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Elon Musk Denies He Discussed Apple-Tesla Merger With Tim Cook

  • Tesla CEO responds to upcoming book that describes phone call
  • Musk says Apple’s store fees are ‘global tax on the internet’
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Tesla Inc. Chief Executive Officer Elon Musk said on Friday that he never met with Apple Inc. about a potential takeover and slammed the tech giant’s App Store fees, calling them a “global tax on the internet.”

He was responding to an upcoming book that says Apple CEO Tim Cook called Musk in 2016 about taking over Tesla. The book claims that merger discussions ended when Musk told Cook he’d like to replace him as Apple’s CEO as part of the deal. According to the story -- revealed in a Los Angeles Times review of “Power Play: Tesla, Elon Musk, and the Bet of the Century” by Wall Street Journal reporter Tim Higgins -- Cook then hung up the phone after uttering an expletive.