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Elon Musk. Photo: VCG/VCG via Getty Images

Tesla reported Q2 revenue of $4 billion and a loss of $3.06 a share on Wednesday, both of which missed analysts' predictions.

Why it matters: "Tesla Inc. burned through less cash than analysts’ expected last quarter and stood firm with CEO Elon Musk’s projection that profit is around the corner after years of losses," per Bloomberg. The earnings report was important for Tesla as concerns loom about Tesla's ability to be profitable, various production problems, and demand for the Model 3.

The details: According to Zacks, revenue was expected to hit $3.79 billion with losses of $2.71 per share.

  • Free cash flow was negative $739 million for the three months ended in June, whereas analysts were predicting the company would spend about $900 million — after spending about $1 billion the past three quarters, per Bloomberg.
  • Tesla's stock was down 3.4% through Wednesday’s close.

Tesla expects to produce 50,000-55,000 Model 3s next quarter, and wants to produce 6,000 Model 3 vehicles per week by late August, per the letter.

“It took 15 years to execute on our initial goal to produce an affordable, long-range electric vehicle that can also be highly profitable. In the second half of 2018, we expect, for the first time in our history, to become both sustainably profitable and cash flow positive.”
— Musk and Chief Financial Officer Deepak Ahuja wrote in the letter.

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Tech companies are sharing more information with law enforcement in a frantic effort to prevent violence around the inauguration, after the government was caught flat-footed by the Capitol siege.

Between the lines: Tech knows it will be held accountable for any further violence that turns out to have been planned online if it doesn't act to stop it.

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Uganda's election: Museveni declared winner, Wine claims fraud

Wine rejected the official results of the election. Photo: Sumy Sadruni/AFP via Getty

Yoweri Museveni was declared the winner of a sixth presidential term on Saturday, with official results giving him 59% to 35% for Bobi Wine, the singer-turned-opposition leader.

Why it matters: This announcement was predictable, as the election was neither free nor fair and Museveni had no intention of surrendering power after 35 years. But Wine — who posed a strong challenged to Museveni, particularly in urban areas, and was beaten and arrested during the campaign — has said he will present evidence of fraud. The big question is whether he will mobilize mass resistance in the streets.

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Episode 1: A premeditated lie lit the fire

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Beginning on election night 2020 and continuing through his final days in office, Donald Trump unraveled and dragged America with him, to the point that his followers sacked the U.S. Capitol with two weeks left in his term. Axios takes you inside the collapse of a president with a special series.

Episode 1: Trump’s refusal to believe the election results was premeditated. He had heard about the “red mirage” — the likelihood that early vote counts would tip more Republican than the final tallies — and he decided to exploit it.

"Jared, you call the Murdochs! Jason, you call Sammon and Hemmer!”