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Elon Musk doesn’t think Google will compete with Tesla — but Apple could

musk2 Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk is watching the competition closely — including electric cars from existing manufacturers, and of course, potentially Apple. But he said at Vox Media’s Code Conference that he doesn’t view Google as a potential competitor.
More clearly, he views that companies that might choose to work with Google as direct competitors to Tesla Motors. Read More

Elon Musk wants people on Mars by 2025

elon musk code confere One can never underestimate the ambition of SpaceX and Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk. After making a bold adjustment to Tesla Motors’ outlook, saying the company could produce 500,000 cars annually by 2018, Musk now says that he says SpaceX may be able to have people on Mars by 2025. More specifically, he expects to launch a manned mission to Mars in 2024, which would arrive in 2025. He… Read More

Thread, the U.K. personal styling service for men, picks out £4M funding led by Beringea

 Thread, the U.K. personal styling service for men that uses a mixture of algorithms and humans to help solve the online clothes shopping problem, has raised a further round of funding. Read More

Social Nature raises $1M to promote natural products with influencer marketing

Annalea Krebs We write about a lot of influencer marketing companies at TechCrunch, but Social Nature has a unique focus — natural products. The company is announcing it has raised $1 million in seed funding from investors, including Shopify co-founder Scott Lake, the Pereira/Wharton family, the founders of Pomme Natural Markets and Simon Whitfield (the Olympic triathlete) and Brenda Irwin of… Read More

Tubular Labs raises $10 million to measure online videos across social platforms

Tubular Labs cofounders Allison Stern, Rob Gabel and VP of Engineering David Koblas. Just how popular was that video of the mom laughing in her Chewbacca mask? And how did that video stack up against the mermaid pillow one that went viral in January? Are videos published by Last Week Tonight watched more or shared more than videos published by The Late Show with Stephen Colbert? Mountain View, Calif.-based Tubular Labs Inc. is using big data analytics to figure out such… Read More

The best Meeker 2016 Internet Trends slides and what they mean

unspecified This is the gospel according to Mary Meeker, a living legend amongst venture capitalists. Instead of just blindly clicking through her 200+ page 2016 Internet Trends report, here we’ve picked the most important graphs and stats, and explained what they actually mean for people who work in tech. You can also read the full report here. Read More