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When Elon Musk wrote the 2013 white paper outlining the idea for a tube-based transportation system, he said he wasn't interested in building it himself. So three different startups raised hundreds of millions of dollars to do it. Now, it appears Musk wants to execute his idea after all, according to a Bloomberg report that was also confirmed by CNET.

Tunnel vision: Musk recently tweeted that he'd gotten "verbal government approval" to build a hyperloop between New York and Washington. The reports that Musk wants to jump into the race come the same week that one startup, Hyperloop One, said it made progress in testing its own system. Musk's interest could jeopardize the three startups that have raised a combined $200 million for their projects.

In a statement to Bloomberg, Musk's Boring Company (which wants to build roads through underground tunnels) said: "While we're encouraged that others are making some progress, we would like to accelerate the development of this technology as fast as possible."

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Sen. Kamala Harris at an event in Wilmington, Del. Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images

In her first sit-down interview since being named Joe Biden's running mate, Sen. Kamala Harris talked about what she'll do to fight for women if elected VP, and how the Democrats are thinking about voter turnout strategies ahead of November.

What they're saying: "In a Biden-Harris administration women are going to be a priority, understanding that women have many priorities and all of them must be acknowledged," Harris told The 19th*'s Errin Haines-Whack.

Facebook goes after Apple

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Facebook is seeking to force a face-off with Apple over its 30% in-app purchase commission fee, which Facebook suggests hurts small businesses struggling to get by during the pandemic.

The big picture: Facebook has never publicly gone after Apple, a key strategic partner, this aggressively. Both companies face antitrust scrutiny, which in Apple's case has centered on the very fee structure Facebook is now attacking.