Upcoming: Tesla Model S this week. Plus Microsoft tablet today, Amazon cloud-music enhancement in July?

A tablet, an electric car, music in the cloud, oh my.

• There are some interesting tech-related (possible) launches in the near future, but here’s one with implications beyond the tech world: Tesla Motors is set to roll out its Model S sedan at the end of the week. There’s plenty riding on it, from validation for Tesla to the future of electric vehicles and U.S. manufacturing. Dana Hull of the Mercury News writes that it is the “tech industry’s most disruptive product launch of the year.” The Palo Alto company has said it has more than 10,000 reservations for the Model S, Tesla’s second electric vehicle and its first built at the former NUMMI plant in Fremont.

Tesla shares are up more than 6 percent to about $31.85 as of this post.

• What’s on the menu today, Microsoft’s mysterious Monday? As GMSV mentioned Friday, there’s a lot of tablet talk surrounding what the company calls a “major” event in Los Angeles scheduled for this afternoon (3:30 p.m. PST). Well, the continuing speculation is reaching almost Apple product-launch proportions, with guesses ranging from an e-reader to an Xbox tablet controller. If it’s a plain old Microsoft-branded tablet, it’s being announced before a Google-branded tablet, which is expected to be unveiled at the Google I/O developers conference next week.

Shares of Microsoft are down nearly 1 percent to about $29.75 as of this post, amid a mostly positive day for tech stocks.

• Finally, Amazon.com’s cloud-based music has been blessed by the United States’ four major record labels, according to a couple of reports. The agreements, with Universal Music Group, Sony Music Entertainment, EMI and Warner Music Group, will make Amazon the second online-music provider behind Apple to offer cloud-based music with licensing rights, reportedly starting next month. While CNet’s Greg Sandoval says it’s unclear how Amazon’s service will change, it will likely eliminate the need for users to upload their digital music files to the company’s servers before being able to listen to them on the cloud — a process that has been described as excruciatingly slow and cumbersome. Google‘s music service requires users to do this, and Sandoval points out that it now is the only company among the “big 3” that has yet to reach a similar agreement with the labels.

Amazon shares are up 1.75 percent to $222.17 as of this post.


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