10 things in tech: Tech power couples, Tesla recall, Poparazzi's 'privacy nightmare'

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1. Bill Gates and Warren Buffett are building a $1 billion “next-generation” nuclear reactor in Wyoming. Plants such as this one are said to be safer, more eco-friendly, and less costly than traditional plants. Get the full scoop here.

2. Tesla recalled nearly 8,000 vehicles over faulty seat belts. The recall covers certain Model 3 and Model Y Teslas. These are the exact cars being recalled.

3. What’s it really like to work with Jason Calacanis, Silicon Valley’s polarizing, Howard Stern-inspired angel investor? We spoke with 50 founders and VCs, who gave us an inside look into his world. Here’s what they told us.

4. Jeff Bezos seems to be creating a massive Beverly Hills estate worth as much as $175 million. Bezos has been scooping up properties since 2020, creating a sprawling compound. Take a look at what we know so far.

5. Tim Cook asked Apple employees to come back to the office three days a week. Starting in September, the CEO wants all employees primarily in-office – but will offer them two full weeks to work from home. More on his announcement.

6. Slack CEO Stewart Butterfield and Away’s Jen Rubio just had their first child together. They’re among over a dozen other leaders in the tech industry – including Miranda Kerr and Evan Spiegel – in relationships with powerful people. Here are 13 other power couples who rule the tech world.

7. McDonald’s is testing automated drive-thrus that can recognize your voice. The new tech mostly gets orders right – but employees have to step in 20% of the time. Here’s where to find the automated drive-thrus.

8. Facebook may finally moderate politicians’ speech on its platforms. The company has previously been hands-off on fact-checking political figures’ statements or moderating them for hate speech. More on the potential change here.

9. Photo-sharing app Poparazzi automatically follows all of its users’ phone contacts. Experts say it’s a privacy nightmare. The controversial growth strategy could have major consequences for user privacy and trust. What VCs are saying about the “cagey” tactic.

10. Ghost kitchens operators like Travis Kalanick’s CloudKitchens are expanding their business models. As competition heats up, the businesses are pivoting beyond the rent-a-space model – and some pioneers are opening as food hall-style spaces. More on the evolution of ghost kitchens.

Compiled by Jordan Erb. Tips/comments? Email jerb@insider.com or tweet @JordanParkerErb.

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