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Tesla’s Elon Musk makes a surprise appearance at SXSW in Austin

Elon Musk, chief executive officer for Space Exploration Technologies Corp. (SpaceX), speaks during the 67th International Astronautical Congress (IAC) in Guadalajara, Mexico, on Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2016. Photographer: Susana Gonzalez/Bloomberg Photo credit: Bloomberg

Happy Monday from Quick Shift, where we’re in the midst of SXSW — a festival full of tech, music and surprise CEO cameos. — Katie Burke

A wild Elon appears: Tesla CEO Elon Musk made an unplanned appearance at SXSW, discussing Tesla’s near-death experience and his fears of AI to a packed crowd. Musk also kept Austin weird with an impromptu musical performance.

Back on the farm: While Musk was in Austin, Bloomberg reported that Tesla had suspended production of the Model 3 in late February, amid the automaker’s efforts to ramp up production of the long-awaited electric sedan.

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