The “Handelsblatt” received 100 gigabytes of data from Tesla’s IT system. Also: Nvidia is scratching the trillion dollar mark and milestone for Elon Musk’s Neuralink.

The Tesla files could cause a lot of trouble for the company: European supervisory authorities are alarmed by the data leak.
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At the US electric car manufacturer Tesla there seems to have been a glitch on the subject of data protection: insiders have passed 100 gigabytes of data to the “Handelsblatt”, which is said to come from Tesla’s IT system. These Tesla files, as the German newspaper calls them, also give the impression that the car manufacturer has greater technical problems than previously thought.

A total of 23,000 files were submitted to the medium, indicating that data from customers, employees and business projects is inadequately protected. Among the files are Excel spreadsheets that appear to list the salaries and home addresses of over 100,000 current and former employees. Even more explosive, however, is a report describing problems with the Cybertruck, as well as documents documenting accidents involving the autopilot. These allow the assumption that the system is far from mature and that the safety of the driver is at risk. The newspaper notified Tesla of the data leak and subsequently received a letter from its in-house counsel, who said the whistleblower was a “disgruntled former employee.” Tesla would like the “Handelsblatt” to send the company a copy of the data and delete its own copies immediately. But the journalists would like to have 65 questions answered about the Tesla files, especially those that deal with the safety of Tesla’s customers. However, Tesla has not yet responded to this, according to the “Handelsblatt”. [Mehr bei Handelsblatt und Handelsblatt]

On Founder Scene: Over Let’s go! Students can plan parties and get to know others. Jan Hecker developed the app while he was a student himself. Now his startup has been Yodel accepted. How does it go from here? Is there a big relaunch of the former hype app? Our editor Maybrit Martschin has the answers for you. [Mehr bei Gründerszene]

And here are the other headlines of the night:

Nvidia could snag a spot in Wall Street’s most elite club practically overnight after its stock’s massive surge this week: According to Factset, the chipmaker catapulted its market value to just under $1 trillion by the end of the week. At the close of trading on Wednesday, the Californian company was still worth $755 billion. Nvidia would be the fifth publicly traded US company with a current value of one trillion dollars – after Apple, Microsoft, Alphabet and Amazon. [Mehr bei Wall Street Journal und CNBC]

Neuralink, Elon Musk’s brain implant company, says it has received approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to conduct human clinical trials. The startup is developing a small device consisting of wires fitted with electrodes that connects the brain to a computer. The approval is a milestone for the company, which was founded in 2016. [Mehr bei Bloomberg und Reuters]

Ford has with the competitor Tesla reached an agreement to allow customers of its electric vehicles to access the Tesla Supercharger network. The Ford F-150 Lightning, Mustang Mach-E and E-Transit vehicles can be powered with an adapter on 12,000 Superchargers across North America starting next year. The partnership makes Ford the first major automaker to adopt the so-called North American Charging Standard from its competitor Tesla. [Mehr bei Techcrunch und Bloomberg]

Layoffs: JPMorgan plans according to information from the agency Bloomberg mass layoffs after the takeover of the California-based First Republic Bank. Around 1,000 jobs are to be cut at the bank, which is popular with startups and in the tech scene. The job cuts affect about 15 percent of the 7,000 employees. [Mehr bei Bloomberg]

Ali Baba According to its own statements, plans to hire 15,000 employees this year. The Chinese e-commerce retailer has denied reports of layoffs. A statement published on Weibo on Thursday said that the “big six business units need to hire a total of 15,000 new employees.” The company announced that it would hire 3,000 college graduates. [Mehr bei South China Morning Post und Bloomberg]

Our reading tip on Gründerszene: Layoffs at the delivery service startup des Considerable-Makers Circus Kitchens: The startup laid off a total of 35 employees on Monday. The reasons for this vary. [Mehr bei Gründerszene]

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