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Elon Musk joined President-elect Trump’s business advisory team.

Among his many pursuits this year, Musk will build out a solar cell and manufacturing plant in Buffalo, New York in partnership with Panasonic. The venture is slated to bring over 1,200 new jobs to the region and further leverage the state’s efforts to increase renewable energy production.

Musk remains busy. From pumping up lithium ion battery development, to leveraging Tesla to acquire Solar City, the expansion of his companies in mid-market cities promises to offer routes to long-term job growth and opportunities for reinvention.

I’m waiting in anticipation for my Model 3 to arrive at the end of 2017 (I’m counting on delays). Unfortunately, I’ll have to head to Raleigh to pick it up after a nasty fight in Charlotte between the DMV and traditional car dealers resulted in Tesla having to back down from selling directly to customers within the city.

Perhaps Musk’s new appointment will mean influential policy direction for state regulators grappling with loosening the reigns on emerging markets like self-driving cars, solar roofs, and electric cars for the better interest of a changing economy.



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Cuba Opens its First Computer Factory

The factory is only capable of producing 120,000 devices per year, and Chinese electronics giant Haier is shouldering a lot of the responsibility by supplying equipment, tech and training.




[VIDEO] Black Girls Code Founder On Importance Of Diversity And Women In Technology

Kimberly Bryant explains the need for inclusion in the computer science industry, and getting girls to start coding at a younger age.




A Woke Wikipedia: Reference Site Tries to Expand Editor Rank

Not surprisingly, given that the organization’s earliest supporters were software geeks, its entries often reflect the concerns and biases of a group that’s overwhelmingly white and, according to several surveys of Wikipedia editors, about 85 percent male.





The Fine Line Between Following Customer Data And Trusting Your Own Vision

Design and growth hacking expert Qu Harrison on the perils of how too much emphasis on Big Data can blur vision and execution of the creative process.




An App to Help Black Women With Hair Care

Jennifer Lambert, left, and Jihan Thompson are the founders of Swivel, a beauty booking app that connects minority women with salons that know how to care for textured hair.



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