Electric car manufacturer Tesla Motors will start publicly trading stock on the Nasdaq on Tuesday, under the symbol TSLA. Tesla previously said it hoped to raise $178 million, but decided to upsize the IPO to $226 million and sell 13.3 million shares at $17 a piece.
After the IPO, Toyota will purchase an additional $50 million worth of stock, which – together with this IPO and previous investments, valued at over $750 million – brings the total amount of money invested in Tesla to over one billion.
Although Tesla is yet to make a profit, one can’t deny it’s one of the most exciting companies to go public in the last couple of years. Backed by large government loans, and fueled by a promise of a clean but also fast car, Tesla seems like a company of the future. On the other hand, Tesla’s inability to deliver on some of its promises (it had problems finding the right transmission () for the Roadster model, and in 2008 Tesla issued a safety recall for 345 of its Roadsters) makes buying its shares a risky investment.
Will you be buying Tesla shares? Do you think the IPO will be successful? Share your opinion in the comments.
Tuesday, June 29, 2010
Monday, June 28, 2010
Diapers for brides replace one of the traditional and important Maid of Honor tasks—holding up the bride’s dress while she pees—with an adult diaper. Diaper-wearing brides will have one more secret memory to treasure in their old age.
No matter how bulky the dress or how difficult it is to maneuver in the restroom, diapers for brides is one bridal secret that a bride should probably keep to herself.Bridal diapers seem to be more than just a hillbilly thang. When wedding dresses are just too complicated and require too much effort to urinate, some brides are finding bride diapers to be indisposable. Hopefully most bride's diapers are a "just in case" backup to handle the nervousness of the moment and as soon as the "I Do's" are exchanged the bride's diaper disappears. Otherwise, the bride's lovely fragrance may become rather offensive as the day and evening wears on. http://cdn.trendhunter.com/phpthumbnails/79643_2_468.jpeg (examiner)
Sunday, June 27, 2010
UPDATE (5/20/10): This offer has been extended to June 30, 2010.
We want all video creators and curators to put their YouTube channel URL on their business card. In fact, we'd like to think your YouTube channel deserves a place right next to your email address and cell phone number as necessities in this modern world.
To help make this dream a reality, we're offering you a pack of snazzy YouTube business cards for next to nothing, thanks to a partnership with MOO.com. For just the price of shipping and handling (about $6/£3/€4/your local currency if you choose standard shipping), you can get 50 high-quality "Watch Me on YouTube" business cards that you can design yourself. On the image side, you can put different thumbnails from your videos, your channel profile icon or a variation on your channel's design -- it's totally up to you. On the details side, you can choose which information you'd like to include (in addition to your channel name or URL) and also add a graphic. Here's an example of what they could look like:
We've put together an FAQ which we recommend you read before starting your order. It also contains links to graphics and badges you can use on your cards and other helpful suggestions.
Once you're ready, click here to order your cards.
Please note: only one pack per person, and this offer is only until supplies last or until May 21, whichever comes first.
We also ask that if you order cards, please make a video showing us how they turned out, using the tag "ytmoo" so we can find it. We'd love to highlight some of the most creative cards in our Creator's Corner and on the MOO site, and brag about you generally.
Feel free to leave a comment below with questions; otherwise, to order your pack, click here.
Friday, June 25, 2010
I think babies and animals are cute, but why do people use them as profile photos? Looking over my friends' pictures it seems that I am friends with several babies, dogs, cats, and even a bicycle. What is the deal? Seriously, this is not a retorical question, I really want to know. Are these kids, babies, objects the summation of your being, and thus it makes sense to use them as a representation of yourself? I understand that people love their kids, and that is all well and good, but I'm not friends with their kids, no am I. If I am I'll friend them on thier Facebook page. I am definatly not friends with their animals or their mode of tranportation. If you have any insight or opinion please leave it on this blog, and not Facebook.
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Thursday, June 24, 2010
Velocity Yahoo! has plugged its YQL web query language into a third-party API that lets developers access and analyze a sea of Twitter data dating back to 2006.
"This is the real strength of YQL," Yahoo! technical evangelist Tom Hughes-Croucher told The Reg this morning at the net-infrastructure-obsessed Velocity conference in Santa Clara, California. "It's not that YQL does everything. It's that we make it easier to use services that do the things you want."
YQL — the Yahoo! Query Language — is an umbrella API that lets app developers query, filter, and join data across disparate web services offered up by Yahoo! and the web at large. InfoChimps — yes, InfoChimps, a startup based on Austin, Texas — recently introduced a beta Query API that includes several calls for crunching old Twitter data, and Yahoo! has teamed with the startup to provide a Chimpified YQL interface.
InfoChimp offers, for instance, a call dubbed Trstrank, which uses an algorithm "similar to Google PageRank" that attempts to determine the influence of a particular Twitter user. "A developer could use YQL to generate search results from Twitter, pass them through a call...to order them...and reveal not just what's being said on Twitter, but what's being said by the Twitter big guns," InfoChimps' Sarah Nordquist said of the new YQL interface in a blog post.
As the name implies, YQL mimics MySQL. "Rather than thinking about specific databases, we're thinking about an SQL-like language that treats the internet as one big database," YQL product lead Jonathan Trevor previously told The Reg. But as Hughes-Croucher tells us, there are times when the analogy breaks down. "It's really like SQL, but there are a few differences because we're dealing with web services," he said. "We can't, say, do joins unless the web service supports it."
But the language can enable joins by plugging into services like InfoChimp's. According to Hughes-Croucher, InfoChimp has moved all sorts of data — including Twitter data and US census data — onto number-crunching Hadoop clusters, and then, with YQL, you can make calls that let you tap pre-crunched data. "They'll let you do queries without hosting the data yourself," he said, "and we give you an interface in order to plug into that system."
The YQL API is available as its own web service, and the service includes a web console here (sign-in required), where you can browse example queries and test your own. YQL now offers access to about 800 data tables, including data from Yahoo! services like Flickr, plus The New York Times, Facebook, Yelp, Microsoft Bing, and Twitter. ®
Wednesday, June 23, 2010
A Wimbledon contest locked in an epic fifth-set battle has become the longest match in tennis history — and it's not over yet.
The first-round match between American John Isner and France's Nicolas Mahut, approaching 10 hours total and almost seven for the day, was suspended for the evening at 9 p.m. The fifth set stood at 59-59. A third day of play will begin tomorrow.
The match began Tuesday night and was suspended after four sets because of darkness. Wimbledon has no fifth-set tiebreakers.
"Let it end, let it end," moaned Guardian tennis blogger Xan Brooks in blow-by-blow coverage. "It was funny when it was 16-all and it was creepy when it was 26-all. ... Will nobody run onto the court and steal their rackets? Are they all too scared of the zombies' clutching claws and gore-stained teeth?"
The previous record was 6 hours and 33 minutes, set by Fabrice Santoro and Arnaud Clement at the French Open in 2004.
The winner will play the Netherlands' Thiemo de Bakker, who didn't advance easily himself: His final set this afternoon against Santiago Giraldo went to 16-14.
Before this match, Isner, 25, was perhaps most notable for his height: 6-foot-9. He holds the No. 19 ranking in men's singles; at Wimbledon, he is seeded 24th.
He was scheduled to play doubles today. That match was canceled.Advertisement
Google Voice, the popular and often controversial VoIP, voicemail, and messaging service from Mountain View search giant Google is now open for anyone in the U.S. to use.
Previously, you could only open a Google Voice account if you received an invitation from a user already participating in the program.
In May, Google opened the program to anybody with a .edu mail account, giving students and educators a shot at it.
But with already over one million users in the invitation-only version, Google has opened Voice to anyone.
"We're proud of the progress we've made with Google Voice over the last few years, and we're still just scratching the surface of what's possible when you combine your regular phone service with the latest web technology. It's even more amazing to think about how far communication has come over the last couple hundred years," Google said today.
To sign up for Google Voice, click here