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1. Tesla’s head of global finance is exiting the company. Justin McAnear, who serves at the automaker’s vice president of worldwide finance and operations, joined the automaker from Apple in 2015. Now, McAnear will be exiting Tesla as he assumes a new role as CFO for another company. It is not clear which company McAnear will be joining. His last day will be on October 7 and a number of existing team members will be assuming his responsibilities. According to The Verge, about 30 executives have exited the company since June 2018. — THE VERGE

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2. Uber is refreshing its brand. Gone is Uber’s circle logo, which was inspired by the “bit” and “atom.” Now, Uber’s new logo is a wordmark that reads “Uber,” beginning with a lowercase “u” in a custom-designed typeface “Uber Move.” The lowercase “u” is intentional, as the company wanted to use the right side of the “u” and the left side of the “b” to appear like two lines on a road. The app’s user interface will be redesigned and feature new secondary colors, animations and more. The redesigned app is now available for users. Uber last refreshed its brand two years ago. — ADWEEK

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3. Uber drivers chime in on the company’s refreshed brand. Over on the Uber People forums, henrygates says, “A sure sign of a stable company is constant rebranding…” Another driver, cableguynoe, said, “It’s all about innovation. Big companies are really pushing innovation. No one wants to stay the same right now. So they change for the sake of changing.” — UBER PEOPLE

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4. Uber drivers in Denmark could face steep fines for offering rides in the country. The country’s Supreme Court upheld large fines that have been issued to several Uber drivers in the country for operating without a taxi license when Uber was running its UberPop service in the market. Four drivers who received fines appealed their fines before the court, with fines ranging from $6,270 and $76,200. However, the court judged the fines to be appropriate. Uber pulled out of the country last year. The Associated Press reports that today’s judgement by the court paves the way for additional fines to be levied on past drivers in the country. — TECHCRUNCH

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5. After the latest over-the-air update, some Tesla drivers are reporting that Autopilot is not working. Jalopnik reports that Tesla told one driver that it’s a “known issue” internally and the company will have a fix by Friday. The latest update was intended to increase capabilities of Autopilot to increase on/off ramp maneuvers, improved traffic light and stop sign recognition and improved lane changes. But instead, some drivers are reporting a complete loss of functionality. It is unclear what is causing the issue or how many vehicles are affected. — JALOPNIK

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6. Volkswagen CEO expects the costs of electrifying its lineup to be higher than expected. The company originally earmarked $23 billion for the effort. Now, CEO Herbert Diess, says this figure won’t suffice. — INDUSTRY WEEK

7. Tesla is enabling free supercharging for vehicles along Hurricane Florence’s path. A Redditor spotted the notification, which also said it is giving some expanded battery capacity to some drivers. — REDDIT

8. For direct delivery customers, Tesla does offer a two day return policy. This was spotted by Redditor tesrella, with beastpilot saying, “Will be interesting to see the contract. Good chance it will block you from buying another Tesla for X time if you take them up on the return.” — REDDIT

9. Uber is planning to spend $150 million in Toronto to expand engineering and self-driving car development. This follows an investment from Toyota, as the companies work jointly on self-driving car development. — REUTERS

10. Tesla CEO Elon Musk says customers are experiencing longer response times. In a tweet, he said, “Due to a large increase in vehicle delivery volume in North America, Tesla customers may experience longer response times. Resolving this is our top priority.” — TWITTER

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This newsletter was written and curated by Johan Moreno. Johan is based out of Los Angeles, CA and has covered technology and automotive extensively for a variety of publications, including The Orange County Register. Follow him on Twitter @dudejohan

Editing team: Lon Harris (editor-in-chief at Inside.com, game-master at Screen Junkies), Krystle Vermes (Breaking news editor at Inside, B2B marketing news reporter, host of the "All Day Paranormal" podcast), and Susmita Baral (editor at Inside, recent bylines in NatGeo, Teen Vogue, and Quartz. Runs the biggest mac and cheese account on Instagram).

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