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5 Things to Know Today: December 15, 2016

Liz Biscevic—5 Thing to Know Today

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In case you missed it, if you call an Uber in San Francisco, you might get picked up by a self-driving car, 1 billion Yahoo accounts were hacked, and solar energy may soon be the cheapest form of electricity.

1. Bloomberg Technology: Solar is Becoming the Cheapest Form of Energy

Bloomberg New Energy Finance reported the cost of solar has fallen to a third of what it was in 2010, making it cheaper than wind energy. Experts say renewable energy will soon start undercutting the cost of energy from fossil fuels. Emerging markets, like China, Chile, Brazil, India, and South Africa, will likely attract the most investors in clean energy projects.   

2. Bloomberg: 7 ways couples handle saving, spending, and splitting it all up.  

From couples making $10 dollars an hour to those who give 20 percent of their paychecks to charities, these seven interviews show the diverse ways to handle money in relationships.   

3. Time: The island of Malta has Europe’s most progressive gay rights.

Malta is the first European country to make “deceptive and harmful” conversion therapy illegal. The small island is ranked number one in the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, and Intersex Association for their respect of human rights and equality. This is big news for a country that just legalized divorce in 2011.

4. NY Times: Yahoo says over 1 billion accounts from 2005 were hacked.

Shortly following their announcement in September that 500 million user accounts were hacked in 2014, the company announced they discovered another hack in 2013 that compromised over 1 billion accounts, the largest known hack in history. 

5. Slate: The California DMV is not stoked about Uber’s self-driving cars. 

Uber rolled out their self-driving cars in San Francisco yesterday morning, without obtaining a permit from the DMV or making any sort of public announcement. The California Department of Motor Vehicles requires “autonomous” vehicle providers to register with the state before testing their product on the road, though Uber believes its cars don’t qualify as “autonomous.” To make matters worse, one of the driverless cars ran a red light. 

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