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Why is Google buying wind energy?

Posted: 07/22/10 06:00 AM

Most news from Google involves stuff like search ads, web services, mobile computing. The occasional Buzz or Wave, perhaps, that is a little confusing. But at the very least, no matter what Google does, it always involves a computer in some way. Well, not any more. Google has begun investing in wind power.  This week, Google agreed to buy 114 megawatts of electricity from an Iowa wind farm. 

We heard that and we were all what the—?

Turns out that even though they’re a web company, Google is getting into the energy business, making plans to buy up energy, resell it, and keep the renewable energy credits that go with it. We talk to CNET’s Martin Lamonica about Google’s plans. We also check in with energy industry analyst Sam Jaffe about how this all works.

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Get energy from the stars

 by John Moe // Posted: 06/07/10 10:53 AM

Well, that would be nice, wouldn’t it? Scientists at the wonderfully named National Ignition Facility are conducting an enormous laser fusion experiment where they’re trying to harness the power of stars. They envision having a functional power plant up and running in 15 to 20 years producing carbon free energy. It’s not just some dreamy theory either, there’s 3 billion dollars invested in this thing. CNET has the explanation and a video.

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Tech News In Brief - 6/4/10

 by John Moe // Posted: 06/04/10 11:44 AM

Google data collection mess gets messier
 
China blocking Foursquare

U.S. Cyber Command wants to ‘operate freely’ to protect and defend computer resources

Is YouTube about to offer live streaming?
Because shouldn’t everything be more like Chatroulette?

Microsoft Patch Tuesday is coming. Stores have had decorations up for months, of course

Could Microsoft be buying AOL?
“Welcome! You’ve got Ballmer!”

Get energy from the stars

Car charging stations coming to town

Gadget tells you when you need a break. Thanks, gadget


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Car charging stations coming to town

 by John Moe // Posted: 06/04/10 11:15 AM

Coulomb Technologies is seeking to install 4,600 charging stations for electric cars in nine metro areas by the end of 2011.  The charging stations will be supported by Chevrolet, Ford and Smart will be supplied free of charge.  The project is in part funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.


 

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Get energy from the stars

 by John Moe // Posted: 06/04/10 11:13 AM

Well, that would be nice, wouldn’t it? Scientists at the wonderfully named National Ignition Facility are conducting an enormous laser fusion experiment where they’re trying to harness the power of stars. They envision having a functional power plant up and running in 15 to 20 years producing carbon free energy. It’s not just some dreamy theory either, there’s 3 billion dollars invested in this thing. CNET has the explanation and a video.

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What will we do with all this "white space"?

09/26/10 11:15 AM

There’s a vote coming up this week in Washington that will have a big impact on how you use the internet, what’s available to you, how much faster you’ll be able to get things online. On Thursday, the FCC is expected to open up unused parts of the broadcast spectrum, a lot of people call it “white space”. This is space that was positioned to be something of a buffer between television stations but such padding is proving less essential since the conversion to digital TV.

On today’s show, we talk to Glenn Fleishman from Wi-Fi Networking News and The Economist about how the spectrum works and what kind of new space we’re talking about. We also check in with Tim Wu from Columbia Law School about the companies that will look to use the space and what it all might mean for you and me as internet consumers.

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