Elon’s Tweets, Venmo Replace, Cybertruck Facial Recognition

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1. The SEC has rapped Tesla, saying CEO Elon Musk’s tweets violated its rules. A court settlement requires Musk’s tweets to go through Tesla’s lawyers. More on the SEC’s irritation here.

2. Mark Zuckerberg was spotted surfing while wearing a bracelet that claims to fend off sharks. The $84 device — also seen on Barack Obama — is designed to keep sharks at bay by emitting an electromagnetic current. See footage of Zuckerberg surfing with the bracelet. 

3. Do you work remotely? If so, some towns will pay you up to $20,000 just to move there. Savannah, Georgia, is one of the cities offering an incentive — it’s giving remote workers in tech $2,000 toward moving expenses. We rounded up 13 other places that will pay you to relocate.

4. Venmo has added new privacy options. The new privacy features were prompted after reporters found President Joe Biden’s account within minutes. Here’s what changed.

5. A Texas startup is building a hypersonic plane that could get you from LA to Tokyo in an hour. Venus Aerospace is developing a Mach 12 plane that, at top speed, would be moving about 12 times the speed of sound. Get the full rundown.

6. Elon Musk said SpaceX’s offshore launch platform could be ready for launch next year. Called “Deimos,” the under-construction platform is set to be used for the SpaceX Starship rockets. See his tweet here.

7. Tesla’s Cybertruck could use facial recognition to adjust climate controls, mirrors, and more. The truck may be able to determine who is driving and pull up the appropriate driver profile and preferences, according to patent applications. More on that here. 

8. Employees say Google made it nearly impossible for users to keep their location private. Unredacted documents in a lawsuit against Google show that it continued collecting location data even when users turned off location-sharing settings, and made privacy settings harder to find. Here’s what else you need to know.

9. Amazon lost another high-profile executive. Larry Augustin, Amazon Web Services’s VP of applications, has left the company after just two years. How that will affect AWS’ expansion into the business applications and open-source software space.

10. Real-estate magnate Kent Swig’s cryptocurrency has a questionable partner. Swig says his currency is backed by $6 billion in gold buried near Las Vegas — and Insider found that one of his key partners is a mining firm that’s being targeted by Nevada state regulators. Inside his wild quest to make his own cryptocurrency.


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