Panic on the bridge

Transcripts, released by the coast guard, show the ferry’s crew panicking during their last communications with controllers at Jindo Vessel Traffic Services Centre. Excerpt, recorded 29 minutes after the Sewol’s  first distress call: Controller: “Please go out and let the passengers wear life jackets and put on more clothing.” Crew member: “If this ferry evacuates […]

More magma, less eruptible

New studies show that the volcano’s underground magma system is larger than previously measured and may extend outside the known caldera boundaries.  The estimated total volume of magma down there, scientists say, is around 48-144 cubic miles (200-600 cubic km) – much more than earlier estimates.  However, it’s 85% to 95% solidified and so very […]

No Hajj travel ban

After a five-day inspection, World Health Organization experts don’t recommend restrictions on travel to Saudi Arabia, including upcoming pilgrimages, although two deaths and 10 more cases are reported today. In Jeddah, WHO and Acting Health Minister Adel Fakeih launch a kingdom-wide public awareness campaign, urging the public to do frequent hand washing and sanitizing as […]

Cousin pleads not guilty to conspiracy charge

Tanya Singleton, Hernandez’s cousin, pleads not guilty to charges that she helped one of his friends flee to Florida after the June 2013 murder of Odin Lloyd.  Singleton, along with Hernandez, his fiancee and two of his friends, face charges related to Lloyd’s death.  She agrees to be held without bail for the conspiracy charge, […]

New York test run

The Company does its first test run in New York with three cars cruising the SOHO/Chelsea/Union Square areas and a few people using the system. The core crew is Garrett, Kalanick, and Salazar, Garrett’s friend from Grad school who helped build the prototype in early 2009.

Algeria confirms first cases

Two Algerian men, ages 66 and 59, test positive after returning from a pilgrimage to Saudi Arabia.  The Algerian Health Ministry confirms the cases but gives no details as to the men’s condition.

Virginia cease-and-desist

The Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles tells the company and another ride-share service to stop operating in violation of the law or their drivers will face a civil fine of up to $1,000 per violation.  The state’s secretary of transportation says: I actually like their business model in terms of giving more flexibility to the […]

California regulation starts

After legal battles with the company and other ride-sharing services, the California Public Utilities Commission decides to create a new service category of transportation network company and to regulate such services.  Drivers will need CPUC permits.  They must also undergo criminal background checks and pass a company driver training program.  Companies must pay the CPUC […]

San Franscisco launch

Service opens in San Francisco with Ryan Graves at the helm and a fleet of 45 drivers.  When interviewed four and a half months later in UberCab headquarters (a conference room with four other employees), Graves says that the business is growing “crazy fast.”  The company’s general plan is to get more employees, more happy […]

North Carolina ban lifted

The governor of North Carolina signs a law that ends a long-time ban, prevents local governments from outlawing fracking, and makes it illegal to reveal what chemicals drillers use. We have watched and waited as other states moved forward with energy exploration, and it is finally our turn.  This legislation will spur economic development at […]

UberCab founded

Garrett Camp and Travis Kalanick found the company as UberCab – a marketplace that connects riders with private drivers via a smartphone app.  Their January 2009 Flickr photostream includes multiple views of a Mercedes-Benz S-class sedan, advertising images and a map of part of downtown San Francisco.

Yoo’s brother arrested

South Korean police arrest Yoo Byung-il, who is Yoo Byung-un‘s elder brother, near the Evangelical Baptist Church compound in Anseong.  Charges against him are not released officially, but the Yonhap news agency reports that he was a consultant for Chonghaejin Marine and has been arrested for alleged embezzlement and fraud-related real estate deals.

Church raided again

About 5,000 police, some with helmets and riot shields, raid the Evangelical Baptist Church’s compound in Anseong again.  There are no reports of violence, although some 200 church members rally, carrying a banner that says “We’ll protect Yoo Byung-eun even if 100,000 church members are all arrested.”  Police arrest four members for allegedly helping Yoo […]

Europe, Paris open

After the company raises $32 million from investors, UberEurope and UberParis go live.  Travis Kalanick blogs: Today marks a big milestone for Uber. It is the culmination of everything we’ve done over the last 18 months and the cornerstone for the next phase of the company, making Uber a global transportation and logistics brand…We aspire […]

Renamed Uber

After receiving cease-and-desist orders from the California Public Utilities Commission and the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency, the company renames itself Uber to avoid the appearance of marketing itself as a taxi business.  The company’s CEO says: Regarding our legal situation, we’re working cooperatively with both agencies to ensure compliance and make sure that Uber […]

Confirmed: Patents public

Tesla makes its technology patents freely available to the public and promises not to sue anyone who uses the patent in good faith.  The company, which has hundreds of issued patents and hundreds more pending, will continue to apply for future  patents to protect itself from those others take out for the same technology.  In a […]

European cabbies protest

Thousands of taxi drivers in London, Paris, Madrid, Berlin and other major European cities protest by staging a slow-down that snarls traffic, in some cases, for much of the afternoon.  In Rio de Janeiro, dozens of taxis line up and drive slowly down the Copacabana beachfront.  A London cab driver says: There’s room for everyone, […]


As TSLA, the company makes its initial public offering of 13.3 million shares on NASDAQ, at $17 a share.  It is the first American automaker to go public since 1956.  Stock closes at $24.64, a 45% gain, earning the company $266 million.

$465 million DOE loan

The US Department of Energy announces approval of $465 million in low-interest loans to the company.  The company says it will spend $365 million on manufacturing the Model S.  The rest of the money will be invested in a new plant that will make battery packs and electrical vehicle parts for Tesla and other automakers, […]

Daimler buys stake, $550 million valuation

German automaker Daimler buys a 9% stake in Tesla Motors for $50 million.  The company’s post-money valuation is now $550 million.  Daimler also expands its partnership with the company to put electric batteries into Mercedes-Benz vehicles.  In a press release, Daimler says: Tesla is the only production automaker selling a highway capable electric vehicle in […]

Model S unveiled

At a press conference in Hawthorne, California, the company introduces the Model S, a full-sized luxury sedan.  Priced at around $50,000 (list price of $57,000 minus federal tax credits), the car is expected to go on sale in 2011.  It can seat seven, has a single-charge range of up to 160 miles (around 300 miles […]

Becomes CEO, layoffs, closes office

Musk takes over as Tesla CEO and announces that the company will put its Model S sedan on hold, close the facility working on some of the sedan’s engineering, and lay off a number of people.  The company will focus on the Roadster and powertrains.  In a blog post, he blames the economy: These are […]

Roadster unveiled

The company’s first sports car, the Roadster, is unveiled in an airport hangar in Santa Monica, California.  The car has a top speed of over 130 mph and goes from zero to 60 mph in about four seconds.  Its single-charge range is 250 miles.  In attendance at the event are 350 guests, including several celebrities, […]

Tesla Chairman

Elon Musk leads the Series A investment round of $7.5 million and becomes the company’s chairman.  He says: As you know, the initial product of Tesla Motors is a high performance electric sports car called the Tesla Roadster. However, some readers may not be aware of the fact that our long term plan is to […]

Delivers geosynchronous satellite

The Company’s upgraded Falcon 9 launch vehicle puts the SES-8 communications satellite into geostationary orbit.  This success comes after multiple missed launch windows and mission aborts as well as equipment replacement.  The satellite will provide South Asia and Indochina with phone, television and Internet services.


Martin Eberhard and Marc Tarpenning found Tesla Motors to build electric vehicles using a design based on Nikola Tesla’s AC induction motor, invented in 1888.  Eberhard says: Here’s the cool thing: if you handed one of our motors to Nikola Tesla, he’d recognize it immediately as his own invention. Nice job of optimization, but clearly his.  […]

Tesla Motors

Tesla Motors, Inc., is a California-based company that builds electric cars, batteries and powertrains.  It was founded in 2003 and initially financed by Martin Eberhard and Marc Tarpenning.  Elon Musk became its chairman a year later and, in 2008, its CEO. The company produces the Roadster all-electric sports car and the Model S premium sedan.  It […]


Space Exploration Technologies Corporation, or SpaceX, is a California-based orbital launch service company founded in 2002 by Elon Musk to reduce space transportation costs and enable the colonization of Mars.  The company builds its own rocket engines, rocket stages, spacecraft, principal avionics and software in their Hawthorne, California, facility.  It tests rockets in McGregor, Texas, […]

Attacks foiled, over 50 members killed

Multiple terrorist strikes are averted when soldiers intercept group members in Borno State as they file out of a forest.  A military spokesman says: Troops conducting anti-terrorist campaign successfully averted attempted massive raids on villages in Borno and Adamawa states during the weekend. The terrorists who were on their way to attack selected communities were […]

Nigerian Schoolgirls Kidnapping

On the night of June 14-15, gunmen kidnapped approximately 276 female students from the Government Secondary School in Chibok, Borno State, Nigeria. Boko Haram, a terrorist organization based in northeast Nigeria, later claimed responsibility. Some girls escaped, some were reportedly killed, but most are still missing.  The crime has spurred a multinational response, as well […]


Hydraulic fracturing – fracking – is a mining technique that, together with horizontal drilling, enables access to natural gas and petroleum deposits in deep rock formations that can’t be reached by more traditional methods. Liquid, generally water, is mixed with chemicals and sand and then injected under high pressure into a well. This makes tiny […]

20 women kidnapped

A member of a local vigilante organization set up to fight the group’s attacks says gunmen arrived at the Garkin Fulani nomadic settlement around noon on June 5th and and forced 20 women to enter their vehicles.  The kidnappers also took three young men who tried to stop the crime.  He reports: We tried to […]


Uber is an American venture-funded transportation company that enables people to use their smartphones to get a ride.  The pricing system is similar to metered taxis, although it varies according to type of vehicle.  App users enter their credit card information just once.  For each ride the fare is calculated by time unless the vehicle’s […]

Korean Ferry Disaster

The South Korean passenger ferry MV Sewol capsized while en route from Incheon to Jeju City.  It carried 3608 tonnes (3977 US tons) of cargo (three times the legal limit) and reportedly had 476 people on board, mostly students from Danwon High School in Ansan City, although the actual number of passengers is uncertain.  Hundreds […]

White Widow

Samantha Lewthwaite, christened “The White Widow” by the media, is the widow of one of the 7/7/2005 London suicide bombers and now one of the most wanted terrorists in the world.  Born in County Down, Ireland, in 1983, she moved to Buckinghamshire, England, as a young girl and converted to Islam after her parents separated […]

Boko Haram

Boko Haram is a terrorist group based in northern Nigeria, affiliated with al-Qaeda, al-Shabaab and other local and international extremist groups. Radical Islamic cleric Mohammed Yusuf started it in 2002 with the goal of ending Westernization through the creation of a separate Islamic state under sharia.  The group has had several names but is best […]

$17 billion valuation

Uber Confirms raising a $1.2 billion round of venture capital funding, putting the company’s total pre-money valuation at $17 billion, up from $3.5 billion last year.  The new financing is led by Fidelity Investments and includes Wellington Management, Summit Partners, BlackRock Inc. and Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, as well as current investors Google Ventures and Menlo Ventures. CEO […]

X-men movie tie-in

Hostess launches the eXtreme Crème line as a tie-in to X-Men:  Days of Future Past.  The product, with Blue Raspberry and Strawberry Blast flavored cream, comes in limited-edition X-Men packaging.  There’s also a chance to win a trip, X-Men gear, movie tickets and more.

Big Lots: Official thrift outlet

Big Lots announces that it will receive weekly shipments of all Hostess snacks. Assortments will vary by week and by store, and products will be discounted up to 40 percent off retail price.  The original Hostess thrift stores were closed as part of the company’s 2012 bankruptcy, when the Hostess and Dolly Madison brands were […]

African Union involved

After talks between the African Union and the United Nations in New York, Uganda’s ambassador says the African Union is involved in the search and using a wide range of measures.  He describes the AU’s involvement as: …quiet diplomacy, because some of this information, we don’t want it to reach those who abducted the children.  […]

Dies in Chicago

Harold Ramis dies from complications of autoimmune inflammatory vasculitis at age 69.  Ramis was diagnosed with the disease in May 2010 and had to learn how to walk again.  He then had a relapse in late 2011.  He leaves behind his wife Erica and three children.  A Twinkie, in remembrance of one of his best-known […]

Suspects to be questioned

Portuguese police say that several suspects will be questioned in the near future, but not in the coming week.  British police, who have already asked to speak with three people of interest, may sit in on the interviews but will not be allowed to take part.  The BBC reports that nothing relevant to the case […]

Funding sources revealed

The Washington Post reports the group is funded by a network of black market dealings, local and international donations, and links to al-Qaeda and other Middle Eastern groups. They say the group received much of the $3 million that Osama bin-Laden sent to Nigeria around 2002. After founder Mohammed Yusuf fled to Saudi Arabia, the […]

Families crowdfund reward

Some relatives of passengers launch a crowd-funding campaign to raise $3 million for key information about the plane.  A separate $2 million is being raised to follow up on promising leads.  A US citizen and partner of one of the passengers says: We are taking matters into our own hands.  There is no credible evidence… […]

Patent give-away hint

When a BBC interviewer asks if he is considering giving his proprietary technology away, Musk replies: You’re on the right track Earlier in the week, he had told shareholders that in order to increase the popularity of electric cars the company was considering doing something significant and controversial with its patents.

Four villages attacked, scores dead

Armed gunmen on ATVs and motorcycles, disguised as soldiers, attack Goshe, Attagara, Agapalwa and Aganjara villages in northeastern Borno State.  Some villagers escape across the border into Cameroon. Death counts are not yet known, but unconfirmed reports list over 100 people killed just in Goshe.  A Goshe resident tells CNN: They laid siege on the […]

Search area moved


Following a new analysis of satellite communications, Australian officials say they are moving the search into a 17,500-square-mile prioritized area of the 7th arc.  The Australian Transport Safety Bureau believes the jet probably crashed within 60 miles of this arc and says: The latest information and analysis confirms that MH370 will be found in close […]

Searchers need extra week

British police ask Portuguese authorities for an additional week to search the scrub land.  The Metropolitan Police have released no details about the searches, but it’s thought that permission will be given for the extra time.

Lewthwaite, Lindsay marry

After meeting Jamaican-born Germaine Lindsay in an Islamic Internet chat room they marry in an Islamic ceremony in the front room of a terraced house in Aylesbury  Neither parent attends the wedding: My father Andy didn’t approve and stayed away and my mum just couldn’t make it. I was his youngest daughter. He found it hard enough when […]

Husband bombs train


At Luton, husband Germaine Lindsay (second from left in picture), who used to live in Yorkshire, meets fellow bombers Mohammad Sidique Khan, Shehzad Tanweer and Hasib Hussain, who have driven from Yorkshire in a rental car.   The four men board a train to King’s Cross, where they fan out, each wearing a backpack filled with […]