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On Nikola Tesla's birthday, Elon Musk gives quite a gift

Happy 158th birthday, Nikola Tesla! To celebrate, Elon Musk agrees to give a chunk of money and a Tesla Supercharging station to the Nikola Tesla Museum.

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Elon Musk: I'm afraid of the Terminator

The Tesla CEO echoes the words earlier this week of Stephen Hawking, and says he invests in AI so he can keep an eye on it.

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Tesla Motors offers all its patents for good faith use

In order to boost the electric car industry, Tesla CEO Elon Musk vowed that the company would not sue when other companies use its patents.

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Tesla is building a network of fast charging stations only usable by the Model S.

Tesla's Musk hints at open-sourcing electric car tech

In shareholder conference comments and while talking to a BBC reporter, Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk hints at opening up electric car technology to competitors.

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Tesla's first supercharger station in Beijing now operational

Despite early stumbling blocks for its launch in China, Tesla is on the rebound as it rolls out solar-powered supercharger stations across the country, including one in Beijing and two in Shanghai.

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Japan putting 'full weight' of government behind fuel-cell vehicles

The Japanese government is getting behind fuel-cell vehicles in a big way. This follows recent comments from a Toyota executive that battery-powered cars are not the future of long-range alternative fuel cars.

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Tesla tops Toyota as largest auto employer in California

Electric car maker continues to expand operations in the state, marking the return of a US automaker, following the shuttering of plants by GM, Ford, and Chrysler.

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The 404 1,486: Where we enlist citizen superheroes (podcast)

An app that enlists the help of CPR-certified citizens to help in local emergencies, proof that the Supreme Court knows squat about technology, the Tesla museum will soon become reality, what we can learn from putting an Oculus Rift on a chicken, and more!

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The 404 1,484: Where we fly like a bird (podcast)

Flying like a bird with the Birdly Oculus Rift simulator, permanently replacing side-view mirrors with digital cameras, sunglasses with "real world Instagram filter" lenses, and a price drop on the Xbox One, now offered without Kinect!

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New battery tech may lead to inexpensive, safer electric cars

Power Japan Plus announced its dual carbon battery technology, which promises longer-lasting and less expensive batteries for electric cars.

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The electric i3 is a departure from BMW's sports reputation in the US, but could spell an important future direction for the brand. The i3 was designed from the ground up to be an electric car, rather than a conversion of a gasoline model, but its average 100-mile range on a full charge doesn't help it stick out from other electric cars on the market.
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Do the BMW i3 and i8 electric cars pose a threat to Tesla?

A report on Barron's looks at BMW's long-term commitment to electric vehicles and suggests it represents a market threat to Tesla Motors.

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Tesla earnings beat the street, but shares tumble after hours

Electric carmaker reports $17 million in earnings and nearly 6,500 Model S deliveries, but that wasn't enough to satisfy investors.

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