TechSummit Rewind #022: May 8, 2015

Editor’s Note: This is the TechSummit Rewind, a daily look at the top technology headlines.

US telecoms try to kill net neutrality by blocking key rules

AT&T, CenturyLink and multiple industry groups have sent filings to the FCC asking the agency to block specific procedures, not the rules themselves. They want to stop the Commission from both reclassifying the Internet as a utility and implementing a standard that prevents providers from “unreasonably interfering” with your internet access.

Microsoft Office 2016 Public Preview now available

Despite Office 2016 still getting its finishing touches in Redmond, Microsoft is cutting it loose in public preview.

As of today, normal people can get an early look and offer feedback on the new features. You’ll gain access to OneDrive attachments in Outlook, real-time co-authoring and retooled applications that learn how you work to help you out. In Excel, there are updated charts and graphs alongside one-click forecasting and more data analysis tools.

New beginnings at Tesla

Used cars start getting sold on the web

The automaker has opened an online pre-owned store where you can buy someone’s old Model S at a relative discount. You’re limited to shopping in a handful of US and Canadian cities, but the cars come with a four-year, 50,000-mile warranty.

First acquisition: Michigan auto parts maker

Tesla acquired tool and die shop Riviera Tool, which is based in Grand Rapids, MI (roughly 150 miles west of Detroit). The shop makes automotive stamping parts. Rivera Tool will eventually become Tesla Tool and Die, according to the Detroit Free Press, and will retain all current employees.

“We are excited to have reached a deal with Riviera and have a presence in the state of Michigan and bring additional tool building capabilities in-house. This acquisition will help us to build new stamping and plastic parts in a cost effective manner, support new metal forming technology development, and allow us to increase production as we introduce more models.”

-A Tesla spokeswoman


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