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Silicon eyed as way to boost electric car battery potential

(Reuters) - The race to build a better electric car battery is turning to silicon, with several companies working to engineer types of the material that can boost driving range and cut production costs. Read More


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Facebook defends Russia response, updates plan to curb misbehavior

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Facebook Inc Chairman and Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg on Thursday defended his response to Russian election meddling on the world's largest social media network and issued a new plan aimed at stifling misbehavior while maintaining a vibrant hub for online speech. More »


Tesla slashes prices on home solar systems to spur sales

(Reuters) - Tesla Inc has cut prices on its residential solar systems by as much as 25 percent in a bid to lift lagging sales after the company streamlined its sales and marketing organization, a company official told Reuters on Thursday. More »


SpaceX, TeleSat Canada bids get U.S. nod to expand satellite internet

WASHINGTON (Reuters - The U.S. Federal Communications Commission voted unanimously on Thursday to allow Tesla Inc Chief Executive Elon Musk's Space X, Telesat Canada [PSPENC.UL] and two other companies to roll out new satellite-based broadband services. More »


U.S. senator to query Facebook about report on treatment of critics

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A Democratic U.S. senator said on Thursday she will ask Facebook Inc and the Justice Department about a media report that the company hired an outside firm to attack critics, warning that such action could raise campaign finance issues. More »


A slew of electric truck plans may deliver the goods for China's EV ambitions

BEIJING (Reuters) - Having just broken ground for a new factory in the southern Chinese province of Hunan, the head of electric car startup Singulato Motors has grand plans: build up to 50,000 electric vans per year and ride the crest of a wave for e-truck demand in China. More »


'Crypto hangover' hammers Nvidia's outlook, shares drop 17 percent

(Reuters) - Chip designer Nvidia Corp on Thursday forecast disappointing sales for the holiday quarter, pinning the blame on unsold chips piling up with distributors and retailers after the evaporation of the cryptocurrency mining boom. More »


Dell sweetens tracking stock offer, Icahn drops opposition

(Reuters) - Dell Technologies on Thursday raised its offer to buy back shares tied to its interest in software maker VMware to $23.9 billion from $21.7 billion, prompting billionaire investor Carl Icahn to abandon his campaign to scupper the deal. More »


Ex-Bosch engineers aim to strengthen self-driving car software

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - A company formed by two longtime self-driving car engineers is seeking to make the open-source software that powers many experimental self-driving cars safe and reliable enough to be used in commercially available vehicles. More »


Tesla to deliver new Model 3 orders by year end

(Reuters) - Tesla Inc Chief Executive Officer Elon Musk said on Thursday that Model 3s ordered in the United States by the end of this month will be delivered by Dec. 31, as the electric carmaker tries to take advantage of tax breaks. More »


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