Tesla announces high profits in quarter where Musk was embroiled in scandals

Company made profit of $312m and revenues were at $6.82bn in period where Musk called diver ‘pedo’ and was fined by SEC

The last three months have been the worst of times and the best of times for Tesla. The troubled electric car company announced a surprisingly high profit on Wednesday, the same quarter in which it’s founder Elon Musk has spun way out of control.

Related: Elon Musk says ‘Teslaquila’ is ‘coming soon’ as Tesla files trademark

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Google abandons Berlin base after two years of resistance

Kreuzberg residents were concerned about tech giant’s unethical practices and gentrification driving up rents

Campaigners in a bohemian district of Berlin are celebrating after the internet giant Google abandoned strongly opposed plans to open a large campus there. The US firm had planned to set up an incubator for startup companies in Kreuzberg, one of the older districts in the west of the capital.

But the company’s German spokesman Ralf Bremer announced on Wednesday that the 3,000 square-metre (3,590 square-yard) space – planned to host offices, cafes and communal work areas – would instead go to two local humanitarian associations.

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Huawei Mate 20 Pro vs. Huawei Mate 10 Pro: How much better is the new flagship?

Huawei has taken the wraps off of the new Huawei Mate 20 Pro, the company’s latest and greatest smartphone. But last year’s Mate 10 Pro was also a hit. Is the new Mate 20 Pro really that much better than its predecessor? We compare them.

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Pixel 3 XL performance: stumbling on the road to perfection

Google Pixel 3 and its XL variant are the latest additions to the Pixel family that have arrived on the market with some minor flaws. This time, however, the problem seems more serious than expected – it involves RAM management. During our performance test we went in search of the origin of the slowdowns.

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Tim Cook calls for US federal privacy law to tackle ‘weaponized’ personal data

  • Apple CEO warns of ‘data industrial complex’
  • Facebook and Google chiefs also voice support for regulation

Apple‘s chief executive, Tim Cook, called on Wednesday for a federal privacy law in the US to protect against voracious internet companies hoarding so much digital data that the businesses know citizens “better than they know themselves” – and then often sell the information on.

Cook warned in a keynote speech that personal data was being “weaponized” against the public and endorsed tough privacy laws for both Europe and the US. The iPhone and Mac computer giant has stood out in its explicit declarations that Apple prefers to protect its customers’ personal data.

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Cathay Pacific hit by data leak affecting up to 9.4m passengers

Airline confirms passport numbers, email addresses and credit card data were accessed

The airline Cathay Pacific has announced that it has suffered a major data leak affecting up to 9.4 million passengers.

The Hong Kong flag carrier admitted on Wednesday that personal information including passport numbers, identity card numbers, email addresses and credit card details had been accessed.

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