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Stock surge makes Tesla the worlds most valuable automaker

EnlargeAurich Lawson vs Disney One share of Tesla stock traded for more than $1,130 on Wednesday, pushing the company's market capitalization to nearly $210 billion. That sent Tesla's market cap past Toyota, which is worth either $170 billion or $203 billion, depending on how you count it. Tesla is now the world's most valuable car company. It's a remarkable milestone for a company that sells far fewer cars than its leading rivals. Toyota and its subsidiaries sold 10.7 million vehicles in 2019, while Volkswagen and its subsidiaries sold almost 11 million vehicles. Tesla sold a comparatively tiny 367,500 vehicles last year. But Wall Street is apparently very optimistic about Tesla's prospects for future growth and profits. Many experts expect a global shift to battery electric vehicles over the next decade or two, and Tesla is leading that revolution. Tesla's Model 3 was by far the most popular battery electric vehicle in 2019. It sold 300,000 vehicles, a..

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Uncovered: 1,000 phrases that incorrectly trigger Alexa, Siri, and Google Assistant

EnlargeSchönherr et al. As Alexa, Google Home, Siri, and other voice assistants have become fixtures in millions of homes, privacy advocates have grown concerned that their near-constant listening to nearby conversations could pose more risk than benefit to users. New research suggests the privacy threat may be greater than previously thought. The findings demonstrate how common it is for dialog in TV shows and other sources to produce false triggers that cause the devices to turn on, sometimes sending nearby sounds to Amazon, Apple, Google, or other manufacturers. In all, researchers uncovered more than 1,000 word sequences—including those from Game of Thrones, Modern Family, House of Cards, and news broadcasts—that incorrectly trigger the devices. “The devices are intentionally programmed in a somewhat forgiving manner, because they are supposed to be able to understand their humans,” one of the researchers, Dorothea Kolossa, said. “Therefore, they are more likely to start up once ..

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Even amidst a pandemic, SpaceX is launching more than ever

Falcon 9 leaps off SLC-40 Tuesday with the 3rd GPS-III satellite for the United States Space Force / Air Force. Trevor Mahlmann This is the first time the United States Space Force logo has graced the SpaceX Falcon 9 payload fairing. Trevor Mahlmann The gray stripe at the bottom of the second stage is to keep the RP-1 fuel warm enough during longer coast periods. Trevor Mahlmann Falcon 9 B1060.1 standing vertically on LC-40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in advance of the GPS-III SV03 launch for the United States Air Force. Trevor Mahlmann A close-up of the number "60" atop the first stage of Falcon 9. Trevor Mahlmann The number 60 also graces the bottom of the first stage, but this is much more challenging to see on subsequent flights due to the soot buildup. Trevor Mahlmann This new booster, 1060, will add to the fleet of used rockets SpaceX has available. Trevor Mahlmann Clouds make for a nice launch. Trevor Mahlmann The Falcon 9 rocket's performanc..

UK Politics

MoveOn Endorses Biden, Says Hes Running on Progressive Platform

The political action committee MoveOn said members voted to endorse Joe Biden, the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee, for president. Biden, 77, won 82.4 percent of votes case by MoveOn members, the group announced Wednesday. MoveOn endorsed Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) in 2016. Sanders lost to former First Lady Hillary Clinton in the Democratic primary. “MoveOns millions of members are ready to mobilize together in support of Joe Biden, working to turn out voters in key states and ensure that Donald Trump is a one-term president,” Rahna Epting, the groups political action executive director, said in a statement. “Donald Trump is racist, corrupt, immoral, and incompetent. He must be voted out. Joe Biden is a leader who listens, who is running on the most progressive platform in Democratic Party history, and whose election would create an opportunity for the big, structural changes this country needs.” MoveOn was launched in 1998. Its initial focus was to convince lawmakers..

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Czech President Says All Lives Matter Calling Black Lives Matter Slogan Racist

Czech President Milos Zeman said “the slogan Black Lives Matter is a racist slogan because all lives matter,” in a speech delivered at the celebration of U.S. Independence Day at the American Embassy in Prague on June 30. “I am here not only as an independent citizen, I am here also as a friend of America. … And in both positions, I say that the slogan Black Lives Matter is a racist slogan because all lives matter,” Zeman said at the celebration. “We celebrate the independence of citizens, of the faith, and of the nations,” he said. He said the independence of citizens is under attack in both the Czech Republic and the United States. “This danger cannot be omitted. And we must face it,” he added referring to recent street riots, toppling monuments, and burning cars taking place in both countries. Some people who take part in these events declare themselves “value leaders, or even opinion leaders,” Zeman said. “We need free thinking, we need common sense,” he said, we “do not need ..

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Federal Judge Sets Aside Trump Administrations Third-Country Asylum Rule

A federal judge blocked the Trump administrations rule that requires asylum seekers to first seek protection in countries they had passed through on their way to the U.S.-Mexico border. The rule, known as the “third-country asylum rule,” aims to reduce the number of meritless asylum claims that placed an overwhelming strain on the U.S. immigration system. It operates under the premise that the asylum seekers who are fleeing their countries of origin because of fear persecution or torture on the basis of race, religion, nationality, membership in a particular social group, or political opinion should first seek protection in the first safe country they reach. U.S. District Judge Timothy Kelly in Washington ruled late Tuesday that the Trump administration had not followed federal law known as the Administrative Procedure Act (APA) when the rule was issued in July 2019. Kelly said the rule was “unlawfully promulgated” because the federal government failed to abide by the APAs notice-and..

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Trump Says Black Lives Matter Mural in NYC Would Denigrate Fifth Ave

President Donald Trump on Wednesday said New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is wrong for painting “Black Lives Matter” along Fifth Avenue in Manhattan, describing the slogan as a “symbol of hate.” “NYC is cutting Police $s by ONE BILLION DOLLARS, and yet the @NYCMayor is going to paint a big, expensive yellow Black Lives Matter sign on Fifth Avenue, denigrating this luxury avenue,” Trump wrote on Twitter. The president was responding to the City Councils decision to pass a measure that would cut $1 billion from the New York City Police Department (NYPD) amid a spike in violent crime in the city, including random attacks on elderly people. Trump said the budget cuts, which were enacted after protesters and activists called to defund the police, will “further antagonize New Yorks Finest,” referring to NYPD officers. “Maybe our GREAT Police, who have been neutralized and scorned by a mayor who hates & disrespects them, wont let this symbol of hate be affixed to New Yorks greatest stre..

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President Threatens to Veto Military Funding Package Because of Amendment

President Donald Trump warned that he would veto crucial legislation that funds the military for the 2021 fiscal year, unless an amendment proposed by Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), aimed at renaming military assets named after Confederate leaders, is taken out. “I will Veto the Defense Authorization Bill if the Elizabeth Pocahontas Warren (of all people!) Amendment, which will lead to the renaming (plus other bad things!) of Fort Bragg, Fort Robert E. Lee, and many other Military Bases from which we won Two World Wars, is in the Bill!” Trump wrote in a tweet Tuesday. In this file photo, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (R) (D-Mass.) Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) express their outrage that a huge, $1.1 trillion spending bill approved by the then Republican-controlled House contained changes to the 2010 Dodd-Frank law, on Dec. 10, 2014, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (J. Scott Applewhite/AP Photo) Senate Armed Services Committee earlier this month approved Warrens amendment to be included in t..

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Hickenlooper Wins Democratic Primary for Key US Senate Seat in Colorado

WASHINGTON—Former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper shrugged off a series of campaign stumbles to win the states Democratic Senate nomination on June 30, beating a progressive challenger in a race vital to the partys hopes of regaining Senate control in November. Hickenloopers victory sets up a high-profile Nov. 3 showdown with conservative Republican Sen. Cory Gardner, considered one of the countrys most vulnerable incumbents and a top target for Democrats. With more than three-quarters of precincts reporting, Hickenlooper led by nearly 20 percentage points over Andrew Romanoff, a former Colorado House speaker who had touted progressive priorities such as Medicare for All that were opposed by the more moderate Hickenlooper. After his win, Hickenlooper made it clear in a video address to supporters that he would tie Gardner, who has been closely aligned with Republican President Donald Trump, directly to what he said were Trumps failed policies. Former Colorado Governor John Hickenlo..

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CIA Filed Crimes Report in Russia Leak Case: OBrien

A crimes report was filed by the CIA with the Department of Justice over a leak, national security adviser Robert OBrien said July 1. Raw intelligence that suggested the Russians might be offering bounties to kill U.S. soldiers was leaked to The New York Times and other outlets. Data from the DOJ shows the number of classified leaks surged since President Donald Trump took office, White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany said this week, from 39 per year on average to 104 on average. “We have seen targeted leaks of classified information against this president, and it is irresponsible: phone calls with foreign leaders, meetings with government officials, and now reports of alleged intelligence. Make no mistake: This damages our ability, as a nation, to collect intelligence,” she said. The leak makes difficult to verify or debunk the raw intelligence regarding Russia, OBrien told reporters outside the White House on July 1. “Some leaker took it upon themselves in an effort to at..

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