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Elon Musk's new plane

No, we don't mean X Æ A-12.

Elon Musk's new plane

Elon Musk recently took ownership of a 2008 Gulfstream G550, like this one.

Image: Bernal Saborio

Sometimes, one plane just isn't enough, you know?

It looks like Elon Musk recently took ownership of a 2008 Gulfstream G550, for what we're hearing is about $14.3 million. It's registered to Falcon Landing LLC, which has the same address as SpaceX's headquarters, but it seems to be for Musk himself. (Though Tesla reportedly foots the bill for most of his travels.)

He's been shopping for at least two years, and evidently finally found his plane. I'm guessing it wasn't the Matterhorn White exterior or the Rolls-Royce engines, but the built-in printer that sold him. (Check out the full listing to take a look inside.)

For a guy who flies as much as 150,000 miles a year, maybe one plane really doesn't suffice. That, or little X Æ A-12 is about ready to start hitting the skies.

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Making the economy work for Black entrepreneurs

Funding for Black-owned startups needs to grow. That's just the start.

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Michael Froman is the vice chairman and president of Strategic Growth for Mastercard.

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Building better relationships in the age of all-remote work

How Stripe, Xero and ModSquad work with external partners and customers in Slack channels to build stronger, lasting relationships.

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Every business leader knows you can learn the most about your customers and partners by meeting them face-to-face. But in the wake of Covid-19, the kinds of conversations that were taking place over coffee, meals and in company halls are now relegated to video conferences—which can be less effective for nurturing relationships—and email.

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She exposed tech’s impact on people of color. Now, she’s on Biden’s team.

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Emily Birnbaum ( @birnbaum_e) is a tech policy reporter with Protocol. Her coverage focuses on the U.S. government's attempts to regulate one of the most powerful industries in the world, with a focus on antitrust, privacy and politics. Previously, she worked as a tech policy reporter with The Hill after spending several months as a breaking news reporter. She is a Bethesda, Maryland native and proud Kenyon College alumna.

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Blockchain, QR codes and your phone: the race to build vaccine passports

Digital verification systems could give people the freedom to work and travel. Here's how they could actually happen.

One day, you might not need to carry that physical passport around, either.

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There will come a time, hopefully in the near future, when you'll feel comfortable getting on a plane again. You might even stop at the lounge at the airport, head to the regional office when you land and maybe even see a concert that evening. This seemingly distant reality will depend upon vaccine rollouts continuing on schedule, an open-sourced digital verification system and, amazingly, the blockchain.

Several countries around the world have begun to prepare for what comes after vaccinations. Swaths of the population will be vaccinated before others, but that hasn't stopped industries decimated by the pandemic from pioneering ways to get some people back to work and play. One of the most promising efforts is the idea of a "vaccine passport," which would allow individuals to show proof that they've been vaccinated against COVID-19 in a way that could be verified by businesses to allow them to travel, work or relax in public without a great fear of spreading the virus.

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Google wants ties to HBCUs. Their leaders want respect.

Five HBCU presidents will meet with Google executives Friday to discuss company culture.

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Google's Sundar Pichai will meet with the leaders of five historically Black colleges and universities on Friday afternoon to discuss company culture in response to the still-simmering outrage over Google's firing of leading AI ethics researcher Timnit Gebru and other alleged instances of racial discrimination.

"We would like to know more about the atmosphere that we're sending our students into and want to ensure that students coming from Morgan are going into an environment that is going to prompt them to flourish," said Morgan State University President David Wilson. "We want to get [Pichai's] assessment on what we've been hearing publicly, and we want to make sure that we are getting feedback from him about if Google is looking at their internal environment, and I'd like for him to share about it."

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