Elon Musk bought $100 million more worth of Tesla this week

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Tesla announced this afternoon that CEO and co-founder Elon Musk exercised 532,000 options of the company this week, increasing his holding by about $100 million worth of market value. The transaction was very much “in the money,” as they say: the options were exercised at $6.63 apiece, according to an SEC filing, while Tesla stock is trading around $192 as of market close on Friday — so that works out to a profit of around $185 a share. Musk used “more than $50 million” in cash to cover the exercise price and the associated taxes, according to the announcement.

This isn’t the kind of thing you necessarily announce with a press blast unless you want to boost confidence in the company, and Tesla can always use a boost: Model X production…

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Apple Has Been Directing People Searching For Abortion Clinics To Adoption Centers Since 2011

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apple-maps Apple is working on changing an algorithm in Siri and Apple Maps that has been directing people to adoption centers when they asked for an abortion clinic.
Though the company knew this was a problem since at least 2011, it said at the time that this was a “glitch” and promised Siri would get better.
But not much changed in five years.
UCSF researcher Alexis Hoffman tested search… Read More

Tesla Says CEO Elon Musk Just Bought More of The Company

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Elon Musk Tesla CEO Elon Musk thinks shares of his motor company are headed upward. That’s the apparent message reporters received this afternoon from Tesla’s PR machine, which sent out an alert that Musk exercised 532,000 of his options in the company, or about $100 million worth, earlier today. According to an SEC filing, the options were exercised at $6.63 a piece, which would have… Read More

Cable Lobby Steams Up Over FCC Set-Top Box Competition Plan

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An anonymous reader writes: Cable TV industry lobby groups expressed their displeasure with a Federal Communications Commission plan to bring competition to the set-top box market, which could help consumers watch TV on different devices and thus avoid paying cable box rental fees.

FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler proposed new rules that would force pay-TV companies to give third parties access to TV content, letting hardware makers build better set-top boxes. Customers would be able to watch all the TV channels they’re already paying cable companies for, but on a device that they don’t have to rent from them. The rules could also bring TV to tablets and other devices without need for a rented set-top box. The system would essentially replace CableCard with a software-based equivalent.

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Google Fiber may toss in phone service with its internet and TV packages

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Google Fiber may be trying to become the antithesis to your friendly neighborhood ISP monopoly, but a new test program from the ultra-fast internet provider indicates the company may pursue a traditional triple-play package with the addition of phone service. Called Google Fiber Phone, the service would operate similar to Google Voice and direct mobile and landline phones to a single number operated by the company’s network, according to The Washington Post, which obtained an email invitation from Fiber participants.

The invite to try the phone service has been going out to members of the Google Fiber Trusted Tester program for the past month. It’s unclear which cities may have access to it at the moment and how much it will cost in…

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Justice League is coming back to Cartoon Network with Mark Hamill and Kevin Conroy

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If you can’t imagine waiting until 2017 for your Justice League fix, you’re in luck: Cartoon Network is getting back in the game with a new animated series, Justice League Action. Kevin Conroy and Mark Hamill are reprising their iconic vocal roles as Batman and the Joker, respectively, and they’ll be joined by James Woods’ Lex Luthor and Diedrich Bader’s Booster Gold in a series of 11-minute episodes. Cartoon Network hasn’t announced a premiere date for the series yet, but it’s shared a colorful poster. (The full version is embedded below.)

It’s hard to argue with the timing of Justice League’s return to animated television. The DC cinematic universe is about to enter a new phase with the March premiere of Batman v. Superman, and…

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Netflix is officially bringing back Gilmore Girls

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We’re heading back to Stars Hollow. Netflix and Warner Bros. have confirmed that Gilmore Girls is being revived on the streaming service in some form. Creator Amy Sherman-Palladino and stars Lauren Graham and Alexis Bledel are all on board for the show’s new episodes, but details regarding the number of episodes being made and the revival’s premiere date haven’t yet been announced.

The revival has been rumored since a TVLine report in October, and photos from the set leaked in January, prompting significant anxiety among some of The Verge‘s staffers. Netflix content chief Ted Sarandos hinted at the project earlier today, listing Gilmore Girls as an example of a show Netflix was reviving, and Graham has since confirmed the revival on…

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The Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge will look a lot like the S6

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Evan Blass has updated an article over at VentureBeat with a new image. It’s apparently the Samsung Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge. What’s notable from this image (and Blass’ associated tweet) is that the upcoming two versions of Samsung’s flagship look damn-near identical to the Galaxy S6 line. That important for a few reasons. First, the basic design here is worthy of praise, just as it was with the original S6. Whether or not you think it looks too much like an iPhone (and yes, it does look a lot like an iPhone), it’s still a well-crafted piece of hardware. This is the first time we’ve seen believable images of the S7 and S7 Edge — even if they are only press renders.

The second reason the similar design is interesting is because c…

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Delivery Startup Doorman Adds Support For E-Commerce Returns

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Doorman girl signing Doorman can be a useful service for people who hate missing deliveries. Now it can help you get those products in the mail again, too. Rather than coming home from work to find a “missed delivery” slip, Doorman customers can set a delivery time between 6pm and midnight that’s convenient for them (packages get delivered to Doorman first, and then to the consumer). The… Read More

Wake up to Missy Elliott yelling at you through the Amazon Echo

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It seems that Amazon’s voice-controlled assistant / trojan horse into your home Echo gains a new ability nearly every week, and this week is no exception. This time, the Echo isn’t learning how to control more smart home appliances, but rather gains two new alarm tones, courtesy of Alec Baldwin and Missy Elliott. Should you like to arise each morning with Missy Elliott yelling “WAKE UP” followed by an inspirational message, the Echo is here for you.

Alec Baldwin’s message isn’t as intense, though it still veers into cheesy inspirational messages about early birds catching the worm. Baldwin is set to star in Amazon’s first Super Bowl commercial in a couple of weeks, and Amazon has released another teaser for it, which you can watch…

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Snapchat Challenges Twitter And Facebook For Sports Talk

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SNapchat Football Possession wins trophies or, in this case, ad dollars. That’s why Snapchat stepped up its game late last year by quietly partnering with Stats.com. Now TechCrunch has learned that Snapchat has rolled new Live Score geofilters at every NBA arena and some other matches. They let anyone attending overlay real-time updated score graphics atop their photos and videos. Just last week, Live… Read More

This is your next jam: A$AP Rocky, Zayn, and more

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Welcome back to The Verge’s weekly musical roundup. I’m Jamieson, I’m still your host, and I’m exhausted after working through one of the craziest weeks in recent musical memory. Rihanna finally released a new album! B.o.B. thinks the Earth is flat! Kanye is totally uninterested in butt stuff! I’m actually a little bummed out by the frenzy, because a ton of interesting, exciting music came out this week and ended up overshadowed by social media shenanigans. At least we can celebrate it here, right?

Remember to subscribe to our Spotify playlist if you haven’t already — it’s updated weekly! Let’s go:

A$AP Rocky ft. Pharrell, “Hear Me”:

“Hear Me” was released just a few hours after Kanye and Wiz Khalifa’s Twitter kerfuffle fizzled out,…

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IBM Closes Weather Co. Purchase, Names David Kenny New Head Of Watson Platform

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The Weather Company Meteorologist, Jess Parker (left) works with IBM Watson Developer Chris Ackerson (right) to install a personal weather station on the roof of IBM Watson Headquarters at Astor Place in New York City. More than 180,000 people around the world connect personal weather stations, like the one pictured, to Weather Underground's worldwide personal weather station network to share live, localized weather data to people around the globe. IBM today announced that it has closed the acquisition of The Weather Company’s B2B, mobile and cloud-based web-properties, weather.com, Weather Underground, The Weather Company brand and WSI, its global business-to-business brand. (Jon Simon/Feature Photo Service for IBM) IBM is taking another step to expand its Waston AI business and build its presence in areas like IoT: today the company announced that its acquisition of the Weather Company — the giant weather media and data group — has now officially closed. IBM is not disclosing the value of the deal: it was originally reported to be in the region of $2 billion, but sources close to IBM tell… Read More

Custom Apparel Shop Teespring Lays Off Staff, Exits Providence

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teespring-tees Following last summer’s restructuring, custom t-shirt shop Teespring has laid off under 10 percent of its workforce, and is shutting down its Providence office entirely. The company had around 300 total employees ahead of the layoffs, but not all those who work in Providence are out of a job, we understand – instead, some have been offered the opportunity to relocate to… Read More

Apple reportedly has hundreds of people working on a secret virtual reality team

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Apple CEO Tim Cook this week said virtual reality “has some interesting applications,” so much so the company has already compiled a secret team of hundreds of people to work on the technology, according to the Financial Times. The team was created, the FT says, through calculated acquisitions and the poaching of virtual and augmented reality experts from competitors like Microsoft and camera companies like Lytro. The group marks Apple’s second under-the-wraps foray into virtual reality, having once tried in the mid-2000s under former CEO Steve Jobs before scrapping the project because the technology wasn’t advanced enough yet, according to the FT.

Apple’s latest acquisition is Flyby Media, an AR startup focused on helping phones “see”…

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Apple Acquires Flyby Media, Makers Of Tech That “Sees” The World Around You

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vrapple Apple’s VR ambitions continue: according to a new report from the Financial Times, Apple has acquired an augmented reality startup called Flyby Media, which developed technology that allows mobile phones to “see” the world around them. The company, notably, had worked with Google in the past, as it was the first consumer-facing application to use the image recognition… Read More

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