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January 2016 concept car (Bizuayehu Tesfaye/AP)

Two years ago, a Chinese-backed company called Faraday Future surfaced in California with a billion dollars, stole two executives from Tesla and one from SpaceX, and at once was a challenger for dominance in the fashionable end of electric cars. It showed off outlandishly designed concept cars (like that above), and even matched Tesla by negotiating a tax-incentivized deal to build an enormous factory in Nevada.

All this has fallen apart with a Shanghai court's decision last week to freeze the assets of Faraday's main backer, Jia Yueting, and Faraday's abandonment of the plan to build a plant in Nevada, per Fortune. Tesla, meanwhile, is barreling ahead with the first customer deliveries of its mainstream-priced Model 3 later this month.

Why it matters: You are witnessing the downhill side of a free-for-all that built into an apex last year in electric cars and advanced batteries. Now, companies are falling by the wayside, and the strongest pushing forward. Yet we are only at the beginning of the curve of finding out whether mainstream buyers will buy large numbers of electrics.

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Ex-Theranos CEO describes alleged abuse by former boyfriend and company exec

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

On her fourth day of trial testimony, ex-Theranos CEO Elizabeth Holmes described her 10-year romantic relationship with former president Ramesh "Sunny" Balwani as controlling, and said he would sometimes "force me to have sex with him when I didn’t want to."

Why it matters: While Balwani has also been similarly charged with fraud, the two are being tried separately, in part because some of Holmes' defense hinges on blaming him.

Amazon ordered to redo union vote in Alabama

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A U.S. National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) official on Monday called for a re-vote in a union election at an Amazon warehouse in Bessemer, Alabama.

Why it matters: The move could set the stage for another organizing drive at the e-commerce giant, which has, so far, fought off unionizing efforts in the U.S.

Pentagon to probe 2019 Syria strike after reports of dozens of civilian casualties

Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin on Nov. 20. Photo: Mazen Mahdi/AFP via Getty Images

Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin has ordered a new investigation into a 2019 U.S. airstrike that killed around 80 people, including dozens of women and children in Syria, the New York Times reports.

Why it matters: The move comes after the Times reported this month that the Pentagon attempted to keep the strike and casualties under wraps, failing to investigate the decision behind it even after questions were raised internally.