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Inside Automotive (Apr 20th, 2018)

1. Tesla is facing an investigation in California over worker injuries. The state’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration will be investigating allegations of the automaker underreporting on-the-job illnesses and injuries. This comes after Reveal, a publication by the Center for Investigative Reporting, found that the automaker failed to note some serious injuries on legally mandated reports, which made Tesla’s injury reports look better than they actually are. Tesla has decried Reveal’s report as an “ideologically motivated attack by an extremist organization.” The Center for Investigative Reporting is a non-profit journalism organization, funded by grants and reader donations. - CNET

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2. Uber denies its CTO met with Cambridge Analytica. During a session in front of a UK parliament committee, former Cambridge Analytica employee Brittany Kaiser claimed that Cambridge Analytica’s executives had met with Uber CTO Thuan Pham in the past two years. Kaiser did not mention Pham by name. Uber said it could confirm that Pham never met with anyone at Cambridge Analytica, but could not say if anyone else on the Uber payroll had met with someone at the company. - TECHCRUNCH

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3. Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi had a second meeting with London’s transport chief over the ride-hailing company’s battle to keep its license in the city. Uber is appealing a decision made last September by the city’s transport regulator which stripped Uber of its license to operate in London. Khosrowshahi had met with  London’s Transport Commissioner Mike Brown in October and paid another visit in January. Since the ruling, Uber has made a series of changes to its business model, including the introduction of 24/7 phone support and proactive reporting of serious incidents to London’s police. - REUTERS

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4. Tesla announced a new round of its referral program. One to two qualifying referrals between May 1 and July 15 will give Tesla owners a signature black wall connector or a Founders Series model of the automaker’s Model S for Kids. Three referrals will get you an early access token for a solar roof, while four can get you a one-week test drive with a Model S or X or upgraded wheels. Five will give you a Founder Series Powerwall 2 or a Tesla unveiling invitation. As usual, owners can give up to five friends free, unlimited Supercharging with the purchase of any Model S or Model X. One referred owner also gets a credit for accessories. You can see the complete details here. — ELECTREK

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5. Cadillac President Johan de Nysschen has left the company. He spent about four years at the automaker, as he joined the company in 2012, previously serving as the head of Nissan’s luxury auto brand Infiniti and Audi. He will be replaced by Steve Carlisle, who most recently served as GM Canada’s president and managing director. It is not clear why de Nysschen left, but in response to the changes, GM said, “Looking forward, the world is changing rapidly, and, beginning with the launch of the new XT4, it is paramount that we capitalize immediately on the opportunities that arise from this rate of change. This move will further accelerate our efforts in that regard.” — JALOPNIK

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6. A developer points out that Elon Musk did not delete the Tesla and SpaceX pages from Facebook. Developer Ananay Arora explains that deleted pages tend to return a message saying the page “isn’t available” or “may have been removed.” Unpublished pages say the “content isn’t available right now,” which is what Tesla and SpaceX have done. Arora also found that the URL associated with the inactive Tesla page returns a status code that doesn’t coincide with a deleted page. Musk said he would delete both Tesla and SpaceX pages last month, following the Cambridge Analytica scandal. - TNW

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7. BUZZ: We’ve all seen analysts predict the demise of Tesla. But one hedge fund, Villas Capital Management, is extremely bearish on Tesla and has said the company’s demise will occur within the next three to six months. - BI

8: FROM THE FORUMS: On /r/TeslaMotors, Redditor /u/starblazer said his Model 3 stopped functioning while in drive. Other drivers shared their experiences about similar glitches they’ve experienced while driving their Model 3s. - REDDIT

9: LISTEN UP: Autoblog’s @gregmigliore talks about Tesla’s productivity claims and wonders whether the automaker can truly become profitable by the end of the year, considering that the automotive industry is an expensive business. - AUTOBLOG

10: WATCH THIS: Elon Musk once starred on The Big Bang Theory. Happy Friday! - YOUTUBE

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