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Tesla sets massive stock awards for Musk based on boosting market value

BANGALORE/SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Silicon Valley billionaire Elon Musk could earn as much as $55.8 billion in Tesla Inc stock and own more than a quarter of the electric car company in the next decade if he hits all targets of a bold new pay plan. Read More


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Texas Instruments fails to beat earnings estimates, shares fall

(Reuters) - Chipmaker Texas Instruments Inc's fourth-quarter earnings failed to exceed Wall Street expectations after several quarters of better-than-expected results, sending its shares down 5 percent on Tuesday. More »


Facebook buys Boston software company that authenticates IDs

NEW YORK/SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Facebook Inc is buying a software firm that specializes in authenticating government-issued identification cards, the two companies said on Tuesday, a step that may help the social media company learn more about the people who buy ads on its network. More »


Apple launches HomePod voice speaker, takes on Google, Amazon

(Reuters) - After missing the critical holiday shopping season, Apple Inc has jumped into the voice speaker wars with the HomePod smart speaker, a device that will use its Siri voice assistant and compete against offerings from Inc and Alphabet Inc's Google. More »


Online lender SoFi nabs Twitter executive Noto as CEO

(Reuters) - Wall Street banker turned Silicon Valley executive Anthony Noto has left Twitter Inc to become chief executive officer of online lender Social Finance Inc, the companies said on Tuesday. More »


Qualcomm set to be fined by EU antitrust regulators: FT

(Reuters) - The European Union is set to fine U.S. chipmaker Qualcomm Inc for taking advantage of its dominance when it paid Apple Inc to use its chips exclusively in Apple mobile devices, The Financial Times reported on Tuesday. More »


Self-driving car experts offer online degree in 'flying cars'

(Reuters) - Self-driving car pioneer Sebastian Thrun has shifted his gaze to the skies, as his Silicon Valley online school Udacity launches what it calls the first "nanodegree" in flying car engineering. More »


Google gets into audiobooks as rivalry with Amazon heats up

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Alphabet Inc's Google introduced audiobooks to its online store on Tuesday, making its smart speakers and virtual assistant more competitive with Inc's Echo devices and Alexa voice assistant. More »


Venezuela says 'petro' cryptocurrency pre-sale will be in hard currency

CARACAS (Reuters) - Venezuela's "petro" cryptocurrency will initially be offered in a pre-sale in hard currency and other cryptocurrencies, the government said on Tuesday, and not initially available in the country's collapsing bolivar currency. More »


Facebook to hand privacy controls to users ahead of EU law

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Facebook will make it easier for its more than 2 billion users to manage their own data in response to a tough new European Union law that comes into force in May, the social network's Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg said. More »


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