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Neal Freyman, Matty Merritt, Max Knoblauch

MARKETS

Nasdaq

14,654.02

S&P

4,399.76

Dow

34,754.94

10-Year

1.577%

Bitcoin

$53,850.71

GM

$56.44

*Stock data as of market close, cryptocurrency data as of 7:00pm ET. Here's what these numbers mean.

  • Markets: Stocks continued their upward march after Democrats and Republicans came to a short-term agreement to raise the debt ceiling by $480 billion, which should be enough to cover the US' bills through Dec. 3. GM stock is on a roll after it gave more deets around its big EV pivot this week.
  • Covid: The best treat for kids could come right after Halloween. Pfizer and BioNTech asked the FDA to authorize their Covid vaccine for kids ages 5–11, and shots could be given as soon as Nov. 1.

TECH

California Leavin'

Elon Musk gestures during a visit at the Tesla Gigafactory plant under construction

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First Grimes, then California. CEO Elon Musk said Tesla is leaving Palo Alto, CA—its home since its founding in 2003—and heading to Austin, TX, where Tesla is building a massive factory complex.

"It's tough for people to afford houses, and people have to come in from far away....There's a limit to how big you can scale in the Bay Area," Musk said at the company's shareholder meeting yesterday.

He has a point.

  • A new report projected that the median price for a home in California will reach $834,000 in 2022, after growing 20% this year.
  • And Silicon Valley is even more expensive: A house in the metro area has a median price of $1.7 million.

Push and pull

The push: Tesla's relationship with California hit the rocks last year. Musk railed against the state's Covid restrictions in spring 2020, when he was forced to halt production at Tesla's plant in Fremont. He even called Alameda County's Covid restrictions "fascist" on an earnings call.

The pull: Musk personally moved to the Austin area from Los Angeles to be closer to his other two companies, SpaceX and the Boring Company, both of which have operations in Texas. Also a consideration for that move: Musk has an eye-watering compensation package tied to Tesla's performance, and if he chooses to sell his options he would have a much lower tax bill in Texas than in California.

But the company isn't totally leaving CA in the dust. Musk said that Tesla will ramp up output at its Fremont factory, and it's also building a new "Megafactory," which makes Tesla's energy storage product, in California's Central Valley.

Zoom out: We won't call it a mass exodus yet, but several high-profile tech firms have moved their HQs out of the Bay Area over the last year and a half. Oracle and Hewlett Packard left for Texas, and data analytics giant Palantir set up shop in Denver.—NF

        

ENTERTAINMENT

Let's Talk High-Yield Bonds

Daniel Craig as James Bond in 'No Time To Die' in a deeply scratched car.

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The 25th installment in the James Bond franchise and the last for Daniel Craig, No Time To Die, is hitting theaters across the US and Canada today after an 18-month pandemic delay. Forecasts suggest that 007 will make a big splash at the box office, and history suggests that he will absolutely demolish a very expensive car in the movie.

No Time To Die is expected to rake in $60–$70 million over its opening weekend, though some believe that figure could soar even higher. After all, last weekend Venom 2 beat expectations by around $30 million for a $90 million debut—and that's a movie about Spider-Man's parasite.

But every Bond flick has a villain, and No Time To Die has two: The film's franchise-record runtime of 2 hours and 43 minutes (which will decrease showtimes) and an older audience (a demographic that hasn't returned to theaters in the same numbers as younger moviegoers). Actually, three: Rami Malek is playing the bad guy.

Zoom out: A blockbuster No Time to Die showing would be on the nose for the struggling film industry, which lost $32 billion in 2020. —MK

        

TECH

Microsoft Might Actually Let Us In

Eric Andre screaming "Let me in!"

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After a battle with the shareholder advocacy group As You Sow, Microsoft has agreed to study the link between consumers repairing their own products and climate change, as well as loosen some repair restrictions. It's a major win for the right-to-repair movement.

Right-to-what now? The right-to-repair movement has pushed large manufacturers that make expensive gadgets to cool it with secretive manuals and strict warranty laws and allow consumers to FIY (fix it yourself).

  • As You Sow argued that if Microsoft consumers can't easily and cheaply fix their products without calling the Geek Squad, they're more likely to buy new ones, which contributes to e-waste and increased carbon emission from the production of the replacement devices.

Zoom out: Microsoft is the first US manufacturer that's signaled it's down to open the vault. But pressure is mounting for others to follow its lead. Investors also filed right-to-repair resolutions in September with Apple and John Deere. And in July the FTC formally announced it would support the repair revolution. —MM

        

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GRAB BAG

Key Performance Indicators

Terrence Williams of the Boston Celtics

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Stat: 18 former NBA players, including Terrence Williams, Glenn "Big Baby" Davis, and Tony Allen were charged in a scheme to lift nearly $4 million from the league's healthcare fund.

Quote: "We are the right company at the right time."

WeWork CEO Sandeep Mathrani showed off some impressive numbers during an investor presentation: September sales hit $228 million for their highest monthly total this year. WeWork, which has benefited from higher demand for flexible office space during Covid, is in the final stages of going public via SPAC.

Read: Anyone seen Tether's billions? (Bloomberg Businessweek)

        

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WHAT ELSE IS BREWING

  • Investigators from the US Coast Guard have boarded a cargo ship they think could have caused the oil leak off the coast of California.
  • The number of Americans getting Covid booster shots is outpacing those who are getting their first or second vaccine doses.
  • A Saudi-led consortium completed a takeover of the Premier League club Newcastle United after a long and bitter battle. Given Saudi Arabia's riches, Newcastle will now be one of the richest soccer teams in the world.
  • Used car prices rose to an all-time high in September, showing that inflation is sticking around longer than many expected.

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FROM THE CREW

How the Technoking Thinks

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The Brew's cofounder and executive chairman, Alex Lieberman, breaks down Elon Musk's powerful mental models that he used to create and grow his business on this YouTube special of Founder's Journal. Alex goes deep into the thought processes Elon uses to see what we can all learn from the self-styled Technoking of Tesla.

Watch here.

GAMES

Friday Puzzle

Today's Friday Puzzle is what's known as a Fermi Problem, which requires you to use logic to estimate a really large number.

Of the 1.9 billion acres of land in the contiguous 48 US states, how much is taken up by golf courses?

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ANSWER

The amount of land being used for golf courses is about 2 million acres as of 2018, according to Bloomberg.

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