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China to Outpace Germany as leading Solar PV consumer in 2013

Solar photovoltaic (PV) demand will increase by two gigawatts worldwide during 2013, to 31 gigawatts, according to a new report from NPD Solarbuzz. And for the first time, China will outpace Germany to become the world's leading PV consumer. “The Read More →

Quoted: on how Facebook Likes can be ‘spooky,’ ‘seductive’ — and deductive

"The spooky thing is that these traits can be deduced from things that aren't very obvious." — Michal Kosinski of  Cambridge University in the U.K., who led a study that found that Facebook users' Likes could accurately predict personality traits, Read More →

Off topic: Pope brackets, NatGeo photo Tumblr, rebuilding Fukushima, addiction and gender, winemakers roast reviews

March Madness of the Sweet Sistine flavor: picking the next Pope. National Geographic now has a Tumblr of photos from its huge archive. (via Metafilter) And rebuilding Fukushima two years after the earthquake, tsunami Read More →

U.K. Fraud Office Probing Autonomy For HP

  One of the biggest headaches for Hewlett-Packard CEO Meg Whitman, who is trying to get the storied Palo Alto corporation back in the financial pink, has been its ill-fated purchase of Autonomy After paying $11 billion for Autonomy in 2011, the Read More →

HP to investors: don’t rock the boat by firing directors

Hewlett-Packard on Monday urged its shareholders to resist calls to oust some of its board members, saying such a move "could be destabilizing to the company." The Palo Alto tech giant has been under fire from two institutional shareholders and a Read More →

Tech and access: Webcam possibilities — and peepers; Harvard email spying, Iran’s VPN block

Quick links to piece about technology and access, the good and the bad: • The Merc's Troy Wolverton writes about how Xerox researchers are working on technology that allows doctors to monitor patients' vital signs via webcam. It still Read More →

Banned already? Google Glass seeing privacy issues

Google Glass isn't even widely available yet, but it's already banned at one Seattle bar whose owner says he wants to, basically, protect the seedy nature of his establishment. Dave Meinert claims his 5 Point Cafe is the first business Read More →

Walmart’s Solar Strategy

Walmart has about 4,500 stores in the United States (which includes retail stores, Sam's Clubs and distribution centers). That's a lot of big, flat roofs: perfect for solar PV. Many stores are 80,000 to 120,000 square feet in size; some are Read More →

Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba hires new CEO to replace founder Jack Ma

Alibaba Group, one of the world's largest e-commerce companies, said on Monday an executive vice president will replace founder Jack Ma as chief executive. Ma said on Jan. 15 that he was relinquishing the operational reins of the company. At 48, Read More →

Quoted: on ‘dumb,’ problem-plagued SimCity launch

"OK, we agree, that was dumb." — Lucy Bradshaw, general manager at "SimCity" developer Maxis, on the launch of the newest, long-awaited release of the popular civilization-building game last week. Many people experienced problems or were unable to play Read More →
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