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Oklahoman Published: June 17, 2014

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Skirvin gets charging station

The owners of Oklahoma City’s Skirvin Hilton have installed a high-power charging station that may be used by hotel customers who own the Tesla Model S. The Tesla high-power wall connector offers more than twice the power of typical charging stations, adding up to 58 miles of range to the Model S in just one hour. Tesla, which launched the first highway-capable electric vehicle in 2008, produces the Model S, the first mass-produced electric premium sedan.

Tech companies fight snooping

Microsoft Corp. and four other large American technology companies are using a Manhattan court case to draw a line in the cloud, saying the U.S. government has no right to seize computer data stored outside the country. U.S. companies that host services over the Internet and sell remote data storage — a concept broadly known as “cloud computing” — say they stand to lose billions of dollars in business if emails and other files they house overseas are seen vulnerable to U.S. snooping. A Microsoft vice president wrote in a court document that the company offers its cloud services in more than 100 countries and tries to keep a customer’s data — including email, calendar entries and documents — in a data center near where the customer is located for easy and cost-effective access. Microsoft maintains data centers worldwide, including in the United States, Ireland, the Netherlands, Japan and Brazil.

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