Thu.Mar 14, 2019

Tesla Model Y orders are now open

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Customers can already place an order for the Tesla Model Y, a mid-sized crossover SUV that won’t go into production until 2020. Tesla requires a $2,500 deposit to complete the order for the all-electric vehicle, according to information posted on its website.

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How to watch Elon Musk unveil the Tesla Model Y

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Tesla is scheduled to reveal the Model Y — the next electric vehicle in the electric automaker’s lineup — tonight at an event in Los Angeles after, not months, but years of teasers and hints from CEO Elon Musk. Tesla will live stream the Model Y unveiling event at 8 pm PT via its website.

SaneBox Connects Into Ingram Micro's Cloud Marketplace


Los Angeles-based email software developer SaneBox , which develops artificial intelligence software that helps people prioritize and sort their emails, is now available on the cloud marketplace run by technology distributor Ingram Micro. According to SaneBox, the move will make it easier for its channel partners to sell the SaneBox AI and productivity products alongside other software-as-a-service applications.

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Bird Cuts Five Percent Of Staff, Says Report


Santa Monica-based scooter rental service Bird has laid off approximately 5% of its full-time staff, according to a report on Thursday, in what has been attributed to an effort to "contain costs". The report said 40 people were laid off. The move follows similar cuts over at the scooter department of Lyft, which laid off approximately 50 people in its bicycle and scooter operations, just ahead of an expected IPO filing.

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Heal: Survey Shows Higher Patient Satisfaction, Better Results From House Calls


Los Angeles-based Heal , which operates a mobile app driven, in-person, "house call" service which lets users schedule in person doctor's visits at their home or work, says it is seeing higher satisfaction, cost savings, and "significant" time savings from its patients. The company said it ran a "first-time patient" user survey was run after having delivered more than 110,000 house calls since February of 2015.

Harley-Davidson Goes Electric: Behind the Scenes of LiveWire’s R&D


For more than a century, the throaty “potato, potato, potato” rumble of a Harley-Davidson motorcycle has been synonymous with the open road, freedom—rebellion, even—and, some might say, American masculinity. For non-gearheads, that iconic sound, introduced in 1909 , is the result of Harley-Davidson’s (NYSE: HOG ) traditional engine configuration, a V-twin with a 45-degree angle between the cylinders and a single crankshaft pin that connects to the two pistons.

Faraday Future Looks To Dump Vegas Factory Site


Troubled Los Angeles-based electric car maker Faraday Future is looking to sell its idle Las Vegas factory site, hoping to get $40M for the property, according to a listing from a property broker. The electric car maker--which has been struggling to find funding to restart operations, has a raft of lawsuits over unpaid bills , and which has been in a legal battle with its biggest investor--had abandoned its Las Vegas factory plans back in 2017.

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Western Digital Rolls Out New NVMe SSD


Western Digital , the mass storage products developer which has a significant presence in Irvine, said this morning that it has rolled out a new, NVMe version of its solid state disk drives (SSDs). According to Western Digital, it has added an NVMe model to its WD Blue solid state disk drive line, which gives them three times the performance of its SATA versions.

Backstage Capital Launches New Startup Accelerator In LA


West Hollywood-based Backstage Capital , a venture capital investor which focuses on minorities--including women, People of Color, and LGBT founders, said recently that it has launched the Backstage Accelerator , a three month, startup accelerator which will provide in-person resources and support to its portfolio of companies. According to the investment firm, its accelerator--which will run in Los Angeles, Detroit, London, and Philadelphia--initially includes 25 companies.

Report: Jam City's Harry Potter Game Reaches $110M In Spending


A new report, from market analysis firm Sensor Tower, says that Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery , the Harry Potter-themed mobile game developed by Los Angeles-based JamCity , has now collected $110M in player spending, in less than a year. The report says that the title is now Jam City's most lucrative title, representing 30 percent of its revenues across the App Store and Google Play.

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