May 30, 2018

Tesla wins back Consumer Reports after Model 3 update

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Tesla improved the software for its Model 3's antilock braking system, according to Consumer Reports, improving the car's braking distance by 19 feet after using an over-the-air update.

Why it matters: This improvement led to the Model 3 getting the magazine's endorsement, after CR refused to give its recommendation last week thanks to the vehicle's long stopping distance. Jake Fisher, director of auto testing at CR, said: "I’ve never seen a car that could improve its track performance with an over-the-air update.”

But, but, but: The Model 3 isn't totally out of the woods just yet. CR reports that testers "had other areas of concern as well," including the car's "uncomfortable rear seat," wind noise," "unique controls," and more. Tesla CEO Elon Musk told CR a fix to for those problems was underway.

What comes next: CR says it is "renting another Model 3 from Tesla," and will "report back on what we find."

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Coronavirus cases rise, as more Americans on cruise confirmed ill

Data: The Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins, the CDC, and China's NHC; Note: China refers to mainland China and the Diamond Princess is the cruise ship offshore Yokohama, Japan. Map: Danielle Alberti/Axios

A U.S. public health official confirms more than 40 Americans on the Diamond Princess cruise ship off Japan have coronavirus, while the remaining U.S. citizens without symptoms are being evacuated.

The big picture: COVID-19 has now killed at least 1,770 people and infected almost 70,000 others. Most cases and all but five of the deaths have occurred in mainland China. Taiwan confirmed its first death on Sunday, per multiple reports, in a 61-year-old man with underlying health conditions. Health officials were investigating how he became ill.

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Scoop: Inside the Trump campaign's big hedge on Facebook

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The Trump campaign has invested most of its advertising budget to date on Facebook, testing thousands of versions of ads per day to maximize its spending.

But behind the scenes, a source familiar with the campaign tells Axios, the thinking has shifted: "As everyone can see, we still have strong spending on Facebook, but the percentage of our total media budget [on Facebook] is shrinking."

Trump's revenge tour has the House in its sights

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In the lead-up to the 2018 midterm elections — buoyed by Republican control of both chambers — President Trump viewed campaigning for the House as a lower-tier priority and instead poured his energy into rallying for the Senate.

But after the GOP reckoning in 2018, and experiencing firsthand how damaging a Democratic-led House has been to him, Trump is now personally invested in helping Republicans regain the majority in November, several people familiar with his thinking tell Axios.