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"tim higgins" Discussed on WTOP

WTOP

04:09 min | 3 weeks ago

"tim higgins" Discussed on WTOP

"Putting Elon Musk at the center of the cultural zeitgeist Look all of this talk about free speech That's nonsense Must doesn't like quote unquote free speech anymore than billionaires do He's fired lots of people for doing the same thing he advocates Musk has been outspoken about the platform not living up to its potential when it comes to free speech cnets Ian sure The big question mark now is how Twitter is going to change Elon Musk has made it clear that he doesn't agree with the moderation strategies that Twitter follows and he also doesn't like how secretive it is particularly around its computer programs that pick which tweets we see when we're logged into the service Wall Street stopped trading Twitter stock shortly after news of the deal CBS News special report I'm Monica ricks And in a few minutes we'll talk to Tim Higgins of The Wall Street Journal who recently wrote a book on Elon Musk Three 33 and now to Ukraine several explosions believed to be caused by rocket propelled grenades hit a government building in the Transnistria region today National security correspondent JJ green is on top of this He joins us live with the latest JJ That's right Sean there was a series of explosions that took place in an enclave in Transnistria of Russian separatist This is in between Moldova and Ukraine They occurred around 5 45 p.m. on the premises of Russia's FSB and the ministry of state security the building was damaged windows were knocked out And why it may seem like a very small unrelated thing it's not It's a really big deal because it turns out this was likely according to Ukrainian officials the staged attack carried out by Russia to stoke anti Ukrainian sentiments and draw transnistrian forces into Russia's war with Ukraine Moldovan officials have said they're holding an emergency meeting of its National Security Council to deal with this and it is a very significant development for them reporting live JJ green WTO news So JJ Transnistria is officially still part of Moldova which raises the issue that people have been worried about is a Russian invasion on Moldova What's going on here and is that what Russia has planned Well Russia's in dire need of reinforcements and it's trying to get them from anywhere they can And there is I'm told other practical reasons there are other practical reasons why this provocation took place They are trying to discourage Russia is Moldova from funneling western weapons from Romania into Ukraine That's one of the reasons I'm told Another concern is that Transnistria is it could be a base for Russia that they could use against western and southern Ukraine Places like Odessa This is a lever Russia has had but not used Ukraine's Ministry of Defense told me that they've been waiting for this and they are prepared for it but is a very significant and serious situation here because this is clearly a part of Russia's overall plan to essentially create this land bridge and connect all the way down the eastern and southern parts of Ukraine and into Moldova So we'll have to wait and see what happens next from Moldova and Ukraine All right JJ thanks You're welcome WTO's JJ green in other news this afternoon a New York judge has found former president Trump in contempt of court for failing to fully respond to a subpoena by the state's attorney general New York AG letitia James who's a Democrat is leading a civil investigation into the former president's business dealings Of course mister Trump who's a Republican has been fighting James in court over her investigation He has called it a politically motivated witch hunt James had asked the court to hold Trump in contempt after he missed a March 31st court imposed deadline to turn over documents The judge today ordered Trump to pay a fine of $10,000 a day There's been no comment from Trump or his representatives Keep it here on WTO P we're going to take a look at traffic and weather next and there has been a lot of traffic out there Dave dildine will fill you in and then also as we've been telling you Twitter will soon have a new owner We will get into the details on the deal between Elon Musk and Twitter with The Wall Street Journal's Tim Higgins Stick around it is three 36 When you're.

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"tim higgins" Discussed on Business Wars

Business Wars

02:04 min | Last month

"tim higgins" Discussed on Business Wars

"From wondering this is episode three of Tesla versus Detroit for business wars. A quick note about recreations you've been hearing in most cases, we can't know exactly what was said. Those scenes are dramatizations, but they're based on historical research. Among our sources were power play by Tim Higgins, and Elon Musk, Tesla, SpaceX, and the quest for a fantastic future by Ashley Vance. I'm your host David Brown, Peter gilstrap wrote this story. Voice acting by Steven fu and Michelle philippi. Karen Lowe is our senior producer and editor, edited and produced by Emily frost, sound designed by Kyle Randall. Our producer is Dave Schilling. Our executive producers are Jenny Lauer beckman and Marshall Louis created by hernan Lopez for wondering..

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"tim higgins" Discussed on WTOP

WTOP

02:50 min | Last month

"tim higgins" Discussed on WTOP

"Of Tesla and SpaceX announced this week a bid to take over Twitter entirely And in a filing with the SEC must have said he did not have confidence right now in Twitter's management This morning we turned to Tim Higgins to check reporter for The Wall Street Journal at author of the book power play which traces the rise of Elon Musk and Tesla with his take this morning So it's class Elon Musk He sees something and he wants to change it and make it better in his mind Whether it's trying to go to space or change the world from gas powered cars to electric vehicles he's got really big ambitions and goals And now that he's the world's richest man he has a pocketbook that allows him to try to do something more And that's what we're seeing here He's trying to influence how Twitter operates Well why does he have so many issues with Twitter He's framing this deal not as an investment to make money but rather to ensure that Twitter can serve as a town square for speech So this is being cast as a fight for ensuring free speech And he has grown concerned in recent months among efforts among all the social media companies to moderate content that seem as dangerous perhaps fighting efforts to take away speech regarding COVID that some see as mischaracterized misinformation And this worries him He wants stuff on Twitter that makes him mad And he thinks that is what free speech is about So what kind of a position does this put Twitter in right now And then kind of by extension when you look at all of the social media companies and how big they are are they vulnerable to just one person taking them over and having actually a lot of power Well Facebook is not because of the way it's structured but Twitter's board has their back against the wall It became clear to Elon that the management there did not want to take his vision for the company to not want to go that path and so he is now saying that the management He doesn't have confidence in it And in part because it's easy to understand why they might have been dismissive In some ways a suggesting that the company turn its business model on its head it makes almost all of its revenue through advertising He says that puts the company at risk for being swayed by companies and their views He is a suggested more of a subscription model And to do that in the public market that could be a very expensive and bloody transition And for publicly traded company investors would be looking at that and be worried about that So as a privately held company he could do whatever he wanted As long as he was okay with losing money Do you bet that Elon Musk will eventually own all of Twitter I bet that the next few days are going to be dramatic but probably the business story of the year From the tech world that's Tim Higgins a Czech reporter for The Wall Street Journal talking there with Sean and Hillary.

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"tim higgins" Discussed on WTOP

WTOP

01:45 min | Last month

"tim higgins" Discussed on WTOP

"Jury and Alexandria has convicted a British national for his role in Islamic State hostage taking scheme The jury deliberated for four hours before finding Al shafi Al Sheik I'm sorry el Sheik guilty on all counts Jurors concluded he was one of the so called Beatles That was a nickname given to the Islamic State captors for their accents El Sheik could be sentenced to life in prison Roughly two dozen westerners were taken captive by the group and four Americans were killed Knew this afternoon the Republican National Committee has voted unanimously in favor of withdrawing from the commission on presidential debates in a statement RNC chairwoman ronna mcdaniel calls the commission biased and says that the RNC is going to find a new debate platform for Republican candidates for nearly a decade the Republican Party is complained that nonprofit and nonpartisan debate commission has favored Democrats this according to The New York Times Last year mcdaniel said that the RNC would tell Republican candidates not to take part in debates hosted by the commission unless significant reforms were made Twitter could soon have a new owner and it might be the richest man in the world Elon Musk has made a $43 billion offer to purchase the social media platform Tim Higgins is a tech reporter for The Wall Street Journal He joined us earlier this hour to talk about why Musk is trying to take over the platform He's framing this deal not as an investment to make money but rather to ensure that Twitter can serve as a town square for speech So this is being cast as a fight for ensuring free speech The offer comes just a couple of weeks after Musk became the company's shareholder when he bought a 9% stake.

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"tim higgins" Discussed on The Small Business Radio Show

The Small Business Radio Show

05:20 min | 8 months ago

"tim higgins" Discussed on The Small Business Radio Show

"L. a. s. t. i. q. Well for a lot of entrepreneurs people like elon. Musk are their hero. They bucked the trends and can be brash against the establishment. But what does he must really like. And how did he successfully built tesla. My next guest tim higgins who's a journalist and author. He writes about apple tesla. Other tech companies for the wall street journal and it appears often on cnbc contributor. His first book is called power. Play tesla elon. Musk and the bet of the century. Tim welcome to the show. We'll thank you. It's an honor so you have a lot of people that admire folks like elon. Musk and steve jobs. But then you hear not so nice to worries about them where elon..

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"tim higgins" Discussed on Rock N Roll Archaeology

Rock N Roll Archaeology

04:17 min | 8 months ago

"tim higgins" Discussed on Rock N Roll Archaeology

"You guys are everywhere and she said oh we said yesterday everything back and i took that to heart to maybe things i shouldn't have also and and i had to have that realization after you now a stint That was like every day is not a party which i thought was hilarious and the songs are poured out and one thing in my head. I wanted to write this. Sorta punk rock doo-wop thing that jesse can sing with me. All of those darlan's unfortunately passed away before she could but we got the amazing eljay from belmont in the sleaze. If you don't know the best rock and roll band nashville used to check it out. And so sure. Lg is doing that wild loose cannon on there. The first time. I sang that song and new orleans i said. And here's my next song. Everyday is not a part in everybody and then i finished it and i got a lot of knowing nods from everybody in the city that never sleeps. I don't my god. It's very bold thing to say stick. Yeah a bumper sticker. Put it on your fridge. I used to sell his cards. You know you could put it on your fridge. remind yourself on tuesday. Martin user probably join a gym. Which i keep meaning to. Do you know you can always wait and do it when everyone else does it right. After new years. I many times on paid for these things and never shown up. That's the that's the goal. That's their business. Model the other land for living in the deep south is. There's about nine months of the year. You're just wedding. And you're just sitting there and i feel like that's you know exerting enough you know exercise. No i've been done. That's i've been down here this summer and it has been exactly that and may is the south of something else Tim i really appreciate you taking some time with me. I'm a big fan. I'm hoping that we can put this in the few few more people's ears and keep writing. Keep doing what you're doing and thank you and hopefully if you get this next album out we'll have you back. I'll send you a copy. I thank you so much for having spent a lot of fun. Thank you so much to tim for coming on the show especially on such short notice was truly incredible to watch this come together and i'm very grateful that he was able to do it. Go check out the entire album. I am so in love with this guy's voice and as always guys for the stories behind the songs go to song fax dot com and have yourself in lovely lovely day. You've got the latest jam. Queued up the sound system cranked. But you're missing that extra element. Take it all the way to eleven. Listening to music is only half the journey our senses mingled to create unforgettable on the atwood magazine. Podcast tunes and tumblers. We dive headfirst into that concept by pairing new and classic albums with original craft cocktail recipes. We might listeners. To bring out their inter mixologist. As we explore the music we love from a unique immersive and thoroughly delicious perspective. My name is anthony. I host tunes and tumblers alongside my invaluable crew pager. Your mixologist and ryan your music connoisseur. Over the past three years we've spoken to artists across the spectrum in toasted their music with cocktails. You won't find any bar menu. Rappers open mike eagle and how the nomad indie pop superstars the aces and tessa violet. Talented multi instrumentalists known bay and tau win of town. The get down stay down. Have all taken the hot seat. I roster gets bigger and better with each episode and like every good conversation it gets deeper with every round. Join us on this intoxicating journey through the records. We love raising a glass to each wherever you get your podcasts. And don't forget to drink. Responsibly cheers cheers..

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"tim higgins" Discussed on Rock N Roll Archaeology

Rock N Roll Archaeology

05:06 min | 8 months ago

"tim higgins" Discussed on Rock N Roll Archaeology

"This stardust. That i'll be happening. I have you been able to perform any of these songs with with a live band. I did so. I was I got about a week. And a half of album released touring before the world shutdown. I bet that just took it. Adia ten i mean. It's a terrible way to celebrate under But it was sort of. It is such a different experience. And i can. I'm sure that you'll talk to a lot of song. Writers who are are used to just being alone in their room for the most part with their guitar and then all of a sudden when you have to like flex this bill new muscle of listening to other people and communicating. What you hear in your head elliott assume everybody else does is very different from recording. I think i probably enjoy the process of recording. More than performing. Do you think it is about that. Do you think you're really detail oriented. And that's why i think so. And i like the. There's you know there's something nice about catching lightning jar and then having that forever preserved the out of record and just sorta like listening and It's so different. And it's so much fun just gathering people that can all be on the same stage together so actually. I've started a new record already. We turned hatha my house of do a recording studio in may for a couple of weeks and Some friends came down from nashville and some local people played on it and today there were actually cutting keys. Would ben element out in la Who played on the new mattias album which is also really great. Okay it's all day. I've just been checking. my email. Tally do is check. Email is check my email and listen to the things. Ooh that sounded good. Try this try. That's amazing so just do a little key. Run recorded it off yet. That gets the green light more of that. Do some more. And that's kind of how that process goes. That's such a fascinating thing. It didn't What was that band. That did that every they never got together personally. Postal service postal service. Was that one or the other project yet. And they kind of did it in the my space days when it wasn't as easy. Yeah well we were all all in the room for like the basic tracking. So we're given the ben who's playing keys you know a good feeling to run with when it's your songs. Do you have a You hear the other instruments as well or do you. Just let the people kind of do what they want. And then you're like that's it yet. I think Here based on recording. Playing live i think is totally different. Because you know. I think i perform live. I slowed things down a lot with the vans. You sort of want to get them to rock out a little bit. It's more fun to play with. Whereas when i'm alone on stage by myself i can look people in the eye and you know sorta start building Mood of that's a little bit different either that or may get real awkward just by focusing on the one person my goal typically is to get whoever's talking or not paying attention to really key as a fa most standpoint of someone performing. That's always. I think that's a good place to be all right. Well tim higgins. He's got this album blyth out and it sounds like we've got some more coming i am. I've got one more question and it is. Why can't every day be a party. And what does the message. You're trying to get across in this song. Because i'm a big fan of these lyrics. I listen to this one really closely. But i wanted to hear your kind of idea behind.

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"tim higgins" Discussed on Rock N Roll Archaeology

Rock N Roll Archaeology

07:36 min | 8 months ago

"tim higgins" Discussed on Rock N Roll Archaeology

"Of checking on it every now and again. Yeah and it's a i. I'm sure everybody knows detroit's a happening place. Now it's a booming city again in. It's so cool to see when we lived there. The lights went out at night and downtown was empty. And i don't have an hour. John we go back if i don't we moved to detroit but we've already been out-priced we'll stay. We've been those stay in the rural south as long as yeah and and you know what maybe maybe winter is now. Its track although i am about to make the move to colorado where i will be doing with winter but i'm happy to do with it if mountains to play that's true. Yeah yeah you're just the trade off okay. So let's circle back to some of these harmonies. Because this i think is there something just really beautiful about the way that i think your voice interacts with the harmonies on the album. And there's just this amazing contrast with this much lighter female harmony and i wondered. Did you feel that these songs needed. And i don't need to take offense to this question. I wanna make sure that. I phrase this correctly but i wanna just. Did you feel that these songs needed that softer part to them so that they wouldn't be too dark between both the lyrical content. And then you're on your own voice. Yes and i think of like beauty and the beast percents have sort of a lighter. Sound around me. That sorta can elevate things and i mean. It's been this way since. I first started writing songs. I always have thought about having that you know. And it's sort of a masculine feminine feminine quality to you know most of the people playing on the album or dudes and so in straight dude. So i wanted. I needed to lighten it up just a little bit you know get out of the bromance of at all and doing the background vocals on. This album is an amazing singer. Songwriter in nashville in ca- shawna armstrong Should listen to and she came into the studio use. The term studio loosely. Thank we were doing this. And my producers basement insulation all around us in east nashville the among the way to the airport. Three hours or something so she came in and we just and she just hammered out. I mean she's just a professional and she's amazing and then as luck would have it. We put out albums on the exact same day so sort of Were released state twins. Yeah you're doing this. Like nice little slow trickle. I think that what you recently just released. The third single bit is that right. Yeah and so. We sorta did film three music video so the first one actually came out thinking two thousand eighteen. The album came out in two thousand. Twenty and i think Yes in nineteen or twenty. I put out singles and I blew it and take me away film music videos down here in greensboro alabama and so great film crew that i mean this town so picturesque you can have a mansion next to You know a shotgun in ruins and then maybe a mansion ruins next door shock. Owner people are still living all kept up a beautiful so it's a really interesting place of juxtaposition that films. Well i think captures the songs pretty good too. Yeah and i mean. I think that one of my one of my best visions of being through alabama was very early morning like golden hour drive with just like that really soft late in the really just kind of thick humid air and just kind of someone who's kind of dove into film and photography in the last couple of years. That's something that has kind of stuck with me about about just like my remembrance of alabama. And i'm happy because i've spent a lot of time driving through alabama but i haven't spent a lot of time in alabama itself. It's a pretty haunted state. You know it's kind of tricky history. Yeah well you know. It's tricky country but That's funny. I was playing at upstate. New york and i was talking to a friend. I said i don't know. Feels everything sort of a site of a native american massacre. And then you know some other as they got into the really blood-soaked state and she said it's a really good so countries on yesterday actually when you zoom out it's but you see you just in the from season to season things you know landscapes disappear whether it be from kudzu or from Will now where i live. It's like catholic farm so it's just it just looks like you're on the great lakes ponds filled with a catfish. And then you know you have mountains when you have birmingham. It's just it's changing wildly all the time. Yeah you know. Driving along half the stake. Who is that. you're mostly listen to right now. Who's kind of your your current playlist of people while i've been reading Ricky jones memoir. So that's been on heavy. Repeat i guess a guy you're gonna ask for like her people rabbits listening to. You can name whoever you want because mine is constantly going between. I mean i'm on this crazy. Jason is bell. Kick right now. I just cannot get enough of that guy lyrically and vocally but You know i- i circle back and forth between old stuff in the one of the things. That was a driving force for me to do this. Podcast was continuing to discover new music. Because i think it's so easy to get caught in the inner weapons of your whatever algorithm whatever pointing you to and. I really didn't want to do that. So i wanted to be actively out there trying to find stuff. Some always curious what people are what they're listening to and especially someone who's a songwriter. Because whether or not we know it we're always influenced by what's going in our ears and what our senses are picking up. So that's why i always try to have. Yeah that's for sure you know it's funny with me. I get like locked in on something I was at a friend's house on. We're listening to that. Dina turner or tina turns country album. We were talking about how it's leading our used to. People used to listen to records. You know it's such a physical act of putting the record on the turntable and then you listened till it ends. There's no getting off and changing. Sometimes it stops behalf silence for a little bit some of those. I'll turn the music com. Yeah yeah and so. I don't think i've ever really gotten out of that. Even with streaming. I'm still an album focused person. And so i've been listening to a lot of the latest bob record Winter and Something about you know. And i've been deeply back into Leonard cohen and his especially his livestock. When i'm trying to remember how to hire supposed to perform live it's been so long. So man i imagine wasn't into leonard you know. Singing in london just reminds me of like. Oh this is how it's done. And i can. Have you know one little speck of dust of.

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"tim higgins" Discussed on Rock N Roll Archaeology

Rock N Roll Archaeology

06:39 min | 8 months ago

"tim higgins" Discussed on Rock N Roll Archaeology

"Is about my neighborhood. And a tuscaloosa where i lived and it was this little like two blocks of victorian houses of untouched. That was owned by a single family over the years they had bought up this right in the middle of downtown. I'm sure a lot of people can relate to this sort of like crumbling. Victorian house and Downtown atmosphere and i became pretty good friends with a family. They started letting me rented out to friends and so the whole neighborhood was just filled with people that i liked and so it. Was this really interesting community and it was. You know people eighty five two little kids living in a with a big shared backyard. It was at least out of a magical place where we were about. Eight years and at the end of our block was the ruins of the old state. Capitol building of alabama when tuscaloosa was the capital in eighteen forties and it burned in the nineteen twenties. Sort of what's left is just sort of looks like ancient roman ruins toppled columns a big You know antebellum column building you know democracy for a minute for few But i guess. I had this idea when i was writing this song in the fight to preserve our neighborhood. When the all seeing i of city planning comes and looks at us and Considered it all to be blighted and of course now. Let's all torn down. There's an extended stay motel there But i guess. I'd always leave ruins behind you know. Most people can go back where they lived in college or just out of college. I lived here. I met so and so they are and this was my old stomping grounds mile stopping. Grunts are gone. you know. Even my parents house what they went through ivan and katrina down gulf shores. You know their houses are all still there. You know massive things. There's an old saying that there are two enemies to historic buildings Water stupid men. Stupid men got hours before the water. I was thinking about writing bruins and you know it is seeing the writing on. The wall was that there were ruins at the end of the street. All along. yeah so. Is it indistinguishable like if you go back there. Is that look nothing like what you remember. Nothing's there there's maybe two buildings that were across the street but they've got new. They were just like you know. Just brick nineteen seventies eighties buildings. I got new fancy facades put on you know of alabama would start losing football games. Preservationists might have a chance but for the time being just need more places to stay for the fans stay tuned for more song. Podcast right after this. You ever wonder how my voice is bouncing off your eardrum. So cleaning crispy. No well let me tell you anyway. The lyra microphone by aka g brings their legendary kucic engineering to versatile. Usb make that delivers the highest quality audio in its class usb connection. This is good for me. 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That's all been built up but my sister actually a house a few blocks away so it's sort of funny to go back. It was funny. When we got up there with My partner aaron sanders headers textile artists. And we like open the doors. This where i lived in. I could feel the air. And i feel like there was something innate about. You can sort of feel where you're from you. Do you ever go back to wisconsin. And you're like oh. This is where i just the way we could go the way. The therese sound airfields. It was really sort of erie. Because i had been back in twenty years. I literally pointed this out to my wife. And i were just walking and i was just like this is just for some reason walking through this grass in this person's yard or whatever we were doing just this reminds me of my childhood just the way that the grass was shaped in the thickness of it and stuff. I just remember mowing the lawn as a kid during the summer. Those little like details. I think are the toughest to remember. But when you can't remember. I think those are the things that can bring that nostalgic feeling. It's i guess it's probably good that your sister bought something there. Because you're gonna have a reason to go back and.

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"tim higgins" Discussed on Rock N Roll Archaeology

Rock N Roll Archaeology

07:43 min | 8 months ago

"tim higgins" Discussed on Rock N Roll Archaeology

"Name pawn them. And this is a word that i had to go look up today because i've never used it or seen it and this is one thing that i love people. Call me curious corey. I love this kind of stuff when i get introduced to things. So can you take me into your experience with what that word. And then what the song also means to you. So i guess. I had always thought of the word blade as a Maybe horticultural term. You know We're from the mid west and we see farms everywhere. Now i live in the deep south farms. Everywhere that sorta like plants get bladed. Well start after. I graduated college. I started working in tuscaloosa for the preservation society so they had several historic houses and structures. We gave tours of than Sorta lobbied for overall preservation in that research. While i was doing that you know we come across. The term of blight used in the nineteen forties fifties sixties as a way for Urban renewal people aren't mowing their lawns Maybe the house needs to be painted. The city could consider a blight and condemn it to tear down on most often that happened in lower income communities People of color on homes. And so this was sort of lobbed term blight know it's invasive blade sent base evidence sorta lobbed at plants in communities that are maybe not what the status quo like since. So that's sort of. What is the running theme throughout the album is yeah this growing idea of blight. Yeah it definitely is because when you when you hear the way that you Your vocal is. I assumed you listen to tom. Waits have there some in there. I mean it has to you wanna know how i heard. Tom waits for the first time. i found a cd that have been chucked out of somebody's window when i was probably thirteen or fourteen and i don't know what it was and the first time i put it on i couldn't get it. I was like what is this saying. You know bring dogs. And then i think i heard enough people covering over the years. The tory emerson natalie merchant and the innocence mission was okay now that was the primer the entry point finding somebody who sings in a range i can hit. Was you know really a formative. Was that always the way that your vocal came out or did you account of train yourself signet different way that you felt mecir as said i was just telling somebody the other day that in sixth grade in like our music class. They were arranging spy. Who sang the highest hosting the lowest. And my very best friend was the highest the lowest Opposite sides of the room when we could just look at each other and. I don't think anyone expected that i was going to be the lowest but we can waive eddie so and it took me a long time to embrace that lower gravelly quality. You know it's not you know you have to find what works you know. But that's any singer-songwriter you find your own style than what you can do. I think i wish they'd do beautiful. It beautiful harmonies. But it's harder to it for me. Well i'm gonna come back and we're gonna circle back on some harmonies stuff because you do have some really beautiful harmonies within the album. And and i have a question about that but yeah it gets me really kind of thinking about the your move to the south and the new. It seems like you kind of met some other songwriter. So this was kind of happening. You didn't have the push from your parents come from this family of athletes in that kind of focus so you become this kind of more right brained artsy person within the family and did you feel like you had a hard time finding other people because everything that you were kind of product. Our surroundings right so of your family and your upbringing surrounded by sports. Did you have to push as a kid into uncomfortable positions to find other people that were thinking in seeing the world like you were more musically and artistically. That's a good question. I I've always been sort of an outgoing person. I've always started. You know. I've been able to get along with them but i think mostly my struggle was when i was in high school and everybody was starting their first bands. They were either hardcore bands like scream l. or they were like jack johnson cover bands and that was like nothing into guy was telling everyone. Have you listened to joni mitchell. And i was. You know i'm used my forever. Queen joni mitchell's finally cool again for you and david crosby. He's david crosby die on the hill that she's the best songwriter. That ever lived. And i love that. Well you know keith. Good hill to be on on that hill. And maybe that like. I think what was the biggest thing for me as my parents. Got me a guitar and it was a really awful like little spanish guitar with those like nylon synthetic strings and guitar lessons when i was in middle school and i hated it. But it really. I wanted to write songs. And i made myself figure out how to do it through good. I pushed through and i think that's sort of the way i write songs and i play guitar. It's sort of had to invented myself because and it's been a learning curve now playing with bands trying to play my stuff. Because i don't know what i'm talking about. I have no idea. I start with my finger here. Playing you playing with the band is mostly like berkeley music. School jazz guys so they could follow along and they weren't afraid to get you know swampy and a little dirty inside of it too nice But yeah and then in college. I started a band with two friends called bible study and it wasn't a christian band. We just like to see the bible. Study up on the marquees. The dive bars we play. You're you're going. John audience that way in some way shape or form so there is some marketing tactic. There it was in in. You know continuing with my terrible planned releases for timetables are album released show was our last show and then i released this one. You know two weeks before the world shutdown from a global pandemic unbelievable. I wanna go back into another song here. Now and i'm this one was one that you brought to my attention and so i listened to it a few times this after noon and the the question that came to my head was what was going on in your world like what was going on.

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"tim higgins" Discussed on Rock N Roll Archaeology

Rock N Roll Archaeology

06:27 min | 8 months ago

"tim higgins" Discussed on Rock N Roll Archaeology

"All right we are here. With a tim higgins who asked him. We've just kind of started chatting really recently. Within the last couple of years i slid into his dmz and invited him onto the show and he was nice enough to say yes. A nice enough to say yes again on short notice and the nice enough to say yes a third time on super short notice Because i had an issue about a car today and couldn't get titled couldn't get new tires put on it and have to do all that tomorrow. So thank you for doing this very welcome. I was just walking around the cemetery with nothing better to do than why not podcast as one does probably one of the best facts that i've seen this is a we've been in covert four eighteen months now in this is your first zoom pretty impressive. God don't tell people that. Let them believe. I've been working very hard. The entire time is extremely extremely technological savvy and zoom zuma's his. That's how he communicates with everyone other times. You know you may hear other people talking. They're trying to help. Because i've somehow broken the internet. That's okay the connection seems strong right now of your in a what looks to be kind of an old an tiki house in greensboro alabama. Is that i. So based on your bio you get to experience going to two different upbringings. 'cause i'm from wisconsin. But i've spent a lot of time now living in the south and so you kind of got to see these two distinct american areas between detroit and then alabama. I guess my first question is when you think of these places. Are there more similarities or differences. Because i think people immediately jump to differences. Well when i was thirteen or fourteen my dad retired from gm and detroit and he wanted to retire. Where vacation so I'm the youngest of six. And we lau behind by five siblings and my parents and i moved down to gulf shores the beach in alabama. So i sorta got like a restart. Because if i had gone to the same high school as my brother said there was a lot of family history you know measured up against. I got to be an only child for but And you know from the rust belt to you know coastal alabama. It's a totally different world but I don't know you know overall if you listen to my music you think i had one world view but people are pretty much good everywhere. They try to be most of the time. Yeah i mean it's it's an interesting thing to me to think of those two. I mean the number one difference. I think people jumped up in the north where you were born in where i was born. We have really harsh winters. But i think the people tend to be not as different. I mean i was born in a very rural wisconsin and the surroundings. That i had there. Would i come to the south and i think of you know like i live in the redneck rivera and destin florida right now and the people that i'm surrounded by here are very similar. They're just kind of the same kind of mindset a lot of times. I think as people listen to your music. They'll they'll kind of see that you you can tap into that. I i think you have a you do that in a good way. How did music kind of become into your life. Where your parents a big proponent of it may had you listen to a bunch of stuff no They it's the opposite is funny. People always assume everyone's from musical families. My family was like jocks just football players wrestlers. I sorta found it on my own. My parents had a big record collection. But doesn't anything that was like you know nothing. Was you know seventies rock and roll. But they never listened to it you know. They had six kids to raise. And so you know the things. I took out of it. Maybe the carpenters sonny and cher live wasn't very much from that level. I think mostly was My i think when i was probably ten or eleven you remember those little music clubs you join. My aunt had joined one. And it was like you by so many. Cd's for full price. You can get whatever you want for a penny and able to shop for records just with coins based on covers. And that was the first time. I heard bob dylan. Katie laying and van morrison. You know the importance of cover art. I didn't that's incredible that you made those decisions based on cover our. Did you the feeling so that you think that you got lucky that you kinda tapped into some songwriters at that point because you could of easily just all of a sudden had a bunch of death metal. show up Well i was a religious. Vh1 mtv top ten countdown watching thing as a kid growing up in the nineties covered in jewel and the wallflowers. Tom petty it was sort of like songwriters were prevalent. I don't know. Do we hear songwriters on the radio too much anymore. Only college radio. That's true college. Otherwise i don't think podcast breweries burgers to you know when you start listening. Those names that kind of take be into my childhood with with mtv and vh. one too. Because i can distinctly disclose my eyes and think of the wallflowers you know. One headlight. coming out and Who will save my soul and all these dogs that just were a big part of it and the ad the the fabric of what mtv vh one was two sons like our childhoods is that doesn't really exist anymore people so it's really now it's just the power of the algorithm which is honestly how i found you. Well i guess it worked in our favor today. It got us here okay. So let's jump into some your music a little bit because your.

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"tim higgins" Discussed on Rock N Roll Archaeology

Rock N Roll Archaeology

02:34 min | 8 months ago

"tim higgins" Discussed on Rock N Roll Archaeology

"This episode is brought to you by hp plus in a world full of smart devices. Isn't it about time. Your printer got smart to now. Printing is smart with hp fuss and the hp smart app is how it all happens. You can print from your phone with just a tab no matter where you are even from your garage slash home office slash. Ceo studio that is smart. Hp plus learn more about smart printing at hp dot com slash smart saw. Hello hello hello and welcome to the song facts podcast. my name is corey. Flanagan and i am your host. Thank you so much for listening. We really appreciate you being here. If you're feeling it. Stop real quick. Leave us a nice five star review. Send a little message. So we know you're listening and just know that we continue to appreciate your support as always this. Podcast is a part of the pantheon. Podcast network okay. So on the show today. You know sometimes music just touches us in a way and we can't really explain. Why is that the lyrics. Is that the voice the sound of the band or just a single instrument so many different aspects. But i think it's different every time it happens. Today's guest has done that. For me tim. Higgins has a voice that is as distinct as it is powerful his lyrics touch on how he sees his surroundings and his delivery literally fills up a room and will make you listen. His debut. solo album is called blight into date. We go over some of those songs his upbringing and much much more. So please sit back and enjoy tim. Higgins that rule.

"tim higgins" Discussed on The Majority Report with Sam Seder

The Majority Report with Sam Seder

06:35 min | 9 months ago

"tim higgins" Discussed on The Majority Report with Sam Seder

"Zero emission vehicles. And and i say i remember listening to rush limbaugh Maka presses and they go on the highway they get run off and this and that. And i think the tesla at that time change that mentality and made it much harder to just sort of knocked the idea of barry battery powered car right. So with that said isn't it like and then we have a series of sort of like promises that come from tesla that really it seems to be were never delivered like it seems to me. Then you'd have a better sense of this. That tesla was a company for a certain period of time and from a societal perspective and with the help of society right him. There was a lot of government. Subsidies involved in this too right news indirectly absolutely government helped with loans and with Credits that help. People make it more affordable and then credits energy credits out there that other automakers tend to buy from tesla which have helped us slowly. Or so yes. They've benefited from governments trying to push people to our electric vehicles and then we have a whole series of of promises from the company. And there's a lot of those people you right you know have basically left the company that were there who are crucial fired by by mas. Because he's got some other issues. It feels like they've left. And you know things like self driving cars like that to me. Seems like we're we don't seem terribly close to the self driving car. At least as as expressed by tesla and And ilan mosque for it to be safe right. Well that's the challenge. Self driving is that i thank you go back five years ago in all the experts and engineers working on self driving thought that they were ninety nine percent. There would just be just a little bit more than they can do it. The problem is that lasts ninety. Nine point nine nine that one you know you go down that road in. That's where it's that's that's the challenge being being perfect or being close to perfect or being better than humans is a lot is a very difficult. But you're hitting on this thing that's very important to the history of hustler. Why it's been able to do what it's named to. And then ilan has been able to sell customers a more importantly investors on the idea of what the future of cars are i. it was electric and then as time went on as the the state of the art grew that it was fully self-driving and the challenge for tesla has been that a certain point. He the tessa was able to kind of achieve many of the things he was selling but in twenty six team there was really a what people describe internally as a culture change for eli was making comments and claims about the abilities that we haven't seen and going further than some people were comfortable with. That was his claims about self driving technology. What they have is autopilot. Autopilot is a driver assistance feature thank of it as like a super cruise control It is not able to. You are not able to get in the car and take a nap. Let the car drive you. And and some people think the car can do more than what it can really do. That has raised concerns among safety advocates and experts. That tesla is pushing it a little too far. How much of this is just this dynamic of being a public company and wanting to have the flashiest perception of being technologically advanced You know. I didn't interview recently about how completely far we are away from Lab created meat. I mean it's not in the realm of possibility right now but it's tracked at a lot of money and of course. This is a much larger. Operation tesla has has has has ballooned but a lot of these projects seemingly may be more in recent years. In this post twenty sixteen area you describe seem to be more designed to make splashes and thus can get people get investors interested than it is connected to the reality clearly. Tesla has benefited from villages. So that future. Where you're talking about it is is a stock. It is a growth stocks the challenge that creates as it has to be growing or it has to be kind of reaching towards that future look at the valuation now the company the world's most valuable automaker by huge amounts and longtime observers experts can stretch their head because it essentially in a certain point the market was saying well yes tesla's correct the correct future of cars electric but then at a certain point the valuation would suggest that not only is the future. Electric tesla is going to be the basically the only automaker and it's a snacking to be the case and so then you have to tear it apart. Some of those numbers and clearly people are betting. That tesla's gonna win on self driving. It's going to be more than just a car. Company that there's going to be the energy component that it's going to have robots axes to be saying and that's the challenge. The tesla has in it. It's rooted in the fact that it It costs billions of dollars. Run a car company. That's the challenge being startup in the car. Industry is that you need just tons of cash because bending metal just eats cash and that's the challenge they had from. The beginning was to sell that future. And now we're at a point with the company that well they're they're selling this huge future in. It's it's a race to kind of catch up to get the technology to that point. I mean it seems to me because we have You know in. And he's alon mosque. And i don't know if it's tesla necessarily although to a certain extent is some of it is they're branching out ostensibly as if this technology they can apply it and other areas right like we have the tunnel. Then las vegas that is really just. I mean it's not. I mean it's it's basically A small bus underground goes to one. Stop in fact down the road here in brooklyn you can go to the secret Train there's a secret train here that was developed a hundred year not joking. One hundred years ago somebody had the same exact idea wasn't probably as sleek looking and also also thinking about the solar tiles..

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The Epic Court Battle That Could Upend Apple's Future

WSJ Tech News Briefing

02:18 min | 1 year ago

The Epic Court Battle That Could Upend Apple's Future

"Talked on the show before about developer fees. Those are the commission's usually around thirty percent. That app store owners take from purchases made through their marketplaces. Some developers have pushed back against these fees. Saying there too high while store owners like apple and google have argued that the fees are necessary to keep transactions secure. This debate is the subject of a court battle between apple and the creator of fortnight epic games which kicks off today. The outcome of the trial will have ramifications for apple. And the rest of the tech giant's so for more on this. I'm joined by our apple reporter tim higgins. Hey tim thanks for being here. Thank you all right before we get started we should note that the wall street journal's publisher dow jones has a commercial agreement to supply news apple services. Okay so tim can. You remind us how we got to the trial that starts today. There's actually quite a dramatic backstory. Here right now. This is a clash of the titans. If you will it goes back to last august and the creator of fortnight epic games surprised a lot of people with an update to the fort game on the apple app store that aim to create a payment system. That would get around apple's payment system. They'll allow users to go into an epic games created pay system and that was a huge violation of apple's rules and it resulted in fortnight being booted from the app store and what followed was a pretty big legal battle that we now are seeing take place in a courtroom in oakland california and so as the court case. Kicks off today like you said in oakland. What's really the central question of this case. What is this all about. There's a few things going on here. Epic feels that apple is using. Its power anti competitive way specifically. They argue that apple has this delivery device or distribution device for apps on iphones and that it's one hundred percent controlled by them and that that is a monopoly in a bad sense and that they're misusing that power so what this case comes down to a large way is the definition of what a market is in the digital

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"tim higgins" Discussed on NewsRadio KFBK

NewsRadio KFBK

04:01 min | 1 year ago

"tim higgins" Discussed on NewsRadio KFBK

"You see every day? What if we were tracking you to find out where you are in feeding? Who commercials that coordinate with that billboard possible, right? Well, you already did not trust people are just staying. In theory that would work, right? Right. So maybe we're sending you other ads, depending on where you're driving where you're located. Right now in your car. That's what big tech and big day to do when abstracting you, Facebook and Apple are not clashing over that data that data collected Apple is implementing a new system. It claims to give you more control over where your data goes. And how abstract you here's Wall Street Journal reporter Tim Higgins to explain how it will look to you. Yeah, we're going to see this and early spring. Of this year and essentially think about it like this. You're going to open up your iPhone. You go to a nap. He opened up to AP And as the user you're going to see Ah little window that basically asks you. Hey, Are you okay? If this app tracks your your usage? And you can say yes or no. And the idea is to allow the user to kind of have a say in whether their data is tracked among APS that tend to mind this information to sell ads down the road. So Facebook, which makes a ton of money on these targeted ads, is pushing back against Apple's new system. Here is Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg. On an earnings call last week. Now Apple made may say that they're doing this to help people. But the moves clearly track their competitive interests, and I think that this dynamic is important. For people understand because we and others were going to be up against this for the first viable future. Oh, he sees the he sees competition coming writing on the wall. I mean, it's basically gonna They're coming at each other from different areas. So you've got apple, which is the lifestyle company, right? They sell you a product. They're a lifestyle company and part of the whole branding of Apple is your privacy is important, right Where his Facebook You're the product. They're selling your data to business is this of those businesses can advertise to you so ad revenue is at the core of Facebook's business model. If they can't track your movements within the app, they can't collect the data. And they need to do that to feed you. The ads and Facebook also has lots of small businesses that advertise on the app. And they say, Not only will this Apple initiative hurt them, but it'll hurt the small businesses to so they've taken out these big ads in New York and San Francisco, and they're trying to leverage sympathy for the small businesses to push back on Apple, but Apple CEO Tim Cook Well, not naming Facebook directly spoke about this back and forth at a conference last week. We should not look away from the bigger picture. In a moment of grab it just information. And conspiracy theories. Juice by algorithms. We can no longer turn a blind eye to a theory of technology that says all impatient is good engagement. Longer the better and all of the goal collected as much data as possible. So I know you've heard this term data is the new oil. I like apples chances. Apple has a history of touting the privacy of their devices. They have used it successfully as a selling point. But Apple and Facebook play in the same ecosystem. Many people use Apple devices to create content that they then post on Facebook caps like Instagram. Or rials, So the two are frenemies for sure. And Facebook has even helped develop pursue apple over rules that keep them off the devices. So this could have an impact on antitrust issues that both companies are facing. And while some believe they're going on divergent paths, they're actually in a collision course. Here's why I like Apple, they sell stuff. They sell me good, hard products Facebook. They sell you and me, And if we get up and leave, they got no product. Right? Right now, Facebook has allowed people to keep in contact with others. It has offered benefits that all of us have used and enjoyed has the upper hand here because he's got a piece of hardware that people really want. Well, I'm we'll see what Facebook what kind of back pocket moves. They've got ahead of them to alter the roads. We go. Let's check.

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"tim higgins" Discussed on KLBJ 590AM

KLBJ 590AM

05:15 min | 1 year ago

"tim higgins" Discussed on KLBJ 590AM

"In a flash. It's the biggest tech story of the day. Tesla officially picking the $1 billion Giga factory to be built on 21 acres just off of Texas, 1 30 in Travis County. It's an era Harold Green Road. Southeast Travis County. The word is that will employ about 5000 people starting wages $35,000 all by the way, Tesla become in 4/4 in a row, now becomes the most profitable auto maker in America and could be listed on the S and P 500. Tim Higgins is a Wall Street Journal reporter and he touches base on both of these milestones. It would be kind of a recognition of you are bidden and dreams for the past 16 17 years to bring the electrification of the automobile to the industry, and Tio essentially rise through the ranks that you would be part of, You know, the benchmark index for US equities huge win in that regard. The investor a big win because usually stock run up when they get put into the P 500 index funds raised to put that in there, so that that that might be sure lives usually about a year later, research shows those equities then increase in value They trail behind Yes and 500 There you go. That's Tim Higgins Wall Street Journal report. It's a big news man. One reason's creating a bunch of jobs, but it's going to create some tremendous additional growth out in that area. And 5000 additional jobs that pay. Yeah, that's that's pretty good. It's going to be a whole new world out there in that part of town now wonder what really clinched the deal. I wonder maybe this has been the motivation for the repeal of the camping ordinance to ban of the camping ordinance. Maybe that was to make it look more like California. So when healing came here he go down been white Riverside and go. Oh, this looks like home. Let's do it here. That's why he's leaving California. OK, leave. In California because of all the trouble they have, including, You know the way they've locked down businesses. Well, then maybe he hasn't been down in wider riverside yet seen that now? I hope he doesn't because she might go. Wait a minute. I thought I was going to a better thing. How long before Dal Valley becomes a five? A high school or say I mean, how long before they have to start building more schools out there? Yeah, I know. I know. And advice is booming. The property values are very affordable. Still in that area, how long you're going to be before we see the best drop and Austin or just kind of as one. If we're going to see so much growth going out there will no doubt Yeah, yeah. Oh, yeah, They're ready to fill in the gaps yet Ready, kids? No, You're absolutely right. It's that's very possible. Say 7 39 and the cost that you'll incur if voters approve a massive overhaul of public transportation is becoming a little bit more clearer. Capital Metro has put forth two options. Want to fully fund a $10 billion project called Project Connect, and that one that funds $7 billion with projects and with some room to grow, too, they say Now the one option your tax bill. For the average home, 325,000 would go about go up by about 360 bucks a year. Under option to your property tax bill would climb about 276 bucks a year. Under that average home price of 325 grand so This is ah, True makeover of Austin's public transportation system and extreme makeover. More trains more buses, more rickshaws. Basically what the officials say is we want to give you every possible option that is available on Planet Earth to get you from point A to point B. And we're assuming that you want that public were there. Just assuming that we we all owe our dying now have that even though I've never had a conversation with a single person that is just clamoring for that. They want that for us. This is what the voters of Austin, Texas won every City Council member that won in the last election. This is what they ran on. Pushing project connect with the voters exactly what the voters wanted. The voters of Austin have nothing to do with the majority of people in Austin because the majority of people in Austin will never, ever use what they're talking about, have no need for it, And that would include me as well. And I'll be paying more taxes for something I will never utilized. Now. Maybe maybe I'll realize they make other benefits. They say that it would ease traffic congestion to make your world a little bit. He's well the thing though, ease traffic congestion at the same time, they're doing everything they can to Make driving harder for me so there will be less records on the road because they're squeezing us out. It won't be something where I'm realizing that might drive to work every day is going to be easier. And and also my taxes will go up. By the time all the stuff is implemented. Built and ready. You know, I'll probably be retired anyway, and I'll still be having no to pay those taxes. Or something that is really doing me no good whatsoever if it happens at all. 7 42 Here a K LBJ, the Thailand Don show..

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Elon Musk Says Tesla Suing California County, Moving Headquarters Out Of State

WSJ Tech News Briefing

10:14 min | 2 years ago

Elon Musk Says Tesla Suing California County, Moving Headquarters Out Of State

"Week. California started phasing in the reopening of business including manufacturing so when that was announced Tesla CEO Elon. Musk sent out a memo to ten thousand employees at a factory in Alameda. County telling them to come into work the next day but just a few hours after that memo the local government in Alameda County said not so fast they were keeping tighter restrictions in place and Tesla's factory was not allowed to open yet in response. Tesla sued and Monday. Musk said they're opening their factory. Anyway here to tell us all about this lawsuit and what it could mean for businesses and governments across the US is our reporter. Tim Higgins Tim. Thank you so much for being here. Thank you all right. Let's start with Tesla. What is Tesla arguing in this suit? One of the things that you must angry about is that The California state government has to open up again including manufacturing and he's arguing that essentially that the local government has overstepped its authority by saying that. Tesla's factory cannot reopen that. The governor's office allowing for the state to reopen and that the US constitution allows for these sorts of things so really Arguments at the county. Government is overreaching and then he made a comparison to another facility. That is a nearby county. What's his argument? There Tesla has its has one assembly plant in the US but it has a number of facilities around California that help with the business. And there's a factory that is not that far from the assembly pant that has in a different county and the people there are not facing the same kind of shelter in place restrictions. Tassels reason the question of why are why isn't a uniform wise? They're pointing to figures. They say indicate that the rate of infection is very similar Why is one place stricter than the other so? Musk actually went a step further and reopened TUSLA yesterday. Right surprising a lot of people Monday. Tweeting out that He was opening the factory starting production that day in fact he said he's going to be on the assembly line and that if the police show up to arrest people he should be the one that's arrested so let's just back up a little bit. This sets tesla apart from many of its tag counterparts right. I mean facebook and others have announced that they're not bringing employees back to the office for months. Why is Elon? Musk and tesla wire. Wise Tusla's taking such a big stand here exactly facebook and Google and others. They can largely do their work at home on computers. Were Tesla makes cars. It needs an army of workers in the factory banging on metal to build these vehicles so they can sell them and without the Fremont Factory Online. It doesn't have anything to sell here in the US eventually. The cars that they made prior the shutdown. They're not gonNA have anything. So if Tesla is going to take advantage of any potential economic rebound that something might occur in the months to come as the country learns to live with the Corona virus. It needs cars. The shutdown came at a bad time for Tesla. It was just a ramping up. Production of its newest vehicle. The Model Y Compact Sport Utility vehicle is a vehicle that Elon. Musk has said could be. The company's top seller analysts expected to do very well. It's a good segment for this kind of vehicle and really there was a lot of enthusiasm among investors about the year ahead and so what the Krono virus has done is essentially. Put everything on ice and The problem for you on musk. Is that this. Factory has been sitting Essentially vacant for weeks. Now and he needs the lifeblood of the company to kick back on. I guess comparing to facebook isn't quite fair. I mean the better comparison might be to other. Automakers what are we seeing Michigan do for example and how our automakers they're responding. That's some of the frustration that musk has been. Venting is that Michigan announced last week and then that they were bringing manufacturing back online this week so Monday. As Yuan is sitting there unhappy that his factory is an open open. Places in Michigan could come back online and he knows his competitors have already announced. Gm for Chrysler others that they're kicking up production GM and Ford. They're a scheduled to start assembly vehicles again next Monday and here in California. That's that's not the case so elon. Musk has taken it another step further. He also has threatened to move production out of California altogether. He's saying maybe to Texas. What kind of impact could his departure have on? The state would smell something that can happen. Overnight it's not as simple as picking up his tools and going to Texas and starting to make cars and a new factory I. It's much more complicated. And it's something that probably would take years to do but the effect would be dramatic. Tessa wouldn't be the first car company to pull out of California Toyota. Its headquarters for the US. North America used to be based on your La and they pulled out over the course of several years starting in two thousand fourteen and they went to Texas because in emerged part it's cheaper to operate their California had just gotten to expensive the factory that Tesla owns and California used to be a factory that was jointly operated by General Motors and Toyota in when GM wind bankruptcy left to Toyota and Toyota. Didn't want to didn't want to be there anymore. I wanted to go to someplace. Cheaper the state of California has in recent generation or so struggled to keep a car manufacturing and the Fremont factory the fact that Tesla was able to buy in two thousand ten and resume making vehicles there in twenty twelve was seen by the the region him by Government officials is a huge win and is something very important for the economy states. Local leaders across the country prize car factories. These are things they want. It means jobs. It means economic investment. It means all the and things that go with with that so it's not just the car factory it's the suppliers and the ecosystem that creates and brings into the community so this kind of threat in some ways was almost going nuclear to say that he was going to pull out of of the state now a lot of people are saying or asking was was just because he lost his temper. And and that sort of thing. Well we'll see. He has said on twitter that he's not messing around and he's taking this very seriously. Some of this of course is also. He's in essentially negotiating in public. He's trying to push put pressure on on the local government to allow him to open up. Yeah I mean it's it's a very public lobbying effort if you can call it that I think the interesting thing is. We'VE SEE BUSINESSES. Do this all the time time right to get tax incentives or or other deals but in this case it's public health interests that are at stake. How HAVE OFFICIALS IN ALAMEDA? County responded to this very open threat And is the pressure that he's putting on them seeming to impact their decisions to reopen at all whether the mayor of Fremont put out a statement saying that she supports Tesla and the Mayor of Palo Alto or the company's headquarters is located. Put out a statement over the weekend about their support for the company. It's a tough position for some of these elected officials They want to see the company. Back Open. They want to see businesses back. Open him yet. Some are also weighing the health ramifications. Several people have died in the county from Kovic Nineteen and they have reported More than two thousand cases of Govan Nineteen and so the concern among county leaders is that they're not sure if there's going to be a spike as they start to re phase in business activity and they'd like to see it play out a little bit longer and be prepared and the idea of ten thousand people coming into a facility is concerning and so they have been working with the company to make sure that the safety protocols in place and the Tesla has Publicized some of these. Things are what they're working on. And that's where the standoff here is. It's not when we're unique to test so there are lots of places and companies around the country who are frustrated and want to get back to the way things were and we've seen state by state by state Different ways of handling this. But there's probably no higher profile company in the US The take this kind of stand to to sue the local authorities and to Defy a local shutdown order. Well we wouldn't expect anything else from Elon. Musk I guess. Our reporter Tim Higgins. Thank you so much for joining us. Thank you

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Facebook, Tesla and Microsoft Report Strong Finish to 2019

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04:28 min | 2 years ago

Facebook, Tesla and Microsoft Report Strong Finish to 2019

"Microsoft and Tesla all reported strong quarterly early earnings. Yesterday suggesting the text are still has some room to run well into twenty twenty. We're going to break them all down. Let's start first with facebook. Here's is our reporter. Jeff Horowitz with more from San Francisco to begin with the predictable part of facebook earnings. The company made a ton of money. Revenues what twenty one point. One billion prophets were seven point point four billion these be analyst expectations again. The stock did fall after the announcement but only because everyone expects facebook to blow earnings out of the water at this point. Jeff F. Says the interesting part about facebook's fourth quarter came on a conference call to discuss the results. facebook disclosed that was paying five hundred and fifty million to resolve a privacy case case brought by a class action attorneys in Illinois Senate on facial recognition. That's going to be about two hundred dollars per each affected user and a pretty big cash payout and Sort of proof that the Illinois law which is one of the toughest biometric privacy laws in the country has teeth and that could be a problem. Some other tech companies one more highlight was mark. Zuckerberg's Burg's defense of facebook Zuckerberg said he was going to speak up more in terms of expense of the platform and targeted advertising. And said that in the past I. He had not always been as clear about these things that he should be because he was worried about offending people The interesting thing and quote him here is my goal for the next decade gate isn't to be liked but to be understood and other. CEO WHO's usually on the offensive Elon. Musk but after Tesla's difficult start to the year when questions were raised about musk's leadership by the end of twenty nineteen tesla exceeded analysts expectations for deliveries and reported profit for these second quarter in a row are Tesla reporter. Quarter Tim Higgins has more. It's a remarkably different spot for tesla than The first half of a year ago when the company was struggling to expand in sales of the model three overseas there are questions about whether Tusla commutes goals and if demand for its electric vehicles had pete shares intense Tesla Sword in after hours trading rising over eleven percent one key thing investors were paying attention to what Tesla had to say about. Its international manufacturing actioning operations. The company believes that its new factory in China and one plan for outside of Berlin will help cut costs that. New China factory three came online in recent weeks and could still prove challenging as Tesla tries to ramp up. Production the Tesla. CFO cautioned that China's efforts to contain the corona krona virus could affect the ramp up there in Shanghai so investors on Wall Street will be watching the Tesla operations closely in coming weeks. Tesla wasn't the only only company facing questions about its operations in China. Microsoft said it was concerned about the impact. The new corona virus could have on its business. Here's reporter Aaron. Erin telly with the virus situation in their guidance. CFO of Microsoft. Amy Hood said that there's some uncertainty there but but you know they're not a major harbour manufacturer where this could impact them though. Is that the overall. PC shipments Microsoft makes windows royalties based off those shipments of the PC shipments are at are all affected by this virus that could certainly hurt their windows royalty fees but that's asa legacy business and that's really not their future so what is Microsoft's future cloud computing and. They're the company reported strong results. Microsoft said the revenue going really fast including the cloud computing space. But the interesting thing was the gross margins were doing exceptionally well l.. And that's interesting. Because for a long time people thought Microsoft have to forego profits in order to keep up with Amazon his on and compete with them so Amazon has quite a few years lead on the entire space. They really pioneered it when they came out with Amazon web services in two thousand six and Microsoft came out a few years later since then over the past few years really emerged as a it really strong second player here and they've become Taking more and more market share from Amazon and you know the the pies expanding But Amazon is certainly scared. That Microsoft is eating his lunch.

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Investors Hit the Brakes on Tesla Enthusiasm

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06:04 min | 3 years ago

Investors Hit the Brakes on Tesla Enthusiasm

"Support for this podcast and the following message. Come from Deloitte, a global leader in digital transformation, helping clients apply technologies like cloud an AI to their unique business challenges. Deloitte got com slash look. Again. This is tech news briefing. Im Tanya boost, does reporting from the newsroom in New York, and Tesla's CEO Elon Musk said twenty nineteen would bring an affordable electric, car built in a new China factory, bringing us all one step closer to a mainstream model three electric vehicle, but our investors finally hitting the brakes on such enthusiasm. Sorry, where Tesla's stands so far this year and where it's going after these tech headlines. A new player is about to enter the crowded US wireless market. It will pitch monthly unlimited data that costs half as much as rivals skeptical. Okay, fine. There is a catch. It is eight cable TV company out. Tease USA is ready to launch a mobile service. It's likely to cost between twenty and thirty dollars a phone and this summer. It will join Comcast and charter communications in trying to undercut wireless carriers since cord cutting shows, no signs of stopping anytime, soon, the new service likely to be called out tease mobile will run on Sprint's mobile network, and relies on customers in home wifi and the company's network of hot spots throughout urban markets. The company plans to test the service with its employees in the coming weeks. The Wall Street Journal's Sarah Crouse has more at wsJcom WalMart is hiring a former executive from Amazon and alphabets Google to lead global technology. This creates a new senior role as the world's biggest. Retailer ramps up its efforts to take on Amazon Suresh Kumar will become WalMart's global chief tech officer and chief development officer starting in July. This comes as WalMart becomes an increasingly tech focused company with big efforts in buying up ecommerce startups investing heavily to boost online sales adding more grocery delivery, options, and working to ramp up its digital ad revenue. And if you're an Uber driver looking for extra cash, how about house flipping because real estate firms are now recruiting drivers to help them find derelict properties to buy and sell fast, one option Corey company that hires drivers to identify houses on the roots that the real estate firm can buy and quickly sell for a profit drivers compensation varies by firm from a sales commission to a fee for each productive lead. The Atlanta-based Corey pays drivers up to fifteen hundred dollars peripheral that leads to a purchase and the journal says this new union between temporary workers like ride hailing drivers and property spec. Relation isn't as improbable as it might seem as the institutionalization of how slipping has grown. So has the industry's demand for cheap labor to help it expand even further. Coming up Tesla's, that's high stakes to bring the masses, the first affordable electric car. Our investors still with the program and what the rest of twenty nine thousand nine has in store. Blockchain smart cities, the digital transformation happening now makes the seemingly impossible doable at Deloitte, we help clients harnessed these powerful technologies to improve business and the world Deloitte dot com slash look. Again. Twenty nineteen was poised to be a big year for electric car maker, tesla CEO Elon Musk said the year would bring an affordable electric car built in a new factory in China among other things the future looked bright, the Wall Street. Journal's Tim Higgins explains. He long must the see you thought that twenty nineteen was going to be a banner year for the company on the back of the model three this compact car, that's supposed to remake tusla's a more mainstream automaker with this vision of bringing electrification the electric vehicle to the masses. But then came a dose of reality in the form of de first quarter sales of tesla vehicles plummeted compared to the fourth quarter, and then we saw really a push by tesla to lower the prices of its vehicles and a really dramatic way a multiple occasions which raised the question is there demand for the model three at the previous expectations it has tesla reached the, the ceiling of people willing to spend a lot of? Money for a small car, and that's the question. It's, it's really hanging over Testa as we look ahead to this year. We seen Tesla's shares drop below the two hundred dollar Mark really underscoring the uncertainty in the investors mind about where this company is going, and as is the case with most things. China is a huge symbol of growth in a huge symbol of challenge hassles results for the past year, so China being at second largest market behind the US. This is where a lot of the growth has been coming the challenges is that because tesla makes its vehicles and California, and ships them to China, those vehicles are more expensive because of tariffs. The company has said they expect to deliver between three hundred and sixty thousand and four hundred thousand vehicles this year likely, meaning that they would build many more and the model three is aimed at a more mainstream buyer, they believe they need a factory on the ground to make those vehicles for the customers that they want to sell them to. If you think you've seen this movie before you're probably right. But ultimately, no one is counting. Tesla out just yet least of all tesla it has come close to the end many times and yet you on musk has been able to figure out how to pull it out oftentimes of the last minute, and that's part of the charm of the company, but it's also part of the reason why you see a growing chorus of people who are betting against the company because they questioned whether the company can continue to have those close calls, Wall Street Journal reporter, Tim Higgins, covers all things. Tesla wsJcom wrapping up the tech news briefing for now. I'm Tanya boost does reporting from the newsroom in New York. Thanks for listening.

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Tesla Rallies on Plans to Raise Capital

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02:19 min | 3 years ago

Tesla Rallies on Plans to Raise Capital

"Electric car company. Tesla is seeking to raise as much as two point three billion dollars through stock and bond sale. The effort comes after tesla suffered one of its worst quarterly losses ever with its cash on hand falling by more than forty percent to two point two billion dollars. Joining me now via Skype from San Francisco with more details is Wall Street Journal. Reporter Tim Higgins, Tim tesla. CEO Elon Musk heads signal during last month's earnings, call oh new willingness to consider raising capital which marked something of a reversal for him. What can you tell us about the company's current plans to raise money, you're almost has really been against the idea of raising more money. The plan is he'd laid it out was that the company was started to produce the model three the compact sedan at a rate that they could start selling them in generating the money, the company need for its vicious growth plans and would need to raise money, and that's been kind of a key pillar that he's kind of laid out. There for a while. But the first quarter didn't turn out the way that the company expected and really was a lot worse than analysts had intimidated and ate into a big chunk of that cash. So it yet again created this pressure point on the company about where their cash was going to be at the end of of coming quarters and would they have enough money without raising again. So you knew willingness to raise money in this effort to raise two point three billion dollars should alleviate some of those concerns in the near term. And if if Tesla's projections are correct that they'll become cash flow positive again and start to turn a profit in the third and fourth quarter. Then you could really start to see kind of a turning down of that pressure. What is tesla said about fixing the problems it had regarding deliveries of the model three in the first quarter? We did hear on that earnings call that tesla doesn't expect a profit in the second quarter. You mentioned that they. Do expect in the third and fourth. But what about those delivery problems the challenge in the first quarter was that tesla has one assembly factory, and that's in California, and it was sending the model three to Europe and China for the first time, and it ran into more delays in anticipated and weren't able to get the cars into customers hands

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Tesla's Deliveries Plummet; What's Next For Model 3?

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06:55 min | 3 years ago

Tesla's Deliveries Plummet; What's Next For Model 3?

"Said this week that a delivered about sixty three thousand vehicles in its latest period. If you're keeping tabs that is worse than analysts already lowered expectations figure reflecting total deliveries of the model three model ass and model. X cars shares fell about eight percent in Thursday morning trading as questions about Tesla's ability to meet ambitious sales targets continue to move overhead. Let's get more joining us via Skype in San Francisco is the Wall Street Journal's Tim Higgins Tatum. Why the slowdown what seems to be the biggest roadblock in Tesla's way. Ideally at wants to pump out new deliveries why the lack of a smooth ride see only two car puns this time, Tim I'm getting I'm getting out of the way early. So that will be it. Go perfect. Well, this is a complicated messy quarter. Tesla said that it was hindered. By the fact, that it was for the first time shipping model series to Europe and to China, and that it was more. Complicated than they expected that they had dealt with in the past. We know that there was some customers shoes bringing the vehicles in China and Alon must see yo had previously suggested that there was some parts issues for the European market. So it's it's a complex and logistically challenging thing to take vehicles overseas. And that's a Tesla's always kinda struggled when it's brought new vehicles to other countries. So going into this period. Some analysts had expected that there would be challenges there the extent of challenges, however, and the effect on the the results was bigger than Wall Street expected and opens up a more questions about the demand for Tesla's vehicles. Remember at the beginning of the first quarter. Tesla surprised a lot of people by lowering the price of its vehicles in this came as the US federal. Tax credit begins to phase out for for vehicles. He used to be seventy five hundred dollars. It's gone to half that amount and is going to go to zero by the end of the year, the start of next year, and is concerned that that essentially as a price increase for people here in the states, and tesla was trying to respond by cutting the price, and it did multiple price cuts on the model three and some might expect that that would have helped manned and so to see the the dramatic drop offs, especially in the model asks in the model X has raised just a lot of concerns. Tesla would say that part of that is because there was a poll forward of demand into the fourth quarter with customers rushing out to get those vehicles before the tax credit started to phase out. But whatever the case it raises questions about where the model S in the model X which have been the core which have which has been the business for tesla for. Quite a while here. What's going to happen to those that that revenue stream and those in the profitability of those vehicles just going forward for tesla? Right. Not to mention, you know, the model three getting that model. Three to customers has been looming over tesla ever since it cranked up production. What are the folks that you talk to what do they rumbling about? When do these concerns start to Trump that unshakable? Tesla optimism. What was shares plummet shortsellers, those investors who bet against the company really crying a victory on Twitter. It's full of comments about how they were. Right. They believe that we've seen tesla. The peak tesla that the narrative of this company unstoppable narrative is peaked long-term investors. Those those who who believe in in with the company is vision and selling they they stay potential for the second quarter that there are already. Ready ten thousand vehicles and transit those will be sales in the second quarter that tesla will work through its challenges in Europe, and China, and that China in particular is going to be a huge market for the company. Ulan musk has already begun construction of factory there specifically for the model three and then the upcoming model lie small compact car to be built in China for the China market in. They see a lot of potential there. So. To say that the we're kind of a pivot point it's hard to tell because the essentially the first quarter is a mess in. It's hard to understand what the real demand for the model. Three is at this point, a where things are the model S model X level. There's some suggestion that demand for the vehicles here in the US has decreased. But it's unclear if it's decreased store if the company was just sending its inventory to new markets. Does it all come down to money as it always does and trying to make more of it one of the bigger kind of things that emerges out of this this? These results is going to be just greater emphasis and greater concern about where Tesla's cast cash position is this had been a area of concern for much of last year as as delays and bringing the model three up to a higher production level meant that the company was eating in. To it's small cash balance in raising concerns of whether there would be enough cash Yuan musk would routinely talk about how he did not want did not need to raise additional funds. And that once the company hit a consistent rate of of build for the model three and can pump those vehicles out in the cell in bring a new revenue that that would take care of Tesla's cash needs the idea being that the company would be self funding, and then could pay for all of its ambitious growth going forward. So it's been kind of the story that the company has been selling, and and we get here at the end of the first quarter. And we know that there was a huge hit to the company's cash bounce during the period because it had to pay back nearly one billion dollar debt during that period in this the idea that it it. It's sales didn't meet expectations didn't meet its own expectations. It lowered prices it closed stores. It's taking hits for laying people off. Off these are all very expensive things. And you know, what's that cash? Balance going to beat the company says it's sufficient amount. But whatever the case is it's not going to be a lot. And they're going to be lots of people talking on Wall Street about how tesla needs to raise more money. And if they do that at this point, it's going to be not at a position of strength, which is where you wanna raise money, but it's going to be a weakened position, and which could make it more expensive or potentially harder.

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Tesla Will Ship 3,000 Model 3 Cars a Week to Europe

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00:50 sec | 3 years ago

Tesla Will Ship 3,000 Model 3 Cars a Week to Europe

"Tesla is cranking out model. Three sedans, the mainstream electric car in the making it expects to deliver as many as four hundred thousand vehicles worldwide this year, roughly four times what it sold two years ago tussle also began shipping model threes to Europe this quarter for the first time, but the journals Tim Higgins writes that now tesla needs to make sure they all get good service. Tesla customers have been venting. On social media about trouble, getting repair appointments. CEO Elon Musk says improving maintenance is a top priority. This year Tusla has eighty five service centers sprinkled around the US and head of bringing out the model three. It's invested in mobile tech teams that could visit customers the company estimates. Eighty percent of repairs can be done outside of service centers and plans to increase its mobile service fleet by twenty four percent this year.

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"tim higgins" Discussed on WSJ What's News

WSJ What's News

03:53 min | 3 years ago

"tim higgins" Discussed on WSJ What's News

"Electric vehicle maker tesla is cutting seven percent of its workforce the second round of layoffs in a year. It's part of a continuing effort by tesla to sell its model three sedan at a lower price. Tim Higgins covers tesla for the Wall Street Journal, and he joins us from San Francisco. First of all Tim isn't as a bid by tesla to stay profitable. While it lowers the price of the model three sedan. Yeah. Exactly Alon musk last year promise that the third and fourth quarters would be profitable. And in fact, when he surprised Wall Street with a third quarter profit that was a record for the company said that this was the the start of sustainable profitability going for forever. And so this is essentially a bid by him to continue to be profitable while at the same time lower the price of the model three to it's long been promised that it was going to be offered at a starting price of thirty five thousand dollars. But even from the get-go it hasn't been that price. How many layoffs are we talking about? Well, seven percent of the company the exact total isn't quite clear because the this is for seven percent of the fulltime workers. And they have a lot of contractors and part time workers in that in the total of about forty nine thousand. So we're talking about several thousand people use many as maybe three thousand something like that. Yeah. And this was again on top of a nine percent. Layoff announcement. I guess in June. Right. Yeah. Exactly Tesla's goal is to sell the model three as a mainstream sedan for thirty five thousand dollars, but that's been difficult to achieve because Tesla's costs are so high isn't that right yet when they announced the car, and they and they've been bringing it out for the last year or so you'll on Mosca cassette. They couldn't launch it at thirty five thousand dollars because it just wouldn't have been sustainable that he needed the time in the kind of the scale of bringing out vehicles to lower that cost over time, and they really been pushing for that across the board. And so one of the things one of those levers is adjusting the of mount of workers they have at the company how much is the model three selling four right now. I understand I remember they lower the price by two thousand dollars not too long ago. Yeah, they lower the Lord all of the prices by two thousand dollars at the beginning of this year is the the US federal tax credit of begins to phase out a starting price. Of the model. Three currently is at forty four thousand dollars which is lower than it was but still not thirty five thousand dollars. It hasn't tesla really been ramping up production, and I guess, you know, tagged onto that it's still trying to boost production with fewer people there. So is to kind of levers, they're pulling right there. They're going to try to lower their costs and at the same time start producing more vehicles is kind of the classic way to do these things that the challenge for Tesla's that they spent all of last year really struggling to increase production at their Fremont factory here in California. The question is how many more vehicles how many more model threes. Can they pump out of that factory? They have broken ground on a new factory in China that is intended for that market. But that'll be a while before cars start coming out of there. It's a empty field. Essentially now there they need to build it. And it'll take time and they've also signalled and said they planned to open assembly plants in Europe at some point of. But we haven't had any of those details yet. So they're making the plans for having increased capacity in the future. But at this point, it's a little unclear exactly how many cars they have the ability to churn out on an annual basis. The layoff announcement was contained in a memo that Tesla's CEO Elon Musk sent out to employees early Friday. Very early Friday didn't musk also issue somewhat of a profit. Warning. You know, he said preliminary results showed tesla made a second straight quarterly profit in the most recent quarter, but that it will be difficult to repeat for the current quarter..

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Tesla to Cut Full-Time Workforce by 7%

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03:53 min | 3 years ago

Tesla to Cut Full-Time Workforce by 7%

"Electric vehicle maker tesla is cutting seven percent of its workforce the second round of layoffs in a year. It's part of a continuing effort by tesla to sell its model three sedan at a lower price. Tim Higgins covers tesla for the Wall Street Journal, and he joins us from San Francisco. First of all Tim isn't as a bid by tesla to stay profitable. While it lowers the price of the model three sedan. Yeah. Exactly Alon musk last year promise that the third and fourth quarters would be profitable. And in fact, when he surprised Wall Street with a third quarter profit that was a record for the company said that this was the the start of sustainable profitability going for forever. And so this is essentially a bid by him to continue to be profitable while at the same time lower the price of the model three to it's long been promised that it was going to be offered at a starting price of thirty five thousand dollars. But even from the get-go it hasn't been that price. How many layoffs are we talking about? Well, seven percent of the company the exact total isn't quite clear because the this is for seven percent of the fulltime workers. And they have a lot of contractors and part time workers in that in the total of about forty nine thousand. So we're talking about several thousand people use many as maybe three thousand something like that. Yeah. And this was again on top of a nine percent. Layoff announcement. I guess in June. Right. Yeah. Exactly Tesla's goal is to sell the model three as a mainstream sedan for thirty five thousand dollars, but that's been difficult to achieve because Tesla's costs are so high isn't that right yet when they announced the car, and they and they've been bringing it out for the last year or so you'll on Mosca cassette. They couldn't launch it at thirty five thousand dollars because it just wouldn't have been sustainable that he needed the time in the kind of the scale of bringing out vehicles to lower that cost over time, and they really been pushing for that across the board. And so one of the things one of those levers is adjusting the of mount of workers they have at the company how much is the model three selling four right now. I understand I remember they lower the price by two thousand dollars not too long ago. Yeah, they lower the Lord all of the prices by two thousand dollars at the beginning of this year is the the US federal tax credit of begins to phase out a starting price. Of the model. Three currently is at forty four thousand dollars which is lower than it was but still not thirty five thousand dollars. It hasn't tesla really been ramping up production, and I guess, you know, tagged onto that it's still trying to boost production with fewer people there. So is to kind of levers, they're pulling right there. They're going to try to lower their costs and at the same time start producing more vehicles is kind of the classic way to do these things that the challenge for Tesla's that they spent all of last year really struggling to increase production at their Fremont factory here in California. The question is how many more vehicles how many more model threes. Can they pump out of that factory? They have broken ground on a new factory in China that is intended for that market. But that'll be a while before cars start coming out of there. It's a empty field. Essentially now there they need to build it. And it'll take time and they've also signalled and said they planned to open assembly plants in Europe at some point of. But we haven't had any of those details yet. So they're making the plans for having increased capacity in the future. But at this point, it's a little unclear exactly how many cars they have the ability to churn out on an annual basis. The layoff announcement was contained in a memo that Tesla's CEO Elon Musk sent out to employees early Friday. Very early Friday didn't musk also issue somewhat of a profit. Warning. You know, he said preliminary results showed tesla made a second straight quarterly profit in the most recent quarter, but that it will be difficult to repeat for the current quarter..

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Netflix Earnings: A Mixed Bag as Competition Heats Up

WSJ Tech News Briefing

06:22 min | 3 years ago

Netflix Earnings: A Mixed Bag as Competition Heats Up

"This is tech news briefing. Im Tanya boosters reporting from the newsroom in New York and checking in on Netflix again this week after raising subscription prices net. Flicks had earnings to report on its to do list. And while it continued to expand its customer base at a rapid clip in the fourth quarter. Thanks to a swarm of new customers. Overseas could revenue miss and increase spending mean slower growth down the road. That's after these tech headlines. Facebook has removed pages and accounts linked to what it said were to Russian based misinformation campaigns the latest step to prevent misuse on its service, the company removed about five hundred pages and accounts on both Facebook and Instagram photo service, one of them operated in Ukraine with people behind the accounts representing themselves as Ukrainian and sharing. Local news stories the other campaign operated in central Asia as well a central and eastern Europe post represented as coming from independent news or general interest pages or about various topics, including anti-nato sentiment. Facebook said the pages and accounts in this campaign were linked to employees of Sputnik. A Moscow-based news agency Facebook said acted on the Ukrainian operation in particular after an initial tip from US law enforcement. Driverless cars tap, the breaks after years of hype the journals, Tim Higgins reports from this week's Detroit auto show that there is a lot of straight talk about vehicle safety, and let's call them scaled back expectations. Replacing last year's boastful claims a fully driverless cars, flooding cities, follow more of Tim Higgins, coverage of the Detroit auto show at wsJcom or the WSJ app. Johnson and Johnson said it has joined with apple on a research study. The goal is to test. The apple watches ability to help detect early irregular heart conditions before something life threatening happens Janssen, pharmaceuticals, which is part of Johnson and Johnson's family of research and development companies will work on the study the company will use its J J developed heart health monitoring app on the latest apple watch series. The apple help detect the irregular heart rhythm of people living with H Ryol for relation type of rid Mia that often goes unnoticed and can make them more prone to strokes. The study is the latest attempt to tap into the ability of the mobile device and test its ability to help monitor and improve health case in point apple has allowed medical researchers and developers to use its research kit and care kit platforms to create apps to start run and track. Their own clinical trials using apple watch tech coming up net. Flicks reported a jump and paid subscribers in the fourth quarter. But can keep attracting the binge-watching masses and for how long. Netflix added eight point eight million paid subscribers in its twenty eighteen final period that's up thirty four percent from year ago and exceeds both it's an analysts expectations by more than one million revenue grew twenty seven percent to four point nineteen billion dollars missing expectations over the company forecasts revenue growth of twenty one percent for the first quarter a pace that most media companies would relish, but below what is normal for Netflix. Let's get more. Joining us now on the line from Oregon is rob Enderle of the Enderle group, rob a low so a mixed bag. I guess is what we're supposed to call it, obviously, this comes just as we get big news of a price increase for our subscriptions. We definitely have been talking about net. Flicks this week. So I have to ask what's your impression about how what this does for momentum? What this does for any kind of sentiment in place among our investor friends right about now. Most certainly a lot of doubt. You don't wanna see a lot of difficulty with regard to any companies performance, and and certainly this would create that kind of a difficulty. So overall, I think they remained strong, but the, but this is about. So one of the one of the success stories here was user growth, mostly happened outside of the United States, though. That's actually something that we've talked about before. So do the international markets continue to command net. Flicks focus as of right now, our international prospects. Looking film was pretty good of remember you. We have such a thing your call saturation. And to a large extent one of the reasons while we're saying the growth outside of the United States to in it is that they're fairly well Thatcherite it in the United States for the most part people that wanted to use the service are using it of here. So that means they're growth potentials overseas, unless they can find a way to breakthrough that threshold and get people that currently are interested in the service describing it does seem like that. If there is something to be concerned about if you have any stake in Netflix is the tons didn't new forms of competition that keep popping up everywhere. We're shooting they are living in a streaming world. So what is Netflix sorting out? So it can better contend with everyone else. That's streaming out there. Well, the issue really I think for the most part growth and. And and overall power is Disney. Disney represents the biggest threat then that like in the segment their service has with it. Disney content, and that Disney content with regard to kids is unmatched in terms of how valuable it is. And how often it gets watch the same thing over and over again. So losing Disney and having Disney going going up on their own. I think represents the biggest problem they're going to have near term and business. Disney channel probably has the highest probability being very successful of all the challengers as such spending. It's got hold onto subscribers. It's got to make more money. It's got to keep up with all this competition. Certainly sounds like a time. When money is going to be spent if any think they're going to have to spend more the the municipal this is all out competition for dominance. And of course, if Disney's able the win in effect, they could absorb the content that that not like that up. So the end result is that this is really kind of fight to the death between both properties both. Our well-funded. Netflix stablishment his knee attempting to Disney park has the stronger brand. So the so this is this is going to be one of the ages say this guy's rob Enderle. Thanks as always that's it for the tech news briefing reporting from the newsroom in New York. I'm Tanya boost does thanks for listening.

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"tim higgins" Discussed on Instant Message

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02:18 min | 3 years ago

"tim higgins" Discussed on Instant Message

"Because we record this podcast day before it releases realized I'm always really nervous about talking about tesla because something crazy happens with tesla like every ten minutes, but to off twenty nineteen the company reported it like apple missed Wall Street's estimates on sales and said it's gonna cut the price of all of its vehicles. So last year was crazy for tesla as crazy as just about anybody and this year is apparently going to be more same. So Tim Higgins, our reporter in general young musk guru is here to explain. But I have to get him up here. What is rustling somebody eating chips Abbas cleaning my phone? I've never been in a tesla me neither. Okay, good. We're gonna talk about this mind guys. Never once. I went into the store, but they wouldn't let you take it test drive. Yeah. I just looked at the car, and I left I gotta say Mike species of Tesla's. They they live up to the height in terms of exhilarating. But the self-driving tech and them is so over. A terrifying. Tim Higgins podcast. Thank you. So explain what is going on with tesla. I feel like we got to the end of last year, and it was like Yulon musk had a crazy year. But tesla as a company seemed to be doing, okay. But then there's news this week. What what happened this week for twenty teen really test? The the story for the company was this struggle to make all these model threes because there was this belief. There's huge demand for this vehicle. Once they reach that rate. They would just be flowing out to the world. And then we got the results for the sales results for the fourth quarter. And they were impressive. You know for a small startup of fifteen years ago. It'd be hard to imagine that they almost sold a quarter million vehicles in a single year. But then the other thing is tesla announced. Hey, we're going to cut two thousand dollars off the price of this base car. That's spooked investors. As spooked Wall Street the concern there is that. Hey, you're struggling to make enough of these cars, supposedly, there's huge demand. Why are you cutting the price? It's kind of a supply and demand kind of question. You don't you have this kind of this power to sell it at a at a higher price and make more money off of these things that the challenge tesla. In fact, it's not selling it at thirty five thousand dollars in on must the CEO..

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Tesla Cuts Prices, Model 3 Deliveries Miss Target

WSJ What's News

04:28 min | 3 years ago

Tesla Cuts Prices, Model 3 Deliveries Miss Target

"Tesla says it will reduce prices on three of its electric vehicle models after it reported the global delivery is more than triple during the last quarter of two thousand eighteen those delivery numbers however were short of expectations. Tesla also said full your deliveries had a total of more than two hundred forty five thousand for two thousand eighteen that's more than double the previous year. Joining us from San Francisco with more is Wall Street Journal reporter, Tim Higgins, first of all Tim by how much will prices come down. Tesla says they're bringing the prices of their vehicles down by two thousand dollars. That's particularly meaningful for the model three which is Tesla's attempt at mass market car. Ilan must the CEO as long talked about having that vehicle cost thirty five thousand dollars. But he hasn't been able to sell it at that point yet and this new price cut brings it down to forty four thousand dollars. And there's some suggestion. The company keeps saying that they continue to push. Bring it down a lower in a later date, which other vehicles will see price cuts. Well, tesla is largely known these days for the model three the compact sedan, but the bread and butter has been previously the model S the large, Dan, and the model X the SUV model those vehicles amounted to about one hundred thousand the ical and twenty eight teen actually just short of a hundred thousand vehicles total and that was a missed for the company. Elon Musk had said that they were going to do one hundred thousand vehicles, basically what they did in twenty seventeen but came up just a just a hair short of that goal. Why is tesla cutting prices, Tim? Well, there's a couple of things going on here. Tesla for the last few years has benefited from a federal tax incentive that its customers can take advantage of if they bought an electric car here in the US that credit was was worth seventy five hundred dollars. It's being phased out because tesla has reached a sales milestone in the US of two. Hundred thousand so beginning January one of this year, it gets down at its haft. And then a later this year, it's decreased again, and then by next year it goes away. And so essentially what tesla is saying is that the they're trying to make up a little of that tax break that people were getting with this two thousand dollar decrease in price and to make it easier to get into vehicles. Okay. Now, you write that tesla said the total deliveries feel by increased production and sales of the model three sedan more than triple to ninety thousand seven hundred in the fourth quarter from nearly thirty thousand a year earlier, but that sort of missed the Mark analysts from facts that were expecting total deliveries of ninety two thousand fourth quarter deliveries of the model three rose to sixty three thousand one fifty from fifteen hundred fifty year earlier, a big jump at analysts still expected sixty four thousand nine hundred and Tesla's stock fell Wednesday after these deliveries came up short are deliver. Coming up short because demand slumping or their production problems. I know Elon Musk has wrestled with trying to boost production and also lowering the prices, why were the deliveries even though the jump seem rather impressive. Why were they disappointing? This is the challenge for tesla. And a lot of ways he eighteen was a banner year for them. Total sales went to almost two hundred fifty thousand units compared to a hundred thousand or so and twenty seventeen and even fewer than that in twenty sixteen. So that's dramatic growth. But it's at an expectation game Yuan must see oh had promised to build a half a million vehicles and twenty eighteen so he came up short in that regard part of that a big part of that is because the model three has turned out to be a lot harder to make any expected. It took him a lot longer to to ramp up production at the California factory where he's building them. And so it wasn't really. Still the second half of last year that tesla was able to start churning out the the model threes at a rate that could start to to meet the customer demand. Well, once they do that they had they struggled to put those vehicles in the hands of customers for logistic reasons. So they have seen dramatic sales growth, they missed their target there by a hair, if you will it tends to be that way for tests, and some of these things they they're getting closer to what they they.

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Waymo CEO says its tech would have handled Uber self-driving incident safely

WSJ What's News

10:38 min | 4 years ago

Waymo CEO says its tech would have handled Uber self-driving incident safely

"What's news from the Wall Street Journal, top stories and timely insights. I'm Charlie Turner in New York. We've learned more about the test operator of an Uber self driving car involved in a fatal accident. It's reignited a debate about autonomous vehicles and their operators more on this in a moment. I hear some top news headlines President, Donald Trump says he signed a one point, three trillion dollar spending measure averting, a government shutdown just hours after saying he was considering a veto Trump has been fuming because the package doesn't include protections for dreamer immigrants and doesn't provide enough money for his promised border wall. But Trump is pointing to major increases in military spending included in the Bill which he said he signed as a matter of national security. However, he issued this warning. There are a lot of things that I'm unhappy about in this Bill. There are a lot of things that we shouldn't have had in this Bill, but we were in a sense forced if we want to build our military, we were forced to have there is something. That we should have in the Bill. But I say to congress, I will never sign another Bill like this again. I'm not gonna do it again. The Bill keeps the government funded through September. China fired a retaliatory shot against the US Friday announcing plan tariffs against three billion dollars of American goods. Beijing said, is readying more actions against the Trump administration's proposed penalties on Chinese exports, President Trump Thursday, announced tariffs on as much as sixty billion dollars of Chinese products, a gunman demanding the release of the only surviving suspect of the two thousand fifteen Paris terrorist attacks killed three people Friday in a supermarket assault in southern France. Before he was shot dead by police. The attack in the town of trips has been described as a terrorist attack and has the latest in a string of attacks across Europe. In recent years back in the US government said, new home sales fell point, six percent in February while orders for durable goods rose, three point, one percent last month that was the strongest gain since June. Two thousand seventeen and cloud storage company. Dropbox had a strong debut on Wall Street Friday, opening at twenty nine dollars a share. Well above the twenty one dollars initial public offering price. The stock surge pushed drop boxes market cap above ten billion dollars coming up. We'll talk about the operator involved in an Uber self-driving fatal accident. This is what's news from the Wall Street Journal. Thanks for listening. Everyone. We've learned more about the test operator of an Uber self driving car involved in a fatal crash. Last Sunday Rafael Vasquez was in the vehicle that struck and killed a pedestrian who was walking or bicycle along the side of a road in Tempe, ARizona Vasquez background includes jail sentences and a history of traffic citations. The incident raises numerous questions about Uber testing process for self-driving technology. It's training procedures for drivers. Ober background checks and the viability of self driving technology, throw all that on top of Uber's pass legal woes and. Journal clashes which led to the replacement last year of CEO and founder. Travis kalanick's joining us is Wall Street Journal reporter, Tim Higgins, Tim first, let's talk about Raphael Vasquez. He was a convicted felon wasn't a. Yeah, he was and his offenses fell within the company's standard background check requirements. And he remains an employee at this point of the company, generally screens for criminal violations dating back seven years. And part of this policy gives a second chance to to folks who have made prior bad decisions according to the company and this this involved, I think a an attempted Bank robbery or something, and he was jailed for five years. Pretty serious stuff. Yeah. You received a five year sentence and local county in the little county and for attempted armed robbery in two thousand and serve the sentence concurrently with a one year sentence for false statements in nineteen. Ninety nine. But it also raises questions about the entire program that Uber uses in in that the self-driving industry uses in a lotta ways. This human safety operator is the last line of defense to ensure that the robot car doesn't do something catastrophic. The person is supposed to be attentive, looking at the road ready to grab the wheel in retake control. If the person becomes concerned about the row conditions, or if the robot starts to do things that don't seem right, or there's just some perceived danger. I've been in a lot of these cars for different companies, and everybody goes about it a little bit differently. Some really pushed their safety operators to be very diligent. I remember I was in a General Motors vehicle and San Francisco through their unit called cruise automation, which is developing self driving software. And I watched the safety operator and he kept his hands almost touching the wheel. I could hear the wheel moving between his fingers and he wasn't applying torque to turn the wheel. But he was there basically almost ready to grab it if need be. And that's part of the company's policy. In fact, it was at some point hard to know if he was driving the car was driving, and I had to ask the the, the folks that were giving me the demonstration and look at the computer to see because it was just he was that attentive to to what was going on. Compare that to some other scenarios that I've seen from other companies and some keep their hands on their laps, which you know maybe doesn't give enough time others keep it close to the wheel. I, it just kind of goes, goes a wide range of how these things go. And and we see with Uber programs that there's a wide range of who's allowed to be a safety operator, not a lot of companies wanna talk about this right now. But if you look at job ads, for example, you look at General Motors, cruise automation job ads, and and they're looking for a clean background check through for criminal and driving. And so it raises the question of why Uber was allowing this person behind the wheel, Tim heaven, video shown that a lot of these operators attentions tend to wander after a while. I think one video showed somebody she was paying attention for a while and then ended up doing or makeup. Yeah. When Google was first experimenting and testing with the idea of self driving cars. This was a number of years ago they put together several vehicles and give them to employees is to to commute to work, and they told their employees that you still have to be paying attention in. You might have to take control the vehicle and there's a camera in this car. We're going to be watching it. You need to stay vigilant. And what they found was people became very quickly accustomed to the vehicle driving, and then. They started doing other things that really horrified the the executives Google, including they saw through the video, one of their people sleeping one woman putting makeup on just general things that clearly indicate. They weren't paying attention to the driving situation and the yanked the program and really pivoted their development towards the idea of needing to be fully automated, that they couldn't put a commercial product in the road for a consumer to have that would be partially automated that it needs to be need to be humanness. So that's what they're working. And they've started deploying here in Phoenix where I am in the Phoenix area completely driverless cars, and they expect to have a robot taxi service commercially available later this year. But there's still this, this challenge the industry, and even even in Google, which is now known as Waymo for their self driving out for they still face this challenge of needing to test. Before the robot is fully capable of doing things. So there in between this rock in this heart place where they need to put the technology on the road to see if it works and they need to have a human behind the wheel, and but also, you know, the the humans are fallible and so we, we look at some of the people out there doing this. They have very stringent policies for their their safety operators, e- your sleep and sleep. You need to pull over and wake yourself up rules against using cell phones in the vehicle, these sorts of things. And and really one of the industry, there is no industry requirements or standards per se, but there is a kind of commonality that we have found across a number of these players. And that's that going to in the early days of testing, you're most likely to see the engineers who are most involved in developing this technology in the vehicles because they know what's going on and they're, they're trying to figure things out and is the program becomes more mature. Most of these companies wanna start getting more road mileage and more exp-. Experiments and more experience, and they expand their fleets to more to a more general driving employee base. Maybe people who aren't engineers, for example. And so they tend to have two people. One is the driver behind the wheel, ready to take control. And the other is in the passenger seat who's monitoring the the system software to try to understand what the car is seeing into helps look at the road and a lot of ways some industry in observers kind of look at this is to people are there to also kind of monitor each other to make sure that the team is working the way it's supposed to be almost like if you look at modern airplanes, these things are highly automated in some would say, perhaps you only need one person there to oversee the machine. But we insist on having a co pilot and pilot really their tobacco each other up. And so what we've seen as the autonomous cars get further and further along. They get more mature in the case of Waymo. For example, after years and years of using to safety operators, they began to in two thousand fifteen to to go to having perhaps one operator in a vehicle for more routine things, but still going to to operators when maybe they would be testing new hardware new software or driving in a new area that they didn't have experience with. But for now, Ober has suspended testing of self driving vehicles during the investigation of this accident. That's correct Wall Street Journal reporter, Tim Higgins. Thanks a lot, Tim. Thank you. And that's what's news. I'm Charlie Turner at the Wall Street Journal.

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At Uber, Troubling Signs Came Long Before A Fatal Self-Driving Crash

WSJ Tech News Briefing

08:21 min | 4 years ago

At Uber, Troubling Signs Came Long Before A Fatal Self-Driving Crash

"This is tech news briefing from the Wall Street Journal. Welcome. I'm Tanya Bush. Does reporting from the newsroom in New York coming up in the wake of the latest Uber controversy. What expert analysis says about how a self driving Uber car could have missed seeing a pedestrian made the first known fatality from a self driving vehicle. Look at whether Atanas car tech is ready for the complexities of city life. But I, the tech headlines. Sprint is working to bring artificial intelligence to its customer call centers within the next year. Not so much in an effort to replace human labour, but to augment it the effort, part of a broader step toward making the telecom company. More digital involves a partnership with adobe systems and an emphasis on deriving value from big data and analytics could the twenty eighteen Nissan leaf, be a worthy electric rival for the Chevy volt. The redesigned E V got an upgrade in range to one hundred fifty miles on full charge. The Wall Street Journal's Dan, Neil ponders. It's relative virtue and breaks down whether the electric car game is poised for a shake-up. You can read more at wsj.com, and here's a new gap to mind. Women in technology. The journal writes how tech career platform honeypot surveyed forty one countries and found the best place for women in tech, actually, maybe a country that wasn't the most equitable on any measure. The United States, female tech workers earn nearly twelve percent less than male peers, but make. By far the most nearly four times as much as their counterparts in South Korea and about twice as much as those in Turkey. Coming up in the wake of the latest Uber controversy, a look at whether self driving car TEK is ready for city life. This is the Wall Street Journal's tech news briefing. Uber continues to grapple with the fallout of the first known, pedestrian fatality caused by a self driving vehicle despite optimal road conditions of self, driving Uber car struck and killed a pedestrian walking across the street at night without appearing to break or veer. This is according to video released by the police this week, the incident raises questions about whether the sensors that serve as self driving vehicles is are ready for the complexities of city life here with more is the Wall Street Journal's Tim Higgins. Hi, Tim. So several autonomous vehicle experts have now been able to review video. Where do these see the system failure? How what is the official word from the expert opinions on this confounding about this crash in Tempe is that the road that the incident occurred on in a lotta ways is almost perfect for Thomas car testing. It's wide open well marked a lot of space. Happened at night when the laser sensors that these vehicles used would not have the kind of interference you might get during a sunny day. A lot of things there that you'd like to see for testing in a Thomas vehicle, but clearly something happened. And as they look at the route that the vehicle was going and speed and some of the details there, there's a large consensus from these experts that the system should have seen a woman with a bicycle walking across multiple lanes of traffic. This is essentially the promise of what this technology should be capable of doing, and they're questioning why didn't. Now there's some theories, maybe the system did see her and didn't understand what she was. And maybe there was some noise from the the sensors made it confused. Maybe she emerged from treat area and the sensors, head confusion and thought, maybe she was a tree or something like that, but the a lot of them keep coming back to this idea that she was in the middle of the road. If even if they didn't the car and understand her as being a pedestrian, it should have. Realized it was a large object was going to be in the way and the vehicle should have at least slowed down, tried to change lanes or you know, stop. And that's what these this group of people are talking about is they watch this video. To learn a little bit more about the specific tech involved in this and how it all comes together and works. Maybe a little insight into how this could have been avoided should all of the tech of been working the way it was supposed to who. So the car is self driving cars, see the world with a number of sensors, they use cameras to like you would normally to see things they, they pull the data into classify what they're seeing. The they see stop signs. They understand stop sign, they c- str- traffic lights. They can see the color of the lights, they know red and green win to go and to stop that sort of thing. They use laser sensors that shootout laser beams all around the car, and those beams bounce off objects to paint a picture of what the world is doing. Those early on reuse to map the world and increasingly are being used to detect things and understand what things are. You know, when you look at these so-called point clouds, it reminds me of what the computer in in the matrix sees that kind of world of kind of dot. It's kind of kind of. Trippy. The radar is also used to bounce seems off of of object so it can detect metal. They and go further than maybe the laser beam can can see. So if you're going at a higher rate of speed, you can kinda shoot it down the road and and be aware of there might be something up ahead that you need to worry about. And so all that data is then taken in combined and fused together and comes into the computer, the computer brain that then tries to understand what it's seeing in the world, and and then it classifies objects and says, okay, this is a pedestrian, hey, where is the pedestrian is what are what's the probability that this pedestrian is going to be in my way? What's the probability of car that I see is going to be in my way? What do I is a car need to do? And then it sends out that information to the vehicle to to make a decision on what it should do and how it should do it see, see the complexities in that advanced tack and some experts said the accident might have been more understandable. Had a person been driving the car leading to the very. Important question. Are these vehicles tech ready for the complexities of city life? Right? When you think about crashes involving human driver's, these things occur on a daily basis and in effect, as we talk about this, this unfortunate deaths that occurred in Tempe. The some people have have said, well, what about all the other pedestrian deaths that occur on a day to day basis and in those are tragic as well. But we humans tend to be maybe perhaps more understanding of another human making mistakes than we are of a machine. That's been one of the concerns of the developers of this technology for for some time. Now that a machine might make a mistake, and there'll be a rush to judgment against that machine to maybe made a mistake that was unavoidable. And that's what we don't know here. We don't know all the details yet. But one thing that kinda has emerged as the police issued released video that was taken from the car and we can see what those we can see what the road was like as it was just about to hit the woman, the pedestrian and we can. See what the there's a safety operator in their car was doing just before the incident as well. Now the video that shows the car going down the road. You know, there's a lot of empathy there from people because they they, you know, it's very hard to see the woman on the road. It seems like she just pops up at the last moment, and then there's this incident the the sensors, though they don't see that world like that. It's not dark to them the for their lasers and the radar. They're seeing their seeing their, they should be seeing things bouncing off of that object. And that's where the concern comes from the experts in this technology is that just because it was dark just because when you look at the camera, you didn't see it as the human eye, the robot I should have seen it. So that's, that's that's what's being talked about. Now the question of the safety operators also being raised as the safety operators are supposed to be attentive and ready to take control and case. The robot has a problem that this is not perfected technology yet, and new questions are being raised about well, was the person paying attention? Could the human being. Behind the wheel have seen this woman down the road? If the maybe we're happy, we're perhaps was paying more attention or we just don't know yet. The police have decided reminder that as far as we've come, they're stole a lot to figure out here, Tim Higgins, thanks as always for the latest. Thank you. Tim Higgins is the Wall Street Journal's technology reporter. You can read more of his coverage at wsj.com. This has been the Wall Street Journal tech news briefing reporting from the newsroom in New York. I'm Tanya boost does. Thanks for listening.

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