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October 25, 2008 | Ken Bensinger, Bensinger is a Times staff writer.
Struggling to raise money amid the financial crisis, electric carmaker Telsa Motors Inc. will eliminate nearly a quarter of its workforce in a bid for profitability. Chairman and Chief Executive Elon Musk said Friday that Tesla would cut as many as 87 staff and full-time contract workers, or 24% of the 363-person total. The company also will attempt to raise $25 million, rather than the $100 million it had been seeking. Last week, the Santa Rosa-based start-up said it would delay production of its electric sedan, close two offices, increase production of its $109,000 Roadster and lay off an unspecified number of employees.
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September 6, 2011 | By Jerry Hirsch, Los Angeles Times
An email war of words between tech entrepreneur Elon Musk of Tesla Motors Inc. and a prominent automotive journalist will turn into a $1-million payday for Doctors Without Borders, the international medical charity. Car reviewer Dan Neil of the Wall Street Journal and Musk have been trading oral and email barbs over whether Tesla will be able to bring out its Model S luxury electric sedan on schedule and at the claimed price. Musk is the chief executive of Palo Alto-based Tesla as well as Space Exploration Technologies Corp., the Hawthorne rocket company.
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January 6, 2004 | From Bloomberg News
EBay Inc., the world's largest Internet auctioneer, is raising the listing fees it charges sellers using its U.S. sites and is making changes to fee structures in 10 other countries to fund improvements. The U.S. fee increases will take effect in February and already are included in the company's 2004 sales forecast, said Hani Durzy, a spokesman for San Jose-based EBay. The increases will run as much as 45% for the highest-priced auction items. Most fees will rise by 9.1%.
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May 26, 2007 | John O'Dell, Times Staff Writer
You can feel the electricity. Tesla Motors Inc., manufacturer of an exotic electric roadster, will launch its brick-and-mortar retailing effort with a store on Santa Monica Boulevard near the 405 Freeway in November. And Environmental Motors, the newest dealer for Zap, importer of a three-wheeled, low-speed electric "city car" called the Xebra, just held a grand opening for its showroom at 134 S. Glendale Ave. in Glendale.
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January 24, 2011 | By W.J. Hennigan, Los Angeles Times
After becoming the first private company ever to blast a spacecraft into Earth orbit and have it return intact last month, Hawthorne rocket maker Space Exploration Technologies Corp. is pushing toward its next big step. The company known as SpaceX wants to be the first commercial firm to launch astronauts into outer space and has submitted a proposal to NASA. SpaceX wants in on the potentially multibillion-dollar job of ferrying astronauts to and from the International Space Station after the space shuttle is retired this year.
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August 28, 2010 | By Jessica Guynn, Los Angeles Times
Google Inc. is stockpiling technology and talent for what many believe will be a full-on assault against Silicon Valley rival Facebook Inc. As part of its campaign to build a social networking service to counter the explosive growth of Facebook, Google confirmed Friday that it had bought up Internet company Angstro and hired its co-founder Rohit Khare. Khare, a respected Internet researcher, is one of several new faces at Google charged with helping the Internet search giant compete for the eyeballs and dollars increasingly flowing to social networking.
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July 12, 2011 | By W.J. Hennigan, Los Angeles Times
A sprawling hangar to house the assembly of the world's most powerful rocket and a launchpad capable of handling the earthshaking blast is being developed northwest of Santa Barbara at Vandenberg Air Force Base. Hawthorne-based rocket venture SpaceX said it was investing $30 million at the base's Space Launch Complex 4-East for its upcoming 22-story Falcon Heavy rocket. The company, formally known as Space Exploration Technologies Corp., hopes to use the launchpad for the first time at the end of next year in a demonstration flight of the 27-engine rocket for the U.S. government.
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March 8, 2010 | By W.J. Hennigan
A new rocket 18 stories tall and waiting to be launched from a pad in Cape Canaveral, Fla., could determine the fate of a private aerospace venture in Hawthorne -- and even possibly NASA's space program. The Falcon 9 booster, developed by Space Exploration Technologies Corp., is going through final preparations for its maiden test flight and could blast off as early as next month. The rocket is a major contender to assume NASA's responsibilities in hauling astronauts and cargo to the International Space Station in the wake of President Obama's budget proposal to outsource space travel to private businesses.
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July 20, 2011 | By Salvador Rodriguez, Los Angeles Times
In what it said was the largest sweep of Internet "hactivists" in the U.S., the FBI arrested 14 alleged members of hacker group Anonymous, which last fall took responsibility for knocking out the websites of several large companies. The 14 people arrested, including two from Southern California, may be the first alleged members of Anonymous to be arrested by the FBI, said a law enforcement official not authorized to speak on the matter. The raids may also mark the first time that federal agents arrested individuals for cyber crimes that may have been committed as a form of political protest.
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