smart driving or electric-powertrain technologies they'll use. But executives said the arrangement will preserve about 430 U.S. auto worker jobs that were at risk of disappearing.  Read more...

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Tesla is reportedly trying to build its own music streaming service

Tesla has continued to one-up its achievements as a successful proprietor of safe, green and increasingly autonomous electric vehicles. But it might venture out from the niche its carved for a much more saturated market: Streaming audio. Music indust...
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Tesla said to be in talks to create its own streaming music service

 Tesla might be a music service operator soon, in addition to a maker of electric cars and solar energy products. That’s according to a new report from Recode, which says that Tesla has been talking to music labels to make this happen. The planned offering could start with a free, Pandora-like streaming radio option, which theoretically would be tied to Tesla vehicle ownership, one imagines. Read More
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Crunch Report | Uber CEO Travis Kalanick Resigns

The CEO of Uber, Travis Kalanick, resigns from the company, Tesla gets a new lead, Andrej Karpathy, for their autopilot program, University of Michigan students get driverless shuttles and Snapchat introduces Snap Maps. All this on Crunch Report. Read More
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Volvo’s Polestar is now its own company focused on performance EVs

 Volvo tuner Polestar, which the carmaker acquired in 2015 to build its own race-ready Volve cars, is now being set up as its own sepearate company within the Volvo group, with a new focus on performance electric vehicles. The new Polestar will have its own branding, distinct from Volvo’s – though it’ll still produce performance versions of Volvo cars in addition to its own… Read More
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Volvo’s Polestar is now its own company focused on performance EVs

 Volvo tuner Polestar, which the carmaker acquired in 2015 to build its own race-ready Volve cars, is now being set up as its own sepearate company within the Volvo group, with a new focus on performance electric vehicles. The new Polestar will have its own branding, distinct from Volvo’s – though it’ll still produce performance versions of Volvo cars in addition to its own… Read More

But if you drive very, very carefully, you can extend that by more than two hundred miles, as recently shown by two Tesla enthusiasts. 

The practice is called hypermiling, and it involves driving in such a way as to achieve the biggest possible range on one fuel tank or charge. This usually means driving slowly, not using air conditioning, and even trying to get tail wind on your side to squeeze that extra mile of range. 

Steven Peeters and Joeri Cools took a slightly different approach than usual, though. As explained in a blog post, unearthed by Electrek, the two took a Tesla Model S P100D to a closed, 16-mile loop in Belgium, and simply drove around in circles for nearly 24 hours until the battery said: enough.   Read more...

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Tesla Model S goes a record 560 miles on a single charge, Elon Musk is not impressed

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Tesla's Model S, in its most luxurious, P100D variety, officially has a 337-mile range. 

But if you drive very, very carefully, you can extend that by more than two hundred miles, as recently shown by two Tesla enthusiasts. 

The practice is called hypermiling, and it involves driving in such a way as to achieve the biggest possible range on one fuel tank or charge. This usually means driving slowly, not using air conditioning, and even trying to get tail wind on your side to squeeze that extra mile of range. 

Steven Peeters and Joeri Cools took a slightly different approach than usual, though. As explained in a blog post, unearthed by Electrek, the two took a Tesla Model S P100D to a closed, 16-mile loop in Belgium, and simply drove around in circles for nearly 24 hours until the battery said: enough.   Read more...

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