August 26, 2022
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Good morning! Regulators in California have approved banning the sale of new gas-powered cars by 2035. And if history repeats, other states — and even countries — will follow suit.
California will ban all gas-powered cars from being sold in the state by 2035. And while questions still remain on exactly how manufacturers — and their suppliers — can make this work, the mandate could still help change the future of clean transportation.
The big question: Can automakers deliver? A growing number of automakers already have plans to electrify much, if not all, of their offerings, including GM, which plans to sell only zero-emissions vehicles by 2035. Other automakers aren’t far behind.
The mandate is good news for EV-only companies like Tesla and Rivian. Traditional automakers have the cash and manufacturing capabilities to make EVs, and could feasibly catch up — and surpass — industry leader Tesla. But they have a balancing act to perform as they continue selling gas-powered vehicles.
California’s mandate could be historic, and not just because it’s the largest auto market in the country. It’s also a trendsetter when it comes to clean transportation, which might make this a “world-changing approach to how we think about transportation,” Brian said. In fact, that’s already started happening.
— Nat Rubio-Licht
Did you hear that Twitter might turn itself into a podcast app? Which, I mean, sure, who doesn’t want to be a podcast app? The irony for those of us cursed with long memories is that Twitter was spun out of a podcasting app almost 16 years ago.
Twitter has never been able to say what it is. Evan Williams, who originally funded Twitter, and Jack Dorsey, who helped create it, disagreed fundamentally about what they’d unleashed on the world.
Now, Dorsey’s successor has narrative issues. Parag Agrawal doesn’t like the stories being told about Twitter: He told employees that whistleblower Peiter “Mudge” Zatko was creating a “false narrative” about the company.
Zuckerberg’s Twitter narrative is the only one that’s really stuck. Now we have a clown car guarding the gold mine. Twitter, because it is poorly run, has a mountain of technical debt, including its security. Yet there is still gold there for foreign spies, crypto scammers and others to exploit. Which is how we arrive at this juncture with Musk trying to grab the wheel. And presumably make the clown car self-driving or send it to Mars. Anything seems better than this.
— Owen Thomas
For Slack’s Sommer Panage, accessibility work is never finished. “A common challenge for companies is to say, ‘Oh, we made our product accessible. And now it's done,’” Panage told me. “But it's not the case.”
Panage joined Slack four months ago from Apple, where she worked on iOS accessibility, and has since helped focus Slack’s accessibility efforts. Here are a few takeaways from our conversation for anyone thinking about accessibility:
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Sen. Ed Markey is not excited about Amazon’s plans to turn Ring doorbell videos into a TV show:
After announcing the launch of a voter registration portal, Coinbase's Faryar Shirzad said crypto and Web3 are big topics of public interest:
Sandeep Pandey is leaving Twitter for Meta, where he'll reportedly work on AI and machine learning. Pandey has been with Twitter for about a decade and worked his way up to VP of engineering.
Tesa Aragones is now on the board of Dave, the fintech company. She previously served as chief marketing officer of Discord and VSCO.
Alan Black and Bob Beauchamp joined Nextiva’s board. Black is a former Zendesk CFO, and Beauchamp was the CEO of BMC Software.
Stacy Minero joined Epic Games Storeto lead marketing strategy for creator marketplaces. Minero previously led Twitter ArtHouse.
T-Mobile and SpaceX are working together to "end mobile dead zones," allowing T-Mobile users to be able to use messaging from the more remote parts of the U.S.
Twitter still has to hand Elon Musk dataon bots and spam accounts, but not as much as Musk originally asked for. A Delaware judge called Musk's original request to produce years of data "absurdly broad."
The U.S. and China are working on a deal to prevent Chinese companies from being pushed out of U.S. stock exchanges. An agreement could be reached as early as next month.
Meta’s adding a customer service teamthat’ll take complaints on accounts or posts being removed unexpectedly, following pressure from the Oversight Board.
Wondering where to operate your company’s data center? Centers in the Midwest tend to be the most carbon-intensive, whereas those in Europe are the least.
Heroku is getting rid of free plansin late November because of “fraud and abuse.” It'll also delete inactive accounts in October.
Affirm’s shares took a 13% fallyesterday after it reported a weaker-than-expected financial outlook.
Tesla wants an advocacy group to remove videos of its cars running over child-sized mannequins, calling them “defamatory” of its driver-assist tech.
Amazon signed a deal with Plug Power to supply it with hydrogen fuel, annually powering 30,000 forklifts and 800 heavy-duty trucks for the company.
Joe Rogan had Mark Zuckerberg on his show this week. Zuck talked about struggling to spend time on Twitter, Hunter Biden’s laptop and Meta’s VR headset, among other things.DoorDash said some customer details were accessed by an “unauthorized party." Payment card information, emails and delivery addresses were among the data that was stolen.
NASA’s Artemis mission will take astronauts back to the moon for the first time in decades, opening the door for the first woman and the first person of color to step on the moon — maybe as soon as 2025. After a year of delays, the first uncrewed launch is finally scheduled for next week. Don’t miss The Wall Street Journal’s explainer on the mission and what it means for the future of space travel.
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