5. As a part of a restructuring of its service department, Tesla fired many service employees across the US. The company maintains, however, that it is expanding service headcount. It is unclear how many employees Tesla fired or when they were let go. — ELECTREK
6. It’s official: Bird is acquiring competing shared scooter startup Scoot. The deal is reportedly worth around $70 million, which is a significantly lower price than its latest valuation. — WSJ
7. Former Ford CEO Doug Fields said the auto industry will likely face a “reckoning,” suggesting the industry should ease its expectations on electrification. — AUTO NEWS
8. Uber and Lyft are actively lobbying against a bill in California that would make independent contractors eligible for benefits and bargaining rights, advocating for alternatives. — CITY LAB
9. Electric utility company Southern California Edison is making it easier for potential EV buyers to estimate the cost of ownership of a vehicle within its jurisdiction. — CLEANTECHNICA
10. Uber has reportedly signed on to back Facebook’s upcoming block-chain project, Libra. Facebook has signed on more than a dozen companies, including Visa, MasterCard and PayPal, to back Libra. — WSJ
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