Add Rackspace to the growing list of tech companies that are bringing energy efficient innovations to their cloud data centers beginning at the planning stage. Like Google, Facebook and Microsoft, the San Antonia-based cloud computing company plans to increase its cloud footprint by constructing a new data center using green design principles from the start. Gary Boyd, […]
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This is big. Google has acquired Nest Labs, a Palo Alto, Calif.-based maker of smart thermometers and smoke detectors for a cool $3.2 billion in cash, reports Chris Preimesberger over at eWEEK. “Google took another big step Jan. 13 in its quest to become a major player in the connected-home Internet of Things market,” he wrote. Agreed. […]
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Excellent news from chipmaking giant Intel. CEO Brian M. Krzanich announced at CES that all of the microprocessors that it ships in 2014 will not contain conflict minerals. The company reported that it “had achieved a critical milestone and the minerals used in microprocessor silicon and packages manufactured in Intel’s factories are ‘conflict-free’ as concluded […]
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After a divorce and a foreclosure that claimed her 2,500-square-foot house, Macy Miller embarked on a dramatic DIY down-sizing. She rolled up her sleeves — learning as she went — and build a tiny house that not only looks amazing, but is roomy enough to share with a Great Dane. The kicker: Miller’s new home […]
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Microsoft has confirmed that it is getting ready to build a data center on land that the company is now in the midst of buying in Quincy, Wash. where the company already operates a modular computing facility. The 200-acre site will cost Microsoft $11 million and is expected to produce 100 full-time jobs. Construction starts […]
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The following, not-so-new chart from Bloomberg and New Energy Finance has been making the rounds, and really, it speaks for itself. In the past couple of decades, the price of solar panels has dropped like a stone — particularly in the last few years. The cost of solar has fallen from $76.67 per watt at […]
Read more 2013 Rewind: The plummeting price of solar
Move over Microsoft. The techies at Redmond aren’t the only big spenders in the renewable energy arena. Google, too, is investing big bucks on some solar array projects in the West. Kojo Ako-Asare, Head of Corporate Finance at Google, posted on the official Google blog: We’re partnering with global investment firm KKR to invest in […]
Read more Google invests $80M in solar projects
Microsoft’s research arm and its Global Foundation Services unit are investigating ways of building the next-generation of energy efficient data centers with fuel cells. But rather than bolt Bloom Energy Servers onto their IT facilities, the company is looking into a more integrated solution. In a research paper, Microsoft describes how placing compact fuel cells in […]
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