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Elon Musk Busts Out the Poop Emoji Again

All press inquiries are getting that as an automated email response

(Newser) - In today's edition of What's Happening at Twitter, Deadline reports that all email inquiries from the media sent to the social network's official press email are receiving an automated reply that includes simply ... a poop emoji. CEO Elon Musk has long had an adversarial relationship with the...

Anthony Fauci Hits Back at Elon Musk
Anthony Fauci
Responds to Elon Musk

Anthony Fauci Responds to Elon Musk

Says calls to prosecute him are 'insanity'

(Newser) - Elon Musk called for prosecuting Anthony Fauci back in December, and Fauci on Saturday addressed that idea, calling it "insanity." "There's no response to that craziness, Jim," Fauci told Jim Acosta on CNN, per Fox News and Newsweek . "Prosecute me for what? What are...

Elon Musk Is Apparently Building His Own Town
Elon Musk
Aims to Build
'Texas Utopia'

Elon Musk Aims to Build 'Texas Utopia'

'Wall Street Journal' has the scoop on emerging 'town' on farmland near Austin

(Newser) - Elon Musk's next big move: Building a company town, apparently. The Wall Street Journal reports that Musk or related entities have bought up to 6,000 acres of farmland outside the Texas capital of Austin. The goal has a Musk-like sound to it:
  • "In meetings with landowners and

Musk Does Rare 180, Apologizes for 'Surreal' Twitter Feud

He had called well-liked Twitter employee 'the worst,' among other things

(Newser) - Elon Musk found himself apologizing to a (possibly now former) Twitter employee after a bizarre exchange between the two on the social network went viral. It started when Haraldur "Halli" Thorleifsson mentioned Musk in a tweet, asking him to weigh in on Thorleifsson's employment status. "9 days...

Twitter Learns One Engineer Isn't Enough for a Major Project

Engineer's 'bad configuration change' broke the system, Platformer reports

(Newser) - Twitter CEO Elon Musk was "furious" Monday as the platform experienced its "sixth high-profile service outage " of the year, per Platformer . In an "embarrassing technology failure," photos wouldn't load and links led to an error message reading "your current API plan does not...

Twitter Has Major Glitch as Musk Complains, Too

For about an hour on Monday, the platform was down for many

(Newser) - The phrase "Twitter API" was trending on Twitter Monday—ironically because so many people couldn't tweet. The platform went down, or at least slowed down, for many people in what CNN calls one of the biggest outages since Elon Musk took over. Those who were unable to log...

At Twitter, Another Brutal Weekend for Staffers

Exec who famously slept in her office is among the 10% who lost their jobs

(Newser) - When Elon Musk acquired Twitter in October, it had nearly 8,000 employees. After another surprise wave of layoffs over the weekend, the number now stands at fewer than 2,000, reports the New York Times . Musk laid off about 200 employees Saturday night, or roughly 10% of the company'...

Elon Musk Weighs In as Dilbert Fallout Continues

Twitter CEO says it's the media that is racist; meanwhile, distributor ditches Scott Adams

(Newser) - Dilbert creator Scott Adams has picked up a high-profile defender after his comments about race in America : none other than Elon Musk. In replying to tweets about the flap, Musk wrote that it was the media, not Adams, who was being racist, reports Reuters . "For a *very* long time,...

Musk Partially Reverses Exit From California

Tesla's engineering headquarters will be in Palo Alto, not Texas

(Newser) - After moving his residence to Texas and threatening to pull all of Tesla out of California, Elon Musk has had a change of heart. With California Gov. Gavin Newsom at his side, Musk announced Wednesday that the automaker's global engineering headquarters will be in Palo Alto. The headquarters will...

Tesla Reluctantly Recalls 363K 'Full Self-Driving' Cars

Musk argues government agency's assessment on Twitter

(Newser) - US safety regulators have pressured Tesla into recalling nearly 363,000 vehicles with its "Full Self-Driving" system because it misbehaves around intersections and doesn't always follow speed limits. The recall, part of a larger investigation by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration into Tesla's automated driving systems,...

Musk Artificially Boosts His Own Tweets—to Uproar

Twitter CEO seems to acknowledge users are now force-fed his content

(Newser) - Elon Musk's tweets are now stationed at the top of many Twitter users' feeds—and that's no accident, according to Platformer , which reports the Twitter CEO threatened to fire his team of engineers unless they built a system that would better promote his tweets to all users. "...

Musk Is Worried About Himself. So Is His Mom
Musk Is Worried
About Himself.
So Is His Mom

Musk Is Worried About Himself. So Is His Mom

'Severe back pain,' lack of sleep appear to be taking a toll

(Newser) - Elon Musk scored a court victory last week over some business tweets, but the trial brought to light a different concern—that he's a 51-year-old guy working insane hours while running Twitter, SpaceX, and Tesla. The Wall Street Journal digs in, noting that at one point during the San...

SpaceX Blocks Ukraine's Military Use of Starlink

Company says technology was intended for communication, not offensive applications

(Newser) - SpaceX leaders have conceded that they've been blocking Ukrainian forces from employing Starlink technology for military uses. "It was never intended to be weaponized," SpaceX President Gwynne Shotwell said at a conference Thursday, CNN reports. Frustrated Ukrainian officials answered along the lines of "but that's...

Musk Celebrates Verdict: 'Wisdom of the People Has Prevailed!'

Jurors decide Musk didn't defraud Tesla investors with 2018 posts about EV automaker

(Newser) - A jury on Friday decided Elon Musk didn't defraud investors with his 2018 tweets about electric automaker Tesla in a proposed deal that quickly unraveled and raised questions about whether the billionaire had misled investors. The nine-member jury reached its verdict after less than two hours of deliberation following...

Rules Change for EV Tax Credits
Rules Change for EV Tax Credits

Rules Change for EV Tax Credits

Automakers lobbied for higher-priced models to be included

(Newser) - The Treasury Department said Friday it is making more electric vehicles—including SUVs made by Tesla, Ford, and General Motors—eligible for tax credits of up to $7,500 under new vehicle classification definitions. The revised standards for EV tax credits follow lobbying by automakers that had pressed the Biden...

Twitter Sued for Not Paying Rent on Its Headquarters

Company's London landlords are also suing

(Newser) - More landlords are taking Twitter to court over unpaid rent, this time at the social media company’s headquarters in San Francisco and its British offices—the latest sign that owner Elon Musk's extreme cost-cutting strategy includes simply not paying the bills. Twitter is facing a lawsuit over allegations...

Musk Testifies in Tesla Tweet Trial
Musk Defends His
'420' Tesla Tweets

Musk Defends His '420' Tesla Tweets

He says he 'felt funding was secured' due to his ownership of SpaceX stock

(Newser) - Elon Musk returned to federal court Monday in San Francisco, testifying that he believed he had locked up financial backing to take Tesla private during 2018 meetings with representatives from Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund—although no specific funding amount or price was discussed. The billionaire Tesla CEO and...

At Twitter's Fire Sale, Bird Statue Sells for Wild Price

Auction has now closed

(Newser) - The most expensive item sold at an auction of Twitter paraphernalia ? A statue of the company's bird logo, which went for around $100,000. The BBC , which has a photo of that and other items, was tracking prices as the auction neared its conclusion; final prices have not...

Arguments Begin in Musk's Tesla Tweet Trial
Musk's Tesla Tweet
Trial Begins

Musk's Tesla Tweet Trial Begins

'His lies caused regular people ... to lose millions and millions of dollars,' lawyer says

(Newser) - Elon Musk was depicted Wednesday as either a liar who callously jeopardized the savings of "regular people" or a well-intentioned visionary as attorneys delivered opening statements at a trial focused on a Tesla buyout that never happened. Lawyers on opposing sides drew the starkly different portraits of Musk for...

As Advertisers Flee Twitter, 'Unpalatable Options' for Musk

Reports: 500 big advertisers have ditched since October, revenue is down 40% year over year

(Newser) - In his own words, Elon Musk has been "cutting costs like crazy" since his takeover last year of Twitter, in an effort to fend off an expected negative cash flow for the company of about $3 billion in 2023. Now, multiple outlets are adding details on how dire the...

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