Now in Tech: 12/18/2017
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1. An electric SUV may not be everyone's cup of tea. But for those who love the combination of going green and interior space, you can search beyond the pricey Tesla Model X as NIO, a China-based startup, is set to offer its electric SUV at $68,000, nearly 50% cheaper than but built in with comparable features as Elon Musk's Model X ($127,000). The competition is concentrating in China, where hosts the world's biggest electric vehicle market. Via CNN Tech
2. Uber continue to spiral down in incessant vortex of scandals, as a latest letter from a disgruntled ex-employee alleged Uber of espionage, hacking, illegal surveillance and bribery. Via Buzzfeed
3. According to the New York Times, the federal government had reportedly spent $22 million from annual defense budget on UFO program. The program, largely pushed by former Senator Harry Reid, was created to investigate civil and military UFO sightings and encounters, and was discontinued by DoD in 2012.
4. Qihoo 360, a Chinese Internet security company, enraged the public for airing its live-streaming surveillance feeds on its platform. The company is reportedly giving away free surveillance cameras to shops and restaurants and using them to collect and broadcast real time surveillance feeds that are unauthorized by in-camera customers. Via Yahoo News
5. Google is battling "fake news" by implementing an updated guideline, eliminating content publishers in Google News who mask their countries of origin. This happens in light of rampant investigations in Russia's meddling in 2016 election, in which some big names in the Internet industry like Google and FaceBook arealleged of inadvertently giving a hand to spreading Russian propagandists' false news.
6. Tesla's unlimited"free lunch" at its expansive supercharger stations came to an end early this year as orders after January 1st, 2017 would only be granted a annual charging quota of 400KwH. Last Friday the company's new Supercharger Fair Use policy prohibits new commercial drivers as of December 15, 2017 from using the supercharger stations. The new policy was set forth in order to free up charging availability for owners without ready charging options at home or work. New drivers who use their Tesla for Taxi, ridesourcing/ridesharing, commercial transportation, government purposes or any other commercial ventures may not gain access to the stations unless their "driving behavior" is modified.