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The Big Story 

Musk talks plans for new Tesla plant in Turkey

Tesla CEO Elon Musk and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan discussed the idea of creating a new factory during a Monday meeting in New York. 

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The Turkish president, who is in New York for the United Nations General Assembly, told Musk his country would be an attractive location for a new Tesla factory, according Turkish state media.

In his pitch, Erdoğan cited the country’s “technological breakthroughs” and vision in artificial intelligence (AI).

Many world leaders have been courting Musk after he said he would likely pick a location for a new factory by the end of the year, my colleague Sarah Fortinsky reported.

Recently, Musk said he would be building a factory in Mexico.

In addition to Musk’s chat with Erdoğan, the billionaire, who also owns X, the platform formerly known as Twitter, talked with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

The discussion with Netanyahu, who is kicking off a U.S. trip in California, centered on addressing antitsemitisim on X, The Associated Press reported.

Read more about Musk’s conversation with Erdoğan in a full report at

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Essential Reads 

How policy will be impacting the tech sector now and in the future:

The United Auto Workers (UAW) strike could have major political implications for President Biden, who has repeatedly framed himself as the most pro-labor president in history. Biden, who is running for reelection with a dismal approval rating, has worked to secure political support from blue-collar workers. But his pro-union bona fides and claims of U.S. manufacturing success are at stake with the strike, which his administration …

A month after a cyberattack targeted Clorox, the company says its earnings will take some time to rebound from the incident. The company had to take certain systems offline after it identified unauthorized activity on some of its information technology systems Aug. 14, it said in a regulatory filing Monday. Clorox then began manual ordering and processing procedures, which resulted in a reduced rate of operations. The company …

AUSTIN (KXAN) — From the classroom to the workplace, artificial Intelligence has made its way into several parts of our lives. But now, it’s in the church as well. The Violet Crown City Church in north Austin, Texas, hosted a Sunday service entirely created by AI. Pastor Jay Cooper said he used ChatGPT, whose technology can respond to questions and create a variety of content, such as articles, essays and emails. “ChatGPT …

The Refresh 

News we’ve flagged from the intersection of tech and other topics:

Mark Cuban lost nearly $1M in crypto scam

Billionaire Mark Cuban, who has been a vocal supporter of cryptcocurrency, lost nearly $1 million in a phishing scam, Motherboard reported

Disney, Charter to offer bundle service 

Charter and Disney have reached an agreement to offer bundled cable and streaming services for users in a deal that could further alter the future of cable TV, The Verge reported

On Our Radar 

Upcoming news themes and events we’re watching:

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The Senate Commerce Committee will consider nominations to Federal Trade Commission on Wednesday at 10 a.m. ET.
The American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers’ (ASCAP) holds the “Stand with Songwriters” advocacy day at the Capitol on Thursday in a push to ensure copyrights are protected amid the artificial intelligence boom.

In Other News 

Branch out with other reads on The Hill:

What to stream this week: Doja Cat, ‘Sex Education,’ ‘Spy Kids,’ ‘The Super Models’ and ‘Superpower’

The return of Netflix’s “Sex Education” with Gillian Anderson, Sean Penn’s documentary about Ukrainian leader Volodymyr Zelenskyy and a docuseries that charts the rise of the first supermodels are some of the new television, movies, music and games headed to a device near you Among the offerings …

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia’s government said Monday the online dating industry must improve safety standards or be forced to make changes through legislation, responding to research that says three-in-four Australian users suffer some form of sexual violence through the platforms. Communications …

What Others are Reading 

Two key stories on The Hill right now:

Attorney Joe Tacopina can continue representing former President Trump in his criminal hush money case, a state judge said, after finding Tacopina … Read more

Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) blasted the House GOP stopgap funding proposal on the Senate floor Monday, criticizing it for not including … Read more

What Others are Reading 

Opinions related to tech submitted to The Hill:

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You’re all caught up. See you tomorrow! 

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