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Here’s what’s going on in tech on Tuesday …

Tesla and Panasonic are teaming up to produce photovoltaic cells and modules used in solar panels at a new facility in Buffalo.

Chinese internet company Tencent, and digital mapping company NavInfo have joined up to buy a 30 percent stake in Here, a digital mapping company owned by some of Europe’s biggest carmakers.

–Uber’s wishes to expand into upstate New York are reigniting the debate over fingerprinting of its drivers.

–ICYMI: Snap, the parent company of Snapchat, is said to have acquired augmented reality technology company Cimagine Media for as much as $40 million.

–Google is said to be about to launch two new smartwatches running on the Android Wear 2.0 operating system.

–It was a busy lead-in to Christmas, and a busy Christmas weekend, too. So, you might have missed that Apple has published its first artificial intelligence paper.

–Apple’s next big iPhone announcement is about nine months away. But that doesn’t mean it’s too early to speculate about what might be in the pipeline for the so-called iPhone 8.

Photo: The inside of a Tesla vehicle is viewed as it sits parked in a new Tesla showroom and service center in Red Hook, Brooklyn on July 5 in New York. On Tuesday, Tesla and Panasonic said they would set up a new facility in Buffalo, New York, to make photovoltaic cells and modules for solar panels. (Spencer Platt/Getty Images)




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