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Re/wind: Elon Musk's "D," HP Breaks Up and More

Tesla's new all-wheel-drive car, HP splits into two companies and more.

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Missed the big headlines from the past week? Don’t worry, Re/code has you covered:

  1. After teasing it on Twitter earlier this week, Elon Musk finally unveiled the “D” — an all-wheel drive version of the Tesla Model S. You’ll find the technical specs of the car here, and context on the announcement here. On Wednesday, Musk talked a bit about why he prefers tunnels over flying cars at the Vanity Fair New Establishment Summit.
  2. At the beginning of the week, HP announced plans to split itself into two companies — one focused on personal computing, the other on enterprise products. In an interview with Re/code, HP CEO Meg Whitman stressed that breaking up was the right thing to do. The split will cause HP to shed 5,000 jobs and may herald an acquisition or merger of some sort.
  3. Here’s a handy, easy-to-read explainer on the “GamerGate” controversy and a guide to its jargon as well.
  4. Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella told an audience at the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing that women should trust in “karma” rather than ask for raises. After realizing he said something stupid, Nadella quickly issued a statement apologizing for his remarks.
  5. On Thursday, investor Carl Icahn tweeted that he had a big message for Apple. On Friday he delivered it, publishing an open letter calling for the company to do a share buyback.
  6. In a guest column for Re/code, Caryl Rivers and Rosalind C. Barnett, co-authors of the new book “The New Soft War on Women,” discussed “neurosexism” and how gender roles are created before a child ever sets foot in a science classroom. In another Re/code guest column, Andreessen Horowitz partner and former Microsoft exec Steven Sinofsky wrote about what tech companies can do to build a better workplace for women.
  7. If you want to get the most out of Facebook and make your feed a lot more tolerable, check out this handy guide. Hint: You’ve got to work to manipulate Facebook’s machine-learning algorithm.
  8. Instagram hired its first COO, former Facebook VP of global public policy Marne Levine.
  9. Hackathons aren’t usually supposed to make people laugh, but Comedy Hack Day isn’t a typical hackathon. Check out our write-up and videos of the event, and pay close attention to the wearable Furbys.
  10. Onstage at the Vanity Fair New Establishment Summit Wednesday, Google chairman Eric Schmidt, legendary journalist Bob Woodward, Republican senator Rand Paul and Kleiner Perkins partner John Doerr all agreed on one thing: Silicon Valley can make politics and education a whole lot better. Also, Snapchat CEO Evan Spiegel and former New York City mayor Mike Bloomberg chatted about journalists and “haters,” topics with which they’re both quite familiar.

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