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Ex-Tesla autopilot exec joins VC firm Greylock

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Stuart Bowers, who most recently helped run Tesla's Autopilot division, has joined venture capital firm Greylock Partners as an executive-in-residence to work with its portfolio companies (possibly including autonomous vehicle plays like Aurora and Nuro).

The intrigue: Before Tesla, Bowers worked at Snap, Facebook and Microsoft. The common thread, he says, is "big software infrastructure problems."

Walmart sues Tesla over solar panel fires

In this image, Elon Musk looks down while standing in front of a microphone. He's wearing a suit with no tie.
Elon Musk on March 2, 2019. Photo: Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images

Walmart filed a lawsuit against Tesla on Tuesday, alleging that "no fewer than seven Walmart stores" experienced fires due to Tesla's solar panel systems as of November 2018.

Catch up quick: More than 240 Walmart stores have leased or licensed roof space to Tesla for solar panels. The lawsuit says, "Many of the problems stemmed from a rushed, negligent approach" to installation by Tesla. It also accuses energy service company SolarCity, which Tesla acquired in 2016, of using "an ill-considered business model" that installed panels "haphazardly" to "turn a profit."