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Tesla hires one of Apple's top software guys

Elon Musk's car company has hired Chris Lattner to lead its Autopilot software team—a big hire as Lattner is credited with creating Apple's mobile programming language, Swift.

Irony: Musk once called Apple "a Tesla graveyard," adding, "If you don't make it at Tesla, you go work at Apple."

Tesla's clear message: Its Autopilot software is top priority.

  • Tesla made its name as an electric car company, but autonomous cars are its ultimate goal.
  • Its Autopilot software is a critical part of its self-driving technology, and Tesla has chosen an expert who has developed something as fundamental as a programming language.
David Plouffe will help Mark Zuckerberg's philanthropic efforts

Obama's 2008 presidential campaign manager is headed to the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative to lead public policy efforts. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and his wife, Priscilla Chan, formed the organization in late 2015 to take on ambitious goals like curing human diseases and improving education.

That's not all: Ken Mehlman, who managed Bush's 2004 presidential campaign, will lead the organization's new public policy advisory board while continuing to work for KKR, a private equity firm.

What it means: Zuckerberg is gearing up to take on big political battles for his philanthropic quests. It's also hard to ignore that Plouffe's other job in Silicon Valley is to advise Uber, a company known for its aggressive tactics and occasionally loose interpretation of laws.

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  1. Health: Coronavirus deaths reach 4,000 per day as hospitals remain in crisis mode — CDC warns highly transmissible coronavirus variant could become dominant in U.S. in March.
  2. Politics: Biden says, "We will manage the hell out of" vaccine distribution — Biden taps ex-FDA chief to lead Operation Warp Speed amid rollout of COVID plan — Widow of GOP congressman-elect who died of COVID-19 will run to fill his seat.
  3. Vaccine: Battling Black mistrust of the vaccines"Pharmacy deserts" could become vaccine deserts — Instacart to give $25 to shoppers who get vaccine.
  4. Economy: Unemployment filings explode againFed chair: No interest rate hike coming any time soon —  Inflation rose more than expected in December.
  5. World: WHO team arrives in China to investigate pandemic origins.

NRA declares bankruptcy, says it will reincorporate in Texas

Wayne LaPierre of the National Rifle Association (NRA) speaks during CPAC in 2016. Photo: Saul Loeb/AFP via Getty Images

The National Rifle Association said Friday it has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy and will seek to reincorporate in Texas, calling New York, where it is currently registered, a "toxic political environment."

The big picture: The move comes just months after New York Attorney General Letitia James filed a lawsuit to dissolve the NRA, alleging the group committed fraud by diverting roughly $64 million in charitable donations over three years to support reckless spending by its executives.

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Biden: "We will manage the hell out of" vaccine distribution

Joe Biden. Photo: Chip Somodevilla / Getty Images

President-elect Joe Biden promised to invoke the Defense Production Act to increase vaccine manufacturing, as he outlined a five-point plan to administer 100 million COVID-19 vaccinations in the first months of his presidency.

Why it matters: With the Center for Disease Control and Prevention warning of a more contagious variant of the coronavirus, Biden is trying to establish how he’ll approach the pandemic differently than President Trump.