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Elon Musk Pulls All-Nighter Before Unveiling His Science Fair Project

FUTURISM. (Photo: Tesla)

Hey, do you love Space Mountain and hate bumper-to-bumper traffic? Boy, does Elon Musk have the highly theoretical transit system for you!

The PayPal cofounder just released the open-source plans for his pipe dream, the Hyperloop, along with some futuristic renderings we’re pretty sure he stole from Frank Herbert’s Dune. It’s basically the love child of a supersonic jet and the monorail at Epcot. Mr. Musk says it’s “the right solution for the specific case of high traffic city pairs that are less than about 1500 km or 900 miles apart.”

Anything more and you just want to upgrade to supersonic air travel. (As one does.) Though he’s not entirely done hashing out the details, after pulling an all-nighter working on the plans:  Read More

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Whoops! Elon Musk Didn’t Mean to Get Your Hopes Up About the Hyperloop

We've maybe been trolled. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

Did Elon Musk’s pie-in-the-sky promises about releasing a plan for an ultra-fast “Hyperloop” get you all excited for the future of travel? Bad news: This time, even Mr. Musk has to admit he got a little ahead of himself.

On Tesla’s quarterly earnings call, someone asked (wholly seriously, it seems) whether shareholders would “see any benefit” from the Hyperloop, for which he’s supposed to release a plan on August 12. According to a Seeking Alpha transcript, that’s when the backtracking began:  Read More

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Listen, Ashton Kutcher Is a Tech Guy and Always Has Been, I Don’t Know Who Told You Otherwise

So method.

Remember Ashton Kutcher, the huggable moptop from such comedy hits as Dude, Where’s My Car?, and That ’70s Show? Well, forget him. Forget he ever existed. Because the real Ashton Kutcher eats, sleeps and breathes tech and he always has, dummy.

You might have heard about the rollicking farce Mr. Kutcher is currently promoting, a film called Jobs. His part as the eponymous Steve Jobs “marks the all-in moment” solidifying his involvement in the tech world, CNet tells us. His foray into the industry began, of course, with his stint as “a popular Twitter user,” because that’s how all the greats get their start in tech. Read More

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Tesla Fans to Plant a WiFi-Enabled Monument to Their Idol in Palo Alto

Nikola Tesla, circa 1895. (Photo: Marc Seifer Archives)

Looks like we’re going to have to come up with another description for inventor Nikola Tesla, besides “under-appreciated.” Plans for a museum at Wardenclyffe are well under way, and now a Kickstarter project has raised $127,260 to build a life-sized bronze monument to the man smack in the middle of Silicon Valley.

What, no colossus?

The project is the brainchild of Dorrian Porter, who discovered Nikola Tesla four years ago thanks to a Google doodle. The statue will be parked in front of a Palo Alto office building, and it will hold a time capsule to be opened in 2043. Also included: a Wifi hotspot! Read More

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Cameron Diaz and Elon Musk Are Still Dating, So She Probably Wants His Babies

She has this going on for her. (Photo: Flickr)

As the temperatures heat up, so does the relationship between actress/aspiring flip-phone model Cameron Diaz and Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk! Page Six reports that Jane Fonda’s pet project is getting increasingly hot and heavy. Supposedly, the 41-year-old billionaire regularly leaves the company’s Palo Alto office without telling anyone because he’s “visiting Cameron.”

Sounds very official, you guys! Read More

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Rumor Roundup: In Which an Angry Reader Hopes We Are Forced to ‘Work on a Land Line Forever’

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A (literal) letter to the editor: When Betabeat freelancer David Shapiro wrote a damning review of the new BlackBerry Z10, saying that people would think less of you if you opted for it over an iPhone, we expected to receive some angry feedback. What we did not expect, however, was to receive a real paper letter, mailed to our offices, lamenting the “hugely irritating and pompous and dumb and plain silly” post. We suppose it’s appropriate, however, that such an impassioned BlackBerry user would take to the mailbox instead of email–does email even work on that thing? (JK) Read More