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10 things in tech you need to know today (TSLA, TWTR, AAPL, AMZN, NFLX)

Good morning! Here's the technology news you need to know this Monday morning.

1. Around 400 Tesla employees were fired just as production begins for the Model 3. A spokesperson for the company said that the departures were due to annual performance reviews.

2. Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey promised to introduce "aggressive" new rules after women boycotted it. The new rules will cover "unwanted sexual advances, non-consensual nudity, hate symbols, violent groups, and tweets that glorifies violence," Dorsey said.

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Lending Club founder Renaud Laplanche opens up on his 'frustrating' exit and new startup Upgrade

Renaud Laplanche resigned as CEO of Lending Club last year amid loan selling scandal. Back with new startup Upgrade, an online lending platform with credit scoring features. Upgrade wants to launch one new product a year, with plans for mortgages, auto loans, and more.

LONDON — Renaud Laplanche tries to "keep a positive attitude rather than focus on my frustration" when it comes to Lending Club.

"It's hard — I have good days and bad days," the Frenchman told Business Insider at the LendIt Europe conference in London this week.

Laplanche cofounded US marketplace lender Lending Club in 2006 and


Jake Tapper presses Rex Tillerson to answer whether he called Trump a moron

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Sunday again refused to deny that he called President Donald Trump a moron after a meeting earlier this year.

Asked in an interview on CNN about his comments, which have been independently reported by multiple media outlets, Tillerson said he was "not going to dignify that question."

"I am not going to deal with that petty stuff," Tillerson said. "This is a town that seems to relish gossip, rumor, innuendo, and they feed on it. They feed on one another in a very destructive way."

Host Jake Tapper continued to press Tillerson.

"When you don't answer the question, it makes people think you probably did say it," Tapper said. "But either way, whatever happened, it is serious. So can you please clear it up?"

"As I said Jake, I'm not playing," Tillerson responded.

The CNN host pointed out that Tillerson still hadn't answered the question.


6 people from around the world share what it's like to have nationally mandated work vacation

Among 21 wealthy, developed nations, the United States is the only country with a federal government that doesn't guarantee workers paid-time off.

Instead, it's up to employers to give their workers vacation days.

The result has been that many people hardly take any time at all, either because they are committed to their job or they fear coming across as lazy.

To see what the US might be missing out on, Business Insider spoke with a handful of people who live in countries where the government guarantees time off. Here's what they said.

Sweden: 6 weeks off per year

How much time do you take?


Amazon has triggered a $5 billion bidding war — here are the craziest proposals for its new headquarters

After Amazon announced in September that it will build a second headquarters in an undetermined location, more than 50 North American cities concocted bids to persuade the company to choose them.

The company's new campus, called HQ2, will bring 50,000 new jobs. Amazon will invest $5 billion in its construction, making the offer one of the largest corporate-civic opportunities in recent American history.

Proposals are not due until October 19, but many cities have already disclosed their plans to woo Amazon. And some are more extreme than others.

Here are a few of the most out-there bids.

Dallas, Texas — A development that would surround a proposed station for a $15 billion bullet train

Trump officials carefully thread the needle on explaining why the US is disavowing the Iran deal
President Donald Trump refused to certify that Iran was in compliance with the nuclear agreement on Friday. Top administration officials defended his decision on the Sunday political shows. It's up to Congress what happens to the deal next.

The top foreign policy officials in President Donald Trump's administration carefully attempted to thread the needle on Trump's decision not to certify the Iranian nuclear deal.

Negotiated by former President Barack Obama's administration and finalized in 2015, the multinational nuclear agreement significantly reduces Iran's nuclear weapons capabilities in exchange for relieving crippling economic sanctions imposed on the country. On Friday, Trump refused to certify that Iran was in compliance with the agreement.


Hustler Magazine founder takes out full-page ad offering $10 million for information that could lead to Trump's impeachment

Larry Flynt, the founder of Hustler Magazine, bought a full-page ad in The Washington Post on Sunday, offering $10 million to anyone with information that could lead to President Donald Trump's impeachment.

The ad said there was a strong reason to believe the 2016 election was "illegitimate in many ways" because


8 real interview questions you may hear if you want to work at tech companies like Facebook and LinkedIn

Job interviews are tricky, so it helps to know what you're up against.

Researching the company extensively beforehand certainly helps. So does compiling some quality questions to ask.

You can also scour job sites like Glassdoor to try to compile and prepare for commonly asked questions.

Fortunately, some CEOs, recruiters, and HR representatives at top companies are quite open about the questions they like to put to candidates.

Here are some questions you might get during interviews at tech companies like Facebook, LinkedIn, and PayPal, according to the people asking them:

'What are you doing on your best day?' — Facebook

This question is all about tapping into a candidate's motivations and drive. And there's no right answer.


Viruses discovered a century ago may be our best defense against a threat that could kill 10 million people a year by 2050 (APBH)

Antibiotic resistance — the phenomenon in which bacteria stop responding to certain antibiotics — is a growing threat around the world.

It's expected to kill 10 million people annually by 2050.

And it hasn't been easy to develop new drugs in order to stay ahead of the problem. Many major pharmaceutical companies have stopped developing new antibiotics, and the drugs that are still in development have faced numerous stumbling blocks toward approval.

So some drugmakers are starting to turn to other solutions, including one that's actually had a fairly long history: phage therapy.


6 executives who make a point of leaving the office before dark

Working long hours has become a status symbol in the US.

Sometimes that example is set by a company's top executives, who are in the office from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m., then sending emails until midnight.

But some execs are forging a different path, showing the importance of work-life balance by limiting their hours in the office. Below, find six execs who have spoken publicly about their commitment to leaving their desk at a reasonable hour.

True, most of these execs log on before and/or after they're physically in the office, but they value flexibility in terms of hours and location — not only for themselves, but also for their employees.

Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg leaves the office at 5:30 p.m. sharp every day.