Tesla made a record number of deliveries in the first quarter

🌏 Tesla’s Q1 record

Plus: Who is the investor behind Virgin Orbit’s failed rescue?
🌏 Tesla’s Q1 record

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Tesla made a record number of deliveries in the first quarter. Globally, the EV maker shipped 422,875 cars, an increase that came after it slashed prices in January to boost demand.

Swiss prosecutors probed UBS’s takeover of Credit Suisse. The government-backed deal has caused complaints among shareholders, who incurred losses in the transaction.

Huawei saw a big decline in annual profit. The Chinese telecommunications giant said strict pandemic restrictions and rising commodity prices hampered sales, but didn’t talk much about American chip sanctions.

Donald Trump’s arraignment was scheduled for April 4. The former US president is expected to turn himself in after being indicted in a case that centers on a $130,000 hush money payout to the adult film star Stormy Daniels.

Who is the investor behind Virgin Orbit’s failed rescue?

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According to a Virgin Orbit employee not authorized to speak publicly, the team at the rocket-maker was first elated by news of a potential rescuer, then dismayed by more of what they learned about Matthew Brown as the deal crumbled.

That’s an excerpt from Quartz reporter Tim Fernholz’s investigative story into Brown, the investor behind Virgin Orbit’s failed $200 million rescue. After weaving through a trail of questionable claims about his business experience, only one thing is for sure: As Fernholz writes, the future of Virgin Orbit and its employees no longer hangs in the hands of a 33 year-old investor—if it ever did. Read the full story.

The fully remote crowd is shrinking

Despite several large firms predicting that remote work would be a permanent option, if not the only one for their employees moving forward, something is shifting: a hybrid situation, it turns out, is winning.

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Graphic: Michelle Cheng

Is this shift happening at your company, and if so, how is it being handled? We’re currently accepting submissions for our annual Best Companies for Remote Workers report, and we want to know if your company, whether it’s fully remote or not, should make our list!

West Africa is revving up its electric bike fleet

3,750,000: Tons of carbon emitted by zems, or motorcycles, in Benin each year

The roads of the west African nation of 13 million people are filled with zems, but that transportation mainstay could lose its prominence as more electric bikes hit the pavement. And you might be surprised where all those e-bikes are being imported from.

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