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TUT Report: Ex-Trump adviser goes on Twitter rant; Uber CMO one of the best; Musk axes colors for Tesla cars

TUT is a summary of news from Twitter, Uber and Tesla
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Former Trump adviser George Papadopoulos launched a Twitter rant before going to jail two weeks

The former adviser of US President Donald Trump, George Papadopoulos, launched a Twitter rant before going to jail for a two-week sentence for lying to the FBI about his contacts with Russians, as he suggested foreign powers were out to get him, a report on Vice News said.

Papadopoulos, 31, took aim at former Australian foreign minister Alexander Downer in particular, with whom the former Trump aide had shared drinks at an upscale London bar in the early days of the campaign, in May 2016.

Shares of Twitter Inc (NYSE:TWTR) were trading up 1% to US$30.86.

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Privately held Uber Technologies is getting a chief marketing officer who is an expert in building a brand with authentic stories, a report by Forbes said.

Rebecca Messina is charged with building a centralized, global marketing organization for the San Francisco-based company, which is said to be planning an IPO in 2019. She spent more than two decades at The Coca-Cola Co, most recently as senior vice-president of marketing and innovation.

Uber had seen some turmoil with the departure of a chief brand officer, Bozoma Saint John, and then former Target CMO Jess Jones, who had served as president.

READ: Nomura Instinet downgrades Tesla shares and slashes price target by 25%, says CNBC

Elon Musk, chief executive of Tesla Inc (NASDAQ:TSLA), is removing obsidian black and silver metallic from the standard color choices of the electric carmaker, a report by CNN Tech said. 

He said the reduced color choices would "simplify manufacturing." Tesla has been under the gun to maintain production level -- particularly of its Model 3 -- in order to increase revenue and avoid a potential cash crunch. Musk said the two colors would still be available as a "special request, but at higher price.

Tesla shares were recently down 2.3% to US$278.86.

 

 

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