The Future Will See You Now
Oh, GOOD: You’ll soon to be able to drive your Tesla from NY to LA using the company’s expanded “Supercharger” network by the end of this year. [Business Insider]
Now that the Waze-Facebook talks have fallen apart, rumors are swirling that Google might go in for the kill. [ZDNet]
Meet the relaunched NewYork.com, another website dedicated to this city. [Crain's]
Pinterest is going to allow more tasteful nude pictures on the site following complaints by its users. [TechCrunch]
Apple quietly announced a new $229 16GB iPod Touch last night for people who still buy those things. [The Verge]
What do you get when you combine Elon Musk, Tesla electric vehicles and driverless car technology? BINGO, yes, but also an automobile so futuristic it may as well shuttle George Jetson around.
All this time we’ve been under the impression Silicon Valley is on the West Coast, but we’re starting to wonder whether it’s perhaps on another planet entirely. Witness this photo, tweeted by Forbes‘ Ryan Mac, which shows Google cofounder Sergey Brin tooling around town in a hot-pink Tesla dressed up with Batmobile detailing:
An “overwhelming” percentage of cyberattacks on U.S. corporations and government agencies seem to originate out of a 12-story Chinese Army complex in a rundown neighborhood of Shanghai. [NYT]
Microsoft says it has signed up 60 million active users for its free, web-based Outlook email service, and that one-third of those users switched over from Gmail. [Bloomberg]
The liquidation of Ecomom was precipitated, at least in part, by aggressive bets on how much merchandise the ecommerce site could move. [PandoDaily]
A handful of developers in San Francisco and New York had a chance to play with Google Glasses earlier this month, as Google engineers sought feedback on their API. [ArsTechnica]
Finally, the true tale of Times reporter’s John M. Broder and Tesla’s Model S sedan. [AllThingsD]
What’s an attention-whore to do when the press stops turning up? John McAfee had an idea: he gave two freelance journalists $2,900 in cash to follow him to the Caribbean and document his reunion with his 19-year-old girlfriend. [PandoDaily]
There may still be plenty of complex issues to be resolved before online gambling is legal in the U.S., but that isn’t stopping tech companies from lining up at the regulatory gates. [NYT]
Kim Dotcom says Mega is “the Privacy Company.” To that end, Mega is now accepting payment by bitcoin, and plans to offer secure email and chat services. [Mashable]
After New York Times reporter John M. Broder wrote about the failings of the Tesla Model S during his road test along I-95, nine Model S owners attempted to create the trip. Four drivers completed the 353-mile leg between Rockville, Maryland and Groton, Connecticut, though of the five drivers who dropped out, none reported the battery failures that dogged Mr. Broder. [AllThingsD]
In the aftermath of Ecomom founder Jody Sherman’s suicide—and word that the company is heading for liquidation—an argument that “‘Killing It’ Isn’t Worth It.” [TechCrunch]
word to the wise
Six months after raising $4.7 million and less than three weeks after founder and CEO Jody Sherman committed suicide, Ecomom is liquidating. [PandoDaily]
Tesla CEO Elon Musk got around to publishing the data he promised would show that a New York Times review of his company’s electric Model S sedan was a “fake”: “We were played for a fool and as a result, let down the cause of electric vehicles.” [Tesla]
Times’ reporter John M. Broder answered Mr. Musk’s post point-for-point, reiterating that he followed the instructions of Tesla employees throughout his test drive. [NYT]
Netflix CEO Reed Hastings: “House of Cards now the #1 most popular TV show in the world, according to IMDb. And I still can’t get (Neftlix Chief Content Officer) Ted Sarandos to tell me how many millions are enjoying it on Netflix.” [Facebook]
President Barack Obama hosted a Google+ Hangout. [Daily Dot]
Stop calling it the Harlem Shake. Just stop, really. [Gawker]
A meteorite struck Chelyabinsk, Russia, injuring 400 people. [Mashable]
IRL Iron Man
If there’s something that Tesla CEO Elon Musk can’t stomach, it’s a challenge to the company’s claims regarding the mileage-range on the batteries of its electric cars.
Case in point: On February 8, The New York Times published a less than flattering review of the Tesla Model S, in which reporter John M. Broder described Read More
Things aren’t looking so great for Boeing right now, as the 787 Dreamliner has morphed into a nightmare. Turns out the lithium ion batteries that were supposed to be such an innovation are showing a distressing tendency to go wrong in one way or another, and the brand new model is currently grounded.
But hey, it’s always darkest before the dawn, right? And it looks like there’s at least one person willing to lend a hand. Via the Next Swiftmoney Web:
Deal With It
Today is the opening of the Detroit Auto Show, and so automotive execs are making the rounds talking up their companies’ latest and greatest models. Among them, according to Reuters: Tesla founder Elon Musk, who came bearing promises of profitability–or at least assurances that his firm is working on it.
Count Tesla CEO Elon Musk as the latest Silicon Valley entrepreneur unwilling to wait for the Securities and Exchange Commission to mark social media as an appropriate platform for sharing material information about public companies.