Here are the stories we're covering this week:
- Tesla CEO Elon Musk suggested late Tuesday that his company had now received 250,000 pre-orders for the Cybertruck, its “Blade Runner”-inspired electric pickup. Tesla’s unveil event for its first pickup truck was marred by the vehicle’s windows breaking when an executive threw a metal ball at them in an effort to demonstrate their unbreakability. As it turns out, the same test was performed before the event, and went perfectly. The car’s trapezoid shape was also mocked in various memes. Even the official social media pages of LEGO had their go at the Cybertruck, but included innovative modular roof racks. Mr. Musk has said on Twitter that the reason Cybertruck is so planar is that you can't stamp ultra-hard 30X steel, because it breaks the stamping press. Despite the initial social media storm of people mocking the truck's design, others have praised the Cybertruck for bringing something new to the table.
- WyzeCam owners will soon find an update removes the AI-driven person detection from their device due to the unexpected termination of the agreement Wyze had with their AI provider. In Wyze's commitment to offer the feature for free, they are starting their own AI division to bring back person detection and other AI improvements to the motion detection. Wyze is being praised by its users on social media for their transparency through what is no doubt a difficult situation for their staff. The new firmware which removes the AI features is planned for mid-January 2020. There is no ETA yet as to when their new in-house solution will be ready.
- The Department of National Defense is joining the fight against 5G, citing risks to GPS and military operations.
- Google is serious about ensuring the Pixel line of Android phones is secure. They've announced that they'll pay security researchers up to $1.5 million to find hacks and exploits.
- The official site for the Monero digital coin was hacked to deliver currency-stealing malware to users who were downloading wallet software.
- Wouldn't it be nice if there was a Facebook rival? Well, there is! And it's founded by the guy who built Wikipedia.