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IO taps McLaren to speed up its modular data centers

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Web giants such as Facebook, eBay and Google like to boast of the power-usage effectiveness (PUE) inside their data centers, but it’s rare to see cloud providers and other data center operators talking about how efficient they are with when it comes to using power. IO Data Centers markets the...
IO taps McLaren to speed up its modular data centers

Robots in demand in China as labour costs climb

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As young Chinese seek skilled, high-paying work to support their parents, robots may fill the jobs they have left behindIn China, there's no better time to be a robot. Pictures from last week's International Industry Fair in Shanghai show them duelling with light sabers, playing ping pong and dancing in...
Robots in demand in China as labour costs climb

Spray-on antenna revealed: best thing to come in a can since Easy Cheese (video)

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Ever found yourself without a signal and wished you could just spray one on like magic? Well, maybe soon, you'll be able to do just that. Chamtech Enterprises has developed a spray-on antenna it says is more lightweight and energy-efficient than current technology. Revealed at Google's inaugural Solve for...
Spray-on antenna revealed: best thing to come in a can since Easy Cheese (video)

Chip industry grows 0.4 percent to record $299.5B in 2011

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The chip industry grew a scant 0.4 percent in 2011, but that was enough to push it to a record $299.5 billion for the year. That wasn’t a bad performance given a weak global economy and disasters in Japan and Thailand. The Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA), the chip industry’s trade...
Chip industry grows 0.4 percent to record $299.5B in 2011

The 6 angels & 6 devils of environmental investing

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Carter Bales, the co-founder and Chairman of private equity firm NewWorld Capital Group, is driven by dire pessimism and over-whelming optimism that converge through his livelihood: environmental investing. While he’s pessimistic about the direction of the planet when it comes to climate change, a pending resource crisis and decaying infrastructure,...
The 6 angels & 6 devils of environmental investing

Wonder what happens when you send an email? Google tells all with “The Story of Send”

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The technology behind sending an email has become an afterthought to most of us. It’s not because the process isn’t potentially interesting, it’s because email has become such a huge part of our daily lives. Basically, we take it for granted. Google decided to share more about what goes on...
Wonder what happens when you send an email? Google tells all with “The Story of Send”

Tony Fadell on how the Nest thermostat is promoting energy consumption awareness with 'The Leaf'

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When Fadell and team set out to build the Nest thermostat, it could have looked like anything. In fact, said Fadell at the Greenbuild Expo today “it’s a set it and forget it device, it could have looked like anything.” Instead, Fadell says that the futuristic design and pleasant interface...
Tony Fadell on how the Nest thermostat is promoting energy consumption awareness with 'The Leaf'
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GreenTouch details roadmap for wiping out 90% of telecom's energy demands

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For the last 100 years, the communications industry has been focused on one goal: cramming as more and more information into the same-sized pipes, whether those pipes are made of copper, optical fiber, or coaxial cable or hanging in the wireless ether. A consortium called GreenTouch, however, is betting that...
GreenTouch details roadmap for wiping out 90% of telecom's energy demands
Cleantech VC funding drops by a quarter in Q2

President Obama: If Congress won't act on climate change, I will

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President Barack Obama urged Congress to adopt market-based solutions to fight climate change in his State of the Union speech on Tuesday night, and asked Congress to consider options like the clean energy and climate bill that John McCain and Joe Lieberman worked on a few years ago. But the...
President Obama: If Congress won't act on climate change, I will

MIPS sale and patent deal show how weird the chip world has become

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Two chip industry deals finalized Tuesday are further evidence that the old guard in the microprocessor industry is on the run. Imagination, the graphics processor IP company, has said it will acquire MIPS, the creator of an alternative architecture for the chips inside computers and embedded devices, in a deal...
MIPS sale and patent deal show how weird the chip world has become

Russia reaches for the stars with its own Silicon Valley

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Skolkovo's facilities are designed to attract the best minds in science to Moscow, but investors are still warned to be waryRussia is planning another revolution. Moscow has pinned its future on transforming 400 hectares (1.5 sq miles) of nondescript farmland 20 miles west of the Kremlin into a base camp for...
Russia reaches for the stars with its own Silicon Valley

Transphorm, An Energy Efficiency Groundbreaker Backed By Google, Raises $35M From Japan Powerhouses

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Transphorm, a company that has developed a power conversion technology to drive energy efficiency, emerging from stealth early last year, has today announced a Series E raise of $35 million led by a particularly strategic pair of investors. The round is led by the Innovation Network Corporation of Japan (INCJ)...
Transphorm, An Energy Efficiency Groundbreaker Backed By Google, Raises $35M From Japan Powerhouses

Greenpeace summons Clippy to diss Microsoft's data centers

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Original Clippy Having failed to establish a dialog with Microsoft on the issue of renewable energy, Greenpeace turned to Microsoft Office mascot Clippy to gain attention. A group of Greenpeace activists, including one dressed up as the much-maligned paperclip, visited a Microsoft Store in Palo Alto, California Thursday. For...
Greenpeace summons Clippy to diss Microsoft's data centers
Is Intel pulling ahead of its rivals in chip manufacturing?

Meet Cyclos, a startup that cuts chip power consumption

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When building chips, designers usually have to trade energy efficiency for performance. In general, the higher the performance, the greater the battery suck. But as smarter, more graphically intensive mobile devices land in the arms of consumers, and more data centers are requiring 100 MW or more to deliver web...
Meet Cyclos, a startup that cuts chip power consumption
Greenpeace says Apple has 'significantly improved' its clean energy policy

New Open Rack spec shows how important two inches can be

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The quest for energy-sipping webscale data centers continues incrementally with the release this week of the new Open Rack 1.0 specification outlining the design of data center racks. This Open Compute Project specification focuses, as GigaOM has reported, on moving data center racks from 19-inch to 21-inch widths — the 19-inch requirement being a holdover (believe it...
New Open Rack spec shows how important two inches can be

What is combined heat & power & why does Obama like it?

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President Obama signed an executive order on Thursday that seeks to boost the energy efficiency of the industrial sector by implementing a technology called combined heat and power or (CHP). Great, so WTH is CHP? Combined heat and power or cogeneration is the simultaneous creation of both electricity and heat from...
What is combined heat & power & why does Obama like it?

Kleiner Perkins Debuts First Engineering Fellows Class

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Last year, venture firm Kleiner Perkins debuted its plans for a summer internship program to place top engineering talent from colleges at the firm’s portfolio companies. The benefit is two-fold: students get to work at the startup level, are mentored (and have the prestige of Kleiner Perkins on their resume)...
Kleiner Perkins Debuts First Engineering Fellows Class

How energy data will impact the smart grid

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The deployment of smart meters combined with the growth of cloud computing infrastructure has created opportunities to build business models around the volume of emerging energy data. Estimates indicate that when smart meters are fully deployed, they will generate 1,000 petabytes of data a year, about five times the amount...
How energy data will impact the smart grid

Next-gen servers are the next big thing for small business

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As small businesses implement the latest technology to keep up with client demands, next-generation servers come to the forefront of the discussion. But what is a "next-gen" server exactly? To put it simply, "next gen" refers to a server with increased processor speed, enhanced management features and greater energy...
Next-gen servers are the next big thing for small business

AT&T Adds Pantech Renue for the Eco-Conscious Texter

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AT&T’s latest quick-messaging phone will help you keep in touch with friends and family and help reduce your carbon footprint. Available now for $69.99 with a two-year contract and after a $50 mail-in rebate, the Pantech Renue features a design built from 67 percent recyclable material and comes in packaging...
AT&T Adds Pantech Renue for the Eco-Conscious Texter

Google’s energy reduction plan praised in Greenpeace data center report

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While Greenpeace’s “How Clean is Your Cloud” report had not so great things to say about Apple, Amazon, and Microsoft’s use of coal energy in their data centers, Google was praised for its “comprehensive energy reduction plan”. The organization is urging consumers to contact the companies to convince them to...
Google’s energy reduction plan praised in Greenpeace data center report
At chip engineering conference, Intel continues to obey Moore’s Law
Philips Hue customizable LED light bulbs offer 16 million colors, starter kit costs $199

AMD expected to unveil ARM-based server on Monday

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AMD has called a press conference in San Francisco on Monday where it's likely to announce plans for a SeaMicro server based on an upcoming 64-bit processor design from ARM. AMD CEO Rory Read is expected at the event, and an ARM spokesman confirmed Thursday that ARM CEO Warren...
AMD expected to unveil ARM-based server on Monday

Vigilent Raises $6.7M From Accel For Intelligent Data Center Energy Management System

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Vigilent, a company that provides intelligent energy management systems for data centers, telecommunications facilities and large buildings, has raised $6.7 million in investments led by Accel Partners. This investment is part of Accel’s new $100 million Big Data fund. Angel investors including Gaurav Garg and Peter Wagner also participated in...
Vigilent Raises $6.7M From Accel For Intelligent Data Center Energy Management System

Inhabitat's Week in Green: ECOLAR house, transparent solar panel and Star Wars terrariums

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Each week our friends at Inhabitat recap the week's most interesting green developments and clean tech news for us -- it's the Week in Green. For the past two weeks Inhabitat has been reporting live from the Solar Decathlon Europe in Madrid, where 18 student teams from around the...
Inhabitat's Week in Green: ECOLAR house, transparent solar panel and Star Wars terrariums
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