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SpaceX Accused Of Unlawfully Firing Employees Who Were Critical Of Elon Musk

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NEW YORK – A US labour agency has accused SpaceX of illegally terminating employees who signed an open letter critical of CEO Elon Musk and creating the impression that the rocket ship business was monitoring worker activity.

On Wednesday, a regional director for the National Labor Relations Board in Los Angeles filed a lawsuit against SpaceX that consolidated eight unfair labour practice claims. The claims derive from the alleged conduct of the firm following the distribution of the employees’ letter in June 2022.

Among other workplace concerns, the letter urged officials to criticize Musk’s public behaviour on X (then known as Twitter) and hold everyone accountable for bad behaviour. Musk’s actions included downplaying sexual harassment charges levelled against him, which the billionaire disputed.

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SpaceX Accused Of Unlawfully Firing Employees Who Were Critical Of Elon Musk

“As our CEO and most prominent spokesperson, Elon is seen as the face of SpaceX — every tweet that Elon sends is a de facto public statement by the company,” the letter said at the time. Musk’s actions were also described in the letter as a “frequent source of e

SpaceX Accused Of Unlawfully Firing Employees Who Were Critical Of Elon Musk

According to a November 2022 petition submitted to the NLRB on behalf of one of the employees, nine employees were soon terminated for their role in the letter. However, only eight are listed in Wednesday’s complaint.

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SpaceX did not immediately answer calls for comment from The Associated Press on Thursday.

In addition to the firings, the complaint accuses SpaceX of questioning other employees about the letter, publicizing that people had been fired for their involvement in the letter, and “inviting employees to quit if they disagreed with the behavior of Chief Executive Officer Elon Musk.”

According to the lawsuit, some employees were shown screen pictures of internal discussions concerning the letter, which “created the impression among (SpaceX’s) employees that their protected concerted activities were under surveillance.”

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SpaceX Accused Of Unlawfully Firing Employees Who Were Critical Of Elon Musk

According to the petition on Wednesday, the Hawthorne, California-based corporation has until mid-January to reply to the complaint. The lawsuit is the NLRB’s initial step in litigating these charges and attempting to settle them. If no settlement is reached, a hearing in Los Angeles will begin on March 5.

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Tesla Cuts The Price Of Its “Full Self Driving” System By A Third To $8,000

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NEW YORK — Tesla reduced the price of its “Full Self Driving” system — which cannot drive itself and requires drivers to remain attentive and ready to intervene — by nearly a third to $8,000 from $12,000, according to the company website.

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Tesla Cuts The Price Of Its “Full Self Driving” System By A Third To $8,000

Tesla CEO and billionaire Elon Musk stated in 2019 that there would be a fleet of robotaxis on the road by 2020, but that promise has yet to be fulfilled, and the system must still be supervised by humans.

The cutbacks, which took effect on Saturday, follow Tesla’s decision to trim $2,000 off the pricing of three of its five models in the United States late Friday. That is the most recent example of the difficulties that the electric vehicle manufacturer is facing.

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Tesla dropped the costs of its most popular model, the Model Y, a small SUV that is the best-selling electric vehicle in the United States, as well as the Models X and S, which are older and more expensive. Prices for the Model 3 car and Cybertruck remained unchanged.

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Tesla Cuts The Price Of Its “Full Self Driving” System By A Third To $8,000

The price cut comes a day after Tesla’s stock fell below $150 a share, wiping out all gains recorded in the previous year. The Austin, Texas-based company’s stock price has fallen almost 40% this year due to declining sales and growing competition. Discounted sticker prices are intended to entice more car purchasers.

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Japan’s Anti-Monopoly Body Orders Google To Fix Ad Search Limits Affecting Yahoo

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TOKYO — Japan’s antitrust authority stated Monday that Google, the US search giant, must rectify its advertising search restrictions that impact Yahoo in Japan.

The Japan Fair Trade Commission said in a statement that a recent investigation into Google’s activities revealed that it was hurting fair competition in the advertising sector.

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Yahoo Japan Corp., which later merged with the Japanese social media platform Line, began offering keyword-targeted search advertising services utilizing Google’s technology after the two businesses forged a partnership in 2010.

The FTC claims that Google imposed limits in its search advertising deal with Yahoo Japan for more than seven years, limiting its ability to compete in focused search ads.

An FTC investigation into whether this violated the Anti-Monopoly Law prompted Google to lift the limitations.

Google said in an emailed statement that it has fully cooperated with the commission’s investigation and that the agency has not determined that it has breached antitrust laws. It committed to follow the commission’s orders and provide “valuable” search services to Japanese consumers and marketers.

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Line Yahoo declined to comment.

Google will be subject to a three-year review to ensure that necessary improvements are implemented, according to the commission. It did not impose any fines or other penalties on Google, which remains popular in Japan.

The commission’s decision comes after another setback for Google in Japan. Japanese doctors launched a civil case against the corporation last week, seeking damages for what they call baseless, insulting, and frequently inaccurate statements.

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The Tokyo District Court lawsuit seeks 1.4 million yen ($9,400) in damages for 63 medical professionals who posted ratings on Google Maps.

Google responded by saying it is working “24 hours a day” to remove misleading or incorrect content on its platform, using human and technology resources “to delete fraudulent reviews.”

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Tesla reduces US prices for 3 of its electric vehicle models following a rough week.

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Tesla reduced the pricing of three of its five models in the United States by $2,000 late Friday, highlighting the issues facing the electric vehicle firm run by billionaire Elon Musk.

The business reduced the costs of the Model Y, a small SUV that is Tesla’s most popular model and the best-selling electric vehicle in the United States, as well as the versions X and S, which are older and more expensive versions. Prices for the Model 3 car and Cybertruck remained unchanged.

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Tesla cuts US prices for 3 of its electric vehicle models after a difficult week

The reductions dropped the starting price for a Model Y to $42,990, $72,990 for a Model S, and $77,990 for a Model X.

The decision comes a day after Tesla’s shares fell below $150 per share, wiping out all gains earned over the previous year. The Austin, Texas-based company’s stock price has fallen almost 40% this year due to declining sales and growing competition. Discounted sticker prices are intended to entice more car purchasers.

Musk announced early Saturday on X, the social media site that was previously known as Twitter, that the cost of an entry-level Tesla could be as low as $29,490 after accounting for a federal tax credit and gas savings.

Industry observers have been waiting for Tesla to unveil the Model 2, a tiny electric vehicle for approximately $25,000. This month’s media rumors that Musk intended to cancel the project added to uncertainty about the company’s direction, but Musk denied the reports.

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Tesla cuts US prices for 3 of its electric vehicle models after a difficult week

The price drops marked the end of a long workweek for Tesla, which said on Monday that it would be laying off 10% of its global workforce, or approximately 14,000 employees. The company also announced the recall of roughly 4,000 of its 2024 Cybertrucks after discovering that the accelerator pedal could become stuck, enabling the vehicle to accelerate accidentally and increasing the danger of a crash.

Musk stated on Saturday that he has postponed a planned weekend travel to India to meet with Prime Minister Narendra Modi due to “very heavy Tesla obligations.” He expressed on X that he was looking forward to rescheduling the visit for later this year.

Tesla is slated to report first-quarter profits on Tuesday.

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Tesla cuts US prices for 3 of its electric vehicle models after a difficult week

The business stated earlier this month that its global sales declined substantially from January to March as competition grew, electric car sales growth stagnated, and previous price cuts failed to attract additional buyers.

Tesla’s quarterly sales fell year on year for the first time in nearly four years.

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