10 things in tech: Tesla homes - Biden v Big Tech - New tech hubs

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10 things in tech: Tesla homes - Biden v Big Tech - New tech hubs
Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg. The tech giant fired dozens of employees over abuses of user data. Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images

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1. Facebook fired dozens of employees for abusing access to user data. Between 2014 and 2015, the company fired 52 workers who exploited the data for personal means - including an engineer who used it to find a woman who left him after a fight. More on that here.

2. Bill Gates discussed "messing up" in his marriage at Sun Valley's billionaire summer camp. In an "off the record" Q&A session at the conference, Gates emotionally discussed his divorce from Melinda French Gates. Here's what attendees said about his response.

3. Tesla and real-estate giant Brookfield are building a neighborhood in Austin full of renewable-energy tech. The move marks the first formal neighborhood Tesla is building from the ground up, and the homes will be equipped with Tesla solar roofs and battery storage. Learn more about the houses here.

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4. A soccer NFT trading startup is closing in on the biggest-ever round in French tech. Japanese investment giant SoftBank is set to lead a $530 million round into Sorare, which allows fans to trade digital playing cards. Take a look at the details of the deal here.

5. A new report shows tech workers are flocking to 10 unexpected cities. The report ranked cities - large and small - with the highest concentrations of tech workers. See where tech employees are moving.

6. 3D printers could transform the fashion industry. Being able to download, print out, and recycle your clothes - all by using a personal printer - is a step toward a more sustainable fashion future, according to Refinery29. Read up on the power of personal 3D printers.

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7. Elon Musk claimed he turned down "several high-paid jobs" on Wall Street. During a court case on Tesla's acquisition of SolarCity, Musk said he turned the jobs down to focus on the booming tech industry. Here are four more of his wild remarks - including that he "hates" running Tesla.

8. An 82-year-old is heading to space with Blue Origin and Virgin Galactic. Aviator Wally Funk, who is joining Jeff Bezos in space later this month, also plans on taking the Virgin Galactic trip she paid $200,000 for over a decade ago. Get the details on her adventures.

9. Ahead of its IPO, Bird says business is rebounding - but key investor Fidelity doesn't appear convinced. Fidelity has slashed the value of its shares, disclosing that its Bird stake was worth half of what it was late last year. Here's what else you need to know.

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10. Seven powerful people in Biden's administration are pushing to break up Big Tech. His recent executive order encouraging antitrust agencies to be more aggressive with enforcement opened a new front in the federal government's battle to rein in tech giants. Meet the seven advisers at the forefront.


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Compiled by Jordan Erb. Tips/comments? Email jerb@insider.com or tweet @JordanParkerErb.

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