Happy April Fool's Day, Austin! We treaded carefully through prank-heavy news and tech sites this morning to bring you some of the most buzzed-about tech stories this Friday.
Demand for Tesla's new, less expensive model draws huge lines.
Yesterday everyone was talking about electric car maker Tesla. That's because people were standing in long lines all over the world to put down $1,000 deposits to snag the new $35,000 Tesla Model 3. (Yes, there were lines even in Austin.) Hopefully these folks are cool with delayed gratification, as the car won't be delivered for 18 months. And Re/code has a great breakdown of what is included in the Model 3, such as a 215-mile range.
The FBI has become an iPhone-unlocking expert now.
After figuring out how to unlock the iPhone in the investigation into the San Bernardino shooting, the agency is now helping prosecutors in Arkansas unlock iPhones in a murder investigation. The Next Web reports that it's fair to say the agency will probably be using its iPhone-unlocking talents in 63 other cases involving locked iPhones.
Siri has a better response to "I was raped."
After a study was released documenting how various voice-recognition software programs handled questions about rape and domestic violence (they would say things like "I don't understand"), Apple's Siri has updated its response to the "I was raped" statement to offer a link to the NationalSexual Assault Hotline. Apparently, CNN reports, these changes have been in place since March 17.
Companies aren't doing IPOs anymore.
The Wall Street Journal (paywall) reports that the market for initial public offerings is in its slowest period since the first quarter of 2009, both in total money raised and in number of deals. This information comes courtesy of data provider Dealogic. This is puzzling, the Journal notes, because the stock market has been doing well in recent weeks.
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