Sweeping 4K drone footage shows off Tesla’s Fremont factory

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Stephen Powelson recently flew his Phantom 3 drone over Tesla’s battery factory in Fremont, California and recorded the flight. Almost as soon as he posted the video to a Tesla Motors Club forum, other commenters began warning Powelson of the legal trouble he might be in.

Powelson quickly assured concerned posters that Tesla employees had no problem with the video. In fact, he’d worked at the company for almost five years, until March of this year.

The video gives the viewer a sense of how big the factory is. At 5.3 million sq. feet, the Fremont facility is dwarfed by the proposed gigafactory that Tesla is building in Nevada, which is estimated to be about 10 million sq. feet when completed — one of the biggest in the world.

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Why Homejoy Failed … And The Future Of The On-Demand Economy

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Homejoy On the heels of Homejoy’s failure, the fundamental “on-demand marketplace” model has come into question by investors, the media and even consumers. That questioning is very relevant, as there has been an overload of VC money that has been injected in the on-demand service platform space over the past few years ($4 billion-plus in 2014). Read More

US exploring ways to strike back against China hacking, says New York Times

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Last month, millions of current and former US government employees had their personal information stolen in a hack believed to have originated from China — and the US may finally respond with more than words. According to a new report from The New York Times, President Obama has decided to retaliate against China, though his administration has not decided exactly how it will respond. The Times, citing an anonymous senior administration official, says the government wants to make a public response in an effort to deter future similar attacks.

The White House is reportedly weighing whether to employ a symbolic response, such as a diplomatic protest, or something more aggressive. Regardless of what the response will be, the Times says that…

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The first trailer for Zoolander 2 was briefly posted to YouTube before being pulled (update)

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Forget Star Wars — the world’s most anticipated sequel is unquestionably Zoolander 2. And the first trailer is here. Sure, most of the trailer is some weird science-themed graphics with a narration by Stephen Hawking (we assume), but before long Ben Stiller’s making the Blue Steel face and everything is all good. Check out the trailer above — Zoolander 2 will arrive in February of 2016.

Update, 8:50PM ET: Well, that didn’t last long. The trailer was apparently not ready for public consumption, because the hosting YouTube page has already pulled it down. We’ll be keeping our eyes out for an official version — usually after such a leak, the real thing get published pretty quickly.

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GasBuddy Has a New Privacy Policy (Spoiler: Not As Customer Friendly)

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An anonymous reader writes: GasBuddy has been a popular iOS and Android app for the last 5 years used to find the cheapest place to get gas. According to the Google Play store, there are over 10 million installs (in additions to the installs from Apple and Amazon’s appstores). Now that they have a large enough number of users, GasBuddy has updated their privacy policy to allow them to collect more information. Some highlights of the privacy policy changes include: only 10 days for new terms to take effect (previously users were given 30 days to review the changes); collection of “signal strength related to Wifi or Bluetooth functionality, temperature, battery level, and similar technical data”; and [a warning that the company] will not honor a web browser’s “do not track” setting.

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Trevor O’Brien, the product lead running all Twitter apps, is leaving the company

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Trevor O’Brien, who joined Twitter a year and a half ago from YouTube and oversees product for Twitter’s iOS and Android apps, is departing the company, according to multiple sources. O’Brien also oversaw Twitter’s timeline product at one point, and worked on the efforts to put tweet and follower recommendations into users’ timelines.

A company spokesperson confirmed O’Brien’s departure.

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FarmLogs CEO Jesse Vollmar Will Talk About The AgTech Revolution At Disrupt SF 2015

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Screen Shot 2015-07-31 at 6.51.19 PM The World Bank says that farmers need to produce 50% more food to feed the 9 billion people who will inhabit the earth by 2050. While farmers are facing higher demand, they have fewer resources to work with thanks to a growing water crisis and the availability of arable land. Join us at SF Disrupt 2015 as FarmLogs CEO Jesse Vollmar walks us through tech’s possible solutions. Read More

Why Polyvore’s Jess Lee Sold To Yahoo

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July 20th, 2011--Aspen,CO, USA

Jess Lee speaks at the Future of E-Commerce breakfast roundtable at Fortune Brainstorm TECH at the Aspen Institute Campus.

Photograph by Kevin Moloney/Fortune Brainstorm TECH Yahoo bought Polyvore in what we’ve heard could be a $60 million deal today. Both Polyvore and Yahoo were mum on those details, but Polyvore co-founder Jess Lee did tell TechCrunch her company will continue to do the same thing as it’s been doing before – now on a larger scale and with more resources from the tech giant run by Marissa Meyer. “We also think there’s… Read More

OnePlus draws a crowd in Times Square

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It’s been less than a week and over 1 million people have already reserved the OnePlus 2. And that’s without ever having held or used it firsthand. OnePlus’ second smartphone, which it’s positioning as the “2016 flagship killer,” has debuted to an incredible amount of buzz — at least among tech enthusiasts. Your average person probably still hasn’t (yet) heard of the company, but it’s still an impressive showing. With the queue system only growing longer, OnePlus held a series of public events today in cities around the world that gave its fans a chance to handle the OnePlus 2 and score an invite of their own.

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Sony’s C5 Ultra and M5 smartphones may be the latest to jump on the selfie phone bandwagon

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Sony’s mobile division may be bringing the rest of the company down, but that hasn’t stopped the company from working on new phones just yet. Thanks to 9to5Google, we’re getting a look at the forthcoming Xperia C5 Ultra and M5, the latest in Sony’s lineup. These leaks apparently came from the site Mail.ru, which appeared to inadvertently post a review of the devices early — but 9to5Google managed to grab the photos and info before it was all taken down.

The Xperia C5 Ultra appears to be a successor to the Xperia C4; it looks like the C5 will boast a bigger screen (6 inches, up from the 5.5-inch C4) and a front-facing camera that sports a super high resolution of 13 megapixels. It’ll also have a flash, making this a phone clearly aimed…

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Doing Good Tech Versus Doing Good With Tech

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hanging lightbulbs ideas The FDA is currently considering clinical trials for a drug that would delay aging. The idea of extending human longevity is a controversial one, with some arguing for immortality and others arguing that a lifespan into the mid-70s is perfectly adequate. So is the drug good or bad? As an investor in science and technology, this is a non-trivial question for me. Read More

CrunchWeek: Twitter Soap Opera, Uber Valuation, and Ouya Gets Bought

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crunchweek-4-3 It’s time for CrunchWeek again!
What a week it was.
The Twitter soap opera continues with earnings, no new CEO, hashtags and more. Uber keeps raising money until we lose count. Ouya gets put out of its misery bought.
As Alex would say: It’s Friday, it’s CrunchWeek, it’s time to throw down and talk some smack. Read More

Here’s The Latest Batch Of 500 Startups Companies

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dave-mcclure10 500 Startups has unveiled its fourteenth batch of companies going through its accelerator. While Y Combinator is starting to roll out its own class in an upcoming Demo Day, a new one from 500 Startups is emerging — and increasingly, so is the race to be the earliest to invest in companies. Of course, that means that accelerators like 500 Startups — which has a portfolio of more… Read More

Knee Deep in PLA: Our 2015 3D Fabrication Shootout Kicks Off

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Photos: Hep SvadjaThe fourth annual Make: 3D printer test is officially underway. This weekend we’ll test printers, CNC machines, and laser and vinyl cutters.

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Tor Project Pilots Exit Nodes In Libraries

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An anonymous reader writes: The Tor Project has announced a new initiative to open exit relays in public libraries. “This is an idea whose time has come; libraries are our most democratic public spaces, protecting our intellectual freedom, privacy, and unfettered access to information, and Tor Project creates software that allows all people to have these rights on the internet.” They point out that this is both an excellent way to educate people on the value of private internet browsing while also being a practical way to expand the Tor network. A test for this initiative is underway at the Kilton Library in Lebanon, New Hampshire, which already has a computing environment full of GNU/Linux machines.

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Microsoft reportedly investing in Uber at a $50 billion valuation

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If it seems like Uber is working on another new round of funding, that is because Uber is always working on another new round of funding. Bloomberg and The Wall Street Journal are reporting that the company has closed a new investment which values it at $50 million, and also includes Microsoft as a backer. The round gave Uber another $1 billion, putting its total funding at $5 billion.

Uber’s endless appetite for cash is driven by its equally ambitious plans for expansion. It is currently active in over 50 countries and 300 cities around the globe. It is hiring drivers and adding cars at a rapid pace in all these territories, while also spending considerable amounts on political lobbying and legal battles with regulators.

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This week’s most important songs: Disclosure, Prince, and more

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Welcome back to The Verge‘s roundup of the most important music from the week that was. I’m Jamieson, I’m still your host, and I’m glad you’re taking a break from following the Drake / Meek Mill beef to spend some time with me. This is a diss track-free zone! I love a fine musical spat, don’t get me wrong — I just want to give some shine to some of the non-juicy tracks made available this week.

There’s a Spotify playlist at the end for your listening convenience, and feel free to share your own favorite cuts / compliments / complaints from this week in the comments. Let’s go:

Ashley Monroe, “If Love Was Fair”:

I can’t get enough of Ashley Monroe’s new album, The Blade. She’s a cutting and emotionally intelligent writer, and the…

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HBO’s head of programming says Game of Thrones is getting an eighth season

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Grab the nearest bottle of fine Dornish red and your cleanest goblet, because it’s time to celebrate: Game of Thrones is getting one more season than expected. Speaking at the Television Critics Association press tour, HBO programming president Michael Lombardo dismissed the widely held idea that show runners David Benioff and Dan Weiss are capping the flagship fantasy drama at seven seasons. “‘Seven seasons and out’ has never been the conversation… The question is how much beyond seven are we going to do. [Benioff and Weiss] feel like there’s two more years after six,” Lombardo said.

It’s not surprising that HBO is willing to give Benioff and Weiss virtually unlimited time to bring their story home. Game of Thrones is one of the most…

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The State of One Direction: updates on the power structure of a boy band

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As sinister as it is that their yearly album drop is just days before the holiday shopping season begins, and as much crap as they get dealt for recycling vintage rock with slightly more swoon-worthy harmonies, One Direction deserves a lot of our appreciation for what they do for young womenBy deciding to belong to teenage girls, One Direction decided that they didn’t need to be taken seriously.

Boy bands are harmless first romantic interests, gateways to more diverse and better music, and a golden promise that there are men who don’t think your every thought and feeling is silly. But what happens when one-fifth of your daydream is out the door? When Zayn Malik parted ways with the other four-fifths of One Direction in March, there…

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