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Elon Musk’s No Good, Very Bad Year

Advertisement“This past year has been the most difficult and painful year of my career,” said Mr. Musk, the head of Tesla. “It was excruciating.”Elon Musk, the chief executive of Tesla and SpaceX, is facing an intense existential crisis. "From a personal pain standpoint, the worst is yet to come,” he said.CreditBrendan Smialowski/Agence France-Presse — Getty ImagesAug. 18, 2018Elon Musk is on the brink. In an emotional, hourlong interview with The New York Times, Mr. Musk, the chief executive of Tesla and SpaceX, described what he called the most difficult year of his career. Over the last 16 months, he has gone from seemingly on top of the…

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State of the Art: How Tech Companies Conquered America’s Cities

I’m not saying America’s cities are turning into dystopian technocapitalist hellscapes in which corporations operate every essential service and pull every civic string.But let’s take a tour of recent news from the metropolises.■ In Seattle, the City Council decided last week to undo its plan to impose a $275-per-employee tax on local businesses, a measure it had approved unanimously last month as a way to address the city’s homelessness and housing-affordability crisis. Why the retreat? Many of the city’s businesses balked at the tax, including Amazon — and no one needed to remind Seattleites that Amazon is very publicly looking for a second city to plant its…

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Chicago Says Elon Musk’s Boring Company to Build High-Speed Link to O’Hare

City officials hope for construction to begin within a year, and to last less than three years. But much remains uncertain. Mr. Emanuel’s administration must still negotiate a contract with the company. The Chicago City Council must give its blessing. Even if the project comes at no cost to taxpayers, it is unclear how extensive the costs would be: Early estimates have reached close to $1 billion.A project like this appears never to have been completed before. Mr. Musk’s company describes the Chicago project as a taste of the transportation future, a way to reduce congestion and to get around faster by traveling in underground tunnels on…

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