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August 12, 2013 | By Jon Healey
It's easy for Californians to get breathless about Elon Musk's futuristic Hyperloop, considering how much bad news they've gotten about the high-speed rail line they voted for in 2008. So when Musk revealed details of his idea Monday afternoon in a blog post , Golden Staters could be forgiven for wishing they could have a do-over on that ballot initiative. But regardless of its superior coolness factor, Musk's idea faces some of the same hurdles that have been so problematic for the train project -- plus a few unique ones.
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AUTOS
April 1, 2013 | By Ronald D. White, This post has been updated. Please see below for details.
Tesla sales of its Model S electric sedan have exceeded the target that the Palo Alto-based automaker set in February, giving it enough of a boost to claim its first quarterly profit. Tesla has sold 4,750 Model S cars or about 250 more than the February target. The better than expected sales allowed Tesla to predict "full profitability" in an amendment to its guidance for first-quarter performance. After Tesla had reported a loss of $75 million in the fourth quarter, observers had expressed concerns about the automaker's ability to quickly churn out enough electric vehicles to sustain it in the long term.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 15, 2013 | By Joe Flint
Satellite broadcaster Dish Network Corp. has made a $25.5-billion bid for Sprint Nextel Corp. If consummated, the deal would combine one of the nation's biggest pay-TV providers with the third-largest wireless communications company. The unsolicited Dish offer, which was announced Monday morning, is aimed at derailing Sprint's plans to merge with Japan's SoftBank Corp, a proposed deal valued at $20 billion. The Dish offer is made up of $17.3 billion in cash and $8.2 billion in Dish stock.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 4, 2008 | David Pierson
Teams were searching the central Pacific Ocean for the remnants of a low-cost rocket created by PayPal co-founder Elon Musk that malfunctioned soon after liftoff Saturday, a company spokeswoman said. Two minutes after liftoff, the first of the rocket's two engines failed to detach from the rest of the projectile. The split was necessary to launch the second engine into orbit, Diane Murphy said. The launch took place at United States military facilities on Omelek Island, about 2,500 miles southwest of Hawaii.
BUSINESS
February 17, 2010 | Bloomberg News
Elon Musk, chief executive of Tesla Motors Co., said a plane crash in Silicon Valley killed company officials. Details about the accident and names of the victims were not released. "We're working to confirm the identities and inform the families," Musk said. For Tesla, the accident comes as the San Carlos-based automaker prepares to sell shares to the public and announce the location of its U.S. assembly site to make battery-powered cars. Tesla received about $465 million in federal loans last year to expand production of vehicles and battery packs.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 24, 2013 | By Joseph Serna
The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority has formally acknowledged the completion of the widening of the Sepulveda Pass on the 405 Freeway will be delayed at least 13 months. Projected date for completion is now mid-2014. A variety of problems caused the delay -- notably the requirement to move dozens of utility lines under Sepulveda Boulevard. Join us at 9 a.m. as we discuss the project and its latest delays with Times reporter Martha Groves. Elon Musk, the entrepreneur behind PayPal and Tesla electric vehicles, jokes he can shoot one of his SpaceX rockets into space way faster than he can commute on the 405 Freeway from Bel-Air to the Hawthorne factory where those rockets are made.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 25, 2013 | By Ari Bloomekatz
Police shot a man in Garden Grove on Thursday night after he tried to run down officers with his vehicle, authorities said. Lt. Jeff Nightengale of the Garden Grove Police Department said the incident began about 8:15 p.m. when some undercover officers stationed near Beach and Garden Grove boulevards became worried about a driver who pulled up near them and was acting suspiciously. The undercover officers called for a marked police car to check out the situation because they feared the man driving the car would interfere with their surveillance, Nightengale said.
AUTOS
August 21, 2013 | By Brian Thevenot
Now that Tesla Motors has turned a profit , and its Model S electric car has scored the top federal safety rating and the top Consumer Reports rating , what's left for the upstart Palo Alto automaker? Plenty. What Tesla has accomplished is remarkable, and it appears on track to become the first successful automotive start-up in a century. Investors certainly think so, having pushed the stock up 323% this year. Top 10 cheapest cars that get 35 mpg But whether the bullish bet pays off in the long term will depend on whether Tesla can break out of its niche of selling government-supported cars to rich people.
OPINION
March 17, 2014 | By Michael Shermer
The New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission last week voted to prohibit Tesla from selling its electric vehicles directly to consumers, a decision endorsed by the New Jersey Coalition of Automotive Retailers and Gov. Chris Christie. New Jersey is the third state, after Texas and Arizona, to block Tesla from direct sales, all under the guise of protecting consumers. Some free market. Of course, auto dealers prefer an arrangement in which they have exclusive rights to sell a certain manufacturer's product.
BUSINESS
December 3, 2013 | By Michael Hiltzik
Amazon.com founder Jeff Bezos staged a technology demonstration over the weekend, aiming to show how quickly a half-baked idea with several years of obstacles ahead of it could garner fawning attention from the news media. Answer: about two nanoseconds. The idea is for the delivery of Amazon orders by little unmanned copters, or drones. Bezos calls it "Amazon Prime Air. " The judges are still conferring, but Bezos is expected to have lowered the previous record, set by Elon Musk of Tesla Motors in August with his proposal for a "hyperloop" rapid transit system between Northern and Southern California.  Hyperloop enthralled techno-fans and not a few credible transportation experts before fading out of public consciousness, a few days after flaring into press.
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