On topic: Tech news to know now

Here’s what’s on the TGIF menu.

Jeff Bezos is gaining on Bill Gates, is $5 billion away from becoming world’s richest person, after Amazon shares rose on earnings report. (Bloomberg)

Mark Zuckerberg toured a Ford assembly plant yesterday. Of course this once again prompts speculation about his political future. (His Facebook post)

Tesla’s Klaus Grohmann, the CEO of the German engineering company Tesla bought recently, reportedly ousted after clash with Elon Musk. (Reuters)

Speaking of Elon Musk, a tunnel-boring machine has been spotted at SpaceX. (San Gabriel Valley Tribune)

AOL CEO Tim Armstrong lays out who will be running what at Yahoo once the Verizon deal is complete. Yahoo co-founder David Filo will be on a “tech council.” (Recode)

China’s ride-sharing company Didi, which is Apple-backed, raises record $5 billion in funding. It’s now the world’s second most valuable startup behind Uber. (Bloomberg)

Top executives of Foxconn, including Chairman Terry Gou, visited the White House Thursday, as the big Apple supplier ponders a $7 billion investment in a U.S. display-making plant. (Reuters)

About 21,000 AT&T wireless workers prepare to strike. (Fortune)

 

Photo:¬†Jeff Bezos, CEO and founder of Amazon, introduces the new¬†Amazon Kindle Fire HD in Santa Monica, Calif., on Sept. 6, 2012. Amazon’s stock surge has helped Bezos climb up the world’s-wealthiest list. (Reed Saxon/AP)

 
 

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