Larry Ellison, one of Steve Jobs’ best friends, is joining Tesla’s board

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Larry Ellison is the ultra-successful founder of Oracle.
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Oracle CEO Larry Ellison, the close friend of Steve Jobs who Jobs’ kids called “our rich friend,” has joined Tesla as a member of its board.

Ellison was the first person Jobs sought to join Apple’s board of directors after Jobs resumed control of Apple in the 1990s. He stayed until the early 2000s. Interestingly, in recent years Tesla and Apple have been considered rivals more often due to both of their work in building tech-heavy car projects.

Elon Musk says Apple doesn’t ‘blow people’s minds’ anymore

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Musk says he still uses an iPhone, but doesn't think Apple is putting a dent in the universe these days.
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Elon Musk doesn’t think that Apple products “blow people’s minds” in the same way that they did at one point in time.

The Tesla and SpaceX CEO briefly shared his thoughts on the company during an hour-long interview with Recode‘s Kara Swisher. While Musk noted that he still uses an iPhone, he also gave the impression that he views Apple as a company whose most exciting days may not be ahead of it.

Kanye surprises Apple store with bizarre tabletop ‘keynote’

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Kanye West's new album Ye drops today on Apple Music (and elsewhere).
Ye, Ima let you finish, but Steve Jobs was the greatest keynote speaker of all-time.
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Customers at the Apple store in Washington D.C. we’re taken by surprise this afternoon by an impromptu keynote hosted by Kanye West.

After telling Trump this morning that Apple should make the president an iPlane, West apparently went to a nearby Apple store and asked if he could hold a keynote on top of iPhone and iPad display tables.

The entire scene looks amazingly bizarre:

Tesla blames lack of cash on employee exodus to Apple

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The Tesla Model 3 in all its glory.
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Apple has hired away numerous Tesla employees since the end of last year — and not just to work on its Apple Car efforts, either.

According to LinkedIn data, 46 former Tesla employees have joined Apple since late 2017: either leaving the company directly for Apple, or being dismissed and then joining. These include manufacturing experts, security and software engineers, supply chain authorities, and more. And Tesla has an official statement to make about it.

Caviar’s solar-powered iPhone X Tesla costs a paltry $4,600

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The iPhone X Tesla is solar powered, with gold trim. Each is hand delivered to its buyer.
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Russian luxury brand Caviar just launched the iPhone X Tesla, a solar-powered version of Apple’s flagship device. Parts are gilded in gold, and the whole deal costs 284,000 ₽ ($4600) for a 64GB version.

It’s a device any Russian oligarch would be proud to own.

Tim Cook cracks top 3 of Vanity Fair’s ‘New Establishment’ list

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Tim Cook at the iPhone 8 keynote.
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Apple CEO Tim Cook ranks as one of the three most influential personalities in the world, according to Vanity Fair.

The fashion magazine published its annual “New Establishment” list today. While the top two spots did not change from last year’s rankings, Cook made a big leap from his No. 11 position in 2016 into the top 3.

Tesla wants to create an Apple Music rival for its cars

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Elon Musk wants his cars to come with their own streaming music service.
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Tesla is considering launching its own streaming music service, and it’s already in talks with players in the music industry about doing so.

According to a new report, Tesla has held conversations with all the major music labels about launching its service — which would come bundled with its cars, as opposed to being a standalone service like Apple Music.