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Tesla’s new return policy off to confusing start because of Elon Musk

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Tesla CEO Elon Musk’s tweets are causing a stir yet again — but this time it’s about the electric car company exec’s guidance on car returns clashing with what’s on the company website.

Tesla’s return policy lays out a seven-day return window for any cars delivered. But it specifies that that you’re only eligible for a return if “you have taken delivery of your vehicle without ever having taken a test or demo drive with us.”

Around 5 p.m. PT Wednesday, the return policy page included this key detail, as seen below on the left. But by 6 p.m. PT the site had been updated, without the test drive limitations. Read more…

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Hackers conquer Tesla’s in-car web browser and win a Model 3

A pair of security researchers dominated Pwn2Own, the annual high-profile hacking contest, taking home $375,000 in prizes including a Tesla Model 3 — their reward for successfully exposing a vulnerability in the electric vehicle’s infotainment system. Tesla handed over its new Model 3 sedan to Pwn2Own this year, the first time a car has been […]

Elon Musk defends tweets in SEC’s contempt proceedings

Tesla CEO Elon Musk argued Friday that his Twitter use did not violate a settlement agreement with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and that the agency’s request to have him held in contempt is based on a “radical interpretation” of the order, according to court papers filed in Manhattan federal court. The SEC has asked […]

Tesla’s customer referral program is back weeks after it was killed off

Tesla killed off its customer referral program way back on Feb. 1, 2019 because the popular program was getting too costly to maintain. But now, less than two months later, Tesla is bringing it back with new incentives aimed at rewarding its customers, and bringing in new ones. Tesla’s customer referral program had offered a […]

To fund Y Combinator’s top startups, VCs scoop them before Demo Day

Meet the startups that raised venture capital, or got acquired, before Demo Day.

Ex-Tesla employees allegedly stole trade secrets in a ridiculously obvious way

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Tesla is suing five former employees for stealing trade secrets in what looks like ridiculously obvious fashion. 

On Wednesday evening, Tesla filed two lawsuits against former employees and the self-driving startup Zoox, as spotted by The Verge. In the first case, it accuses four ex-employees of porting over “proprietary information and trade secrets” to Zoox. And in the second, it accuses one employee of stealing Tesla’s Autopilot source code, and bringing it over to Xiaopeng Motors (XPeng).

The theft, according to Tesla, was “blatant and intentional.” From the filings, it certainly seems that way. Read more…

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Starbucks will anchor the new $400 million food-focused Valor Siren Ventures fund

Starbucks is serving up a steaming hot $100 million cash commitment to anchor a new food-focused fund in partnership with the consumer and tech-focused focused private equity firm Valor Equity Partners. The behemoth of burnt-coffee said that its commitment to the Valor Siren Ventures fund is an attempt to focus on “new ideas and technologies […]

TC Sessions: Mobility, a one-day session event on the future of transportation

The way people and packages move from Point A to Point B is in the midst of a remarkable transformation driven by technological innovations in AI, robotics, electric battery development, digital platforms and manufacturing. A mobility revolution is in the making. And TechCrunch is here — and we’re not just along for the ride. We’re […]