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30 May, 2023

Fidelity: Twitter worth 33% of Musk’s purchase price

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According to Fidelity, which helped finance Musk’s purchase of Twitter, its valuation of its equity stake in the company puts the total value of Twitter at $15 billion, around 33% of what Musk originally paid for it. Fidelity downgraded its holdings in the company by 56% a month after the acquisition, by 63% in February 2023, and now by 66%. Musk’s investment in Twitter is now worth $8.8 billion, according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index, which uses Fidelity’s valuation to calculate the value of his holding. Musk spent more than $25 billion to acquire an estimated 79% stake in the company in 2022.

19 May, 2023

Tesla releases promo video on Twitter

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Tesla releases a two-minute Twitter video on its Tesla Asia account (which has only 172,000 followers, compared to its main account’s 21 million) called “Drive to believe.” The ad highlights Tesla’s Autopilot feature, infotainment system, the Tesla app, as well as featuring a Model 3 owner and mother of two children saying she was initially drawn to the vehicle because of its technology, but has grown to appreciate its safety measures as well.

I would say it’s one of the greatest gifts, that my kids can have, in terms of their future.

17 May, 2023

Tesla reopens talks with Indian government

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Senior Tesla executives visit India, meeting officials from Modi’s office and other ministries to discuss local sourcing of parts and more. The executives propose setting up a factory in India to build electric cars for domestic sale and export, but no location or investment has been specified. Though India previously declined Tesla’s request to lower the import tax on cars (causing earlier talks to end in gridlock), the matter is not being discussed during this visit.

16 May, 2023

X Corp acquires tech recruiting platform Laskie

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In its first deal under Musk’s leadership, Twitter’s parent company X Corp acquires Laskie, a talent recruitment tool. Though the exact price of the acquisition is unclear, it was apparently “tens of millions” of dollars, with the deal including cash and equity elements.

Laskie is a San-Francisco based startup founded in 2021 by current CEO Chris Bakke, and apparently has somewhere between 11 and 50 employees. Its aim has been to connect tech talent with employers using tools that are “designed to make your job search faster, more efficient, and less stressful,” but now the platform’s website displays a message saying its platform is “no longer available.”  Twitter has not publicly confirmed the deal.

12 May, 2023

Yaccarino hired as Twitter CEO

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Musk announces that Yaccarino, who was previously head of advertising and partnerships for NBCUniversal, will take over from him as Twitter CEO.

I am excited to welcome Linda Yaccarino as the new CEO of Twitter! @LindaYacc will focus primarily on business operations, while I focus on product design & new technology. Looking forward to working with Linda to transform this platform into X, the everything app.

11 May, 2023

Musk announces Twitter CEO hire

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Musk says he has found a new CEO for Twitter, a woman who will start in six week’s time. Musk does not revealed her identity. Musk says he will become CTO.

Excited to announce that I’ve hired a new CEO for X/Twitter. She will be starting in ~6 weeks! My role will transition to being exec chair & CTO, overseeing product, software & sysops.

10 May, 2023

Tesla to ‘cooperate’ with Samsung in IT development

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Musk meets for the first time with Jay Y. Lee, Executive Chairman of Samsung Electronics, during Lee’s visit to the United States, to discuss ways Tesla and Samsung can work together in future high-tech industries, such as semiconductors for autonomous vehicles.

8 May, 2023

Musk breaks ground at Tesla lithium refinery

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Joined by Governor Abbott (R), Musk breaks ground at the site of the Tesla’s $375 million lithium refinery in Corpus Christi, Texas, after arriving in a Cybertruck with shovels strapped to the sides. Tesla says the facility will help it secure a domestic supply of lithium hydroxide, a key ingredient used to make its batteries. Musk says the availability of battery-grade lithium is a “fundamental chokepoint” for the electric vehicle industry and others. Tesla aims to produce enough battery-grade lithium at the refinery to manufacture one million vehicles per year, and to produce more lithium than the rest of North America’s refining capacity combined there.

Tesla promises it will use an “innovative” process, designed to consume less hazardous reagents, such as hydrochloric acid, and create “beneficial use opportunities” from byproducts, which they expect to be mostly sand and limestone. However, the company did not disclose the specific chemistry it would rely upon for processing. Musk:

There’s no toxic emissions or anything — you could live right in the middle of the refinery and not suffer any ill effects.

Abbott praises Musk as the greatest entrepreneur on Earth, saying:

Texas wants to be able to be self-reliant, not dependent upon any foreign hostile nation for what we need.

3 May, 2023

Twitter down to 1000 employees

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Twitter downsizes to only 1,000 employees, including about 500 engineers, about 90% less than worked for the platform just before Musk took over. One employee states, “performance reviews are constant,” leading to frequent firings with little to no explanation given and causing remaining workers scramble to meet demands. Even before the slash, hundreds of workers had already left. Musk:

The issue is like the company’s going to go bankrupt if we do not cut costs immediately. This is not a caring, uncaring situation. It’s like if the whole ship sinks then nobody’s got a job.

20 Apr, 2023

Tesla stock drops nearly 10% over continued price cuts

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Tesla stock (TSLA) drops nearly 10%, nearly $50 billion in market capitalisation, after Musk says the electric vehicle manufacturer will keep cutting prices in a bid to drive up demand in a weak economy. Focusing on sales growth rather than immediate profit, Musk said:

We’ve taken a view that pushing for higher volumes and a larger fleet is the right choice here versus a lower volume and a higher margin.

With this drop, Tesla’s market capitalization ending below Meta Platforms’ for the first time since 2021.

16 Apr, 2023

Musk launches X.AI

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Musk launches X.AI, an artificial intelligence company. The company, incorporated in Nevada in March, has Musk as its director and Jared Birchall, the director of Musk’s family office, listed as its secretary. Musk plans for the firm to compete with the Microsoft-backed OpenAI. Musk reportedly sought funding from SpaceX and Tesla investors to get the company started. The X.AI name matches the branding of the X Corp. name he has since assigned to Twitter, along with the ‘X’ label he’s applied to his vision of an “everything app.”

1 Apr, 2023

Soros sells all Tesla holdings

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Soros Fund Management, the family office of George Soros, sells its entire stake in Tesla. This includes stock as well as $35 million of convertible bonds. Soros bought the bonds in 2018 and the stock in 2022. When he purchased the latter, Tesla shares averaged $274, but at the time of sale they average just $173.

27 Mar, 2023

Neuralink in talks with brain implant surgery company

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Neuralink is in talks with Barrow Neurological Institute, which has helped standardize brain implant surgeries in which the patient can remain asleep, as a potential partner. There are unverified reports that the company is also speaking with other centers.



Twitter source code posted to GitHub

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Part of Twitter’s source code is posted on GitHub but has been taken down when Twitter requested its removal. In the takedown request, Twitter said an account called ‘FreeSpeechEnthusiast’ had infringed copyrights owned by the company, and asked for information that could identify the owner of the account. GitHub:

GitHub does not generally comment on decisions to remove content. However, in the interest of transparency, we share every DMCA [Digital Millennium Copyright Act] takedown request publicly

23 Mar, 2023

ARK sells $27m Tesla stock, buys Coinbase

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ARK Investment Management’s Cathy Wood sells off $26.84 million of Tesla (TSLA) stock, at a closing price of $192.22, buying shares of Coinbase (COIN) instead. For a total of 139,642 TSLA shares, Wood’s firm sold 119,630 from its ARK Innovation ETF (ARKK) and 20,012 from the ARK Next Generation Internet ETF (ARKW).

22 Mar, 2023

Saudi, Abu Dhabi companies to invest in SpaceX

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An Abu Dhabi-based company and a unit of Saudi Arabia’s investment fund plan to invest in a multi-billion dollar funding round for SpaceX. The round is reportedly expected to value Musk’s company at about $140 billion.

Saudi Arabia’s Water and Electricity Holding Company is also included in the funding round.
9 Mar, 2023

Musk buys land for own town

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Musk’s companies are reportedly buying land in Texas with the hope of incorporating their own town, where employees can live and work. The town is to be called Snailbrook, an apparent reference to the mascot of Musk’s tunneling firm, the Boring Company. Snailbrook reportedly includes plans to build more than 100 homes, as well as neighborhood features such as a pool and outdoor sports area.

ARK buys more Tesla stock

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ARK  buys 69,356 Tesla shares, adding to the 1.3 million shares the firm purchased in December and January. This latest purchase adds about $12.6 million to ARK’s holdings in the electric vehicle company, based on the stock’s (TSLA) current market value.

8 Feb, 2023

Massive Twitter outage

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Many users find they cannot tweet, retweet, quote tweet and direct message on Twitter, with users recieving messages such as:

You are over the daily limit for sending tweets

Some users could not access their direct message, with the tab only showing the message “something went wrong.”

Musk sends a brief email to Twitter staff, instructing them to “pause new feature development” in order to ensure “system stability and robustness”.