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Google to Use Wind Energy to Power Data Centers

Google Inc’s energy unit has entered into a deal to buy wind power from NextEra Energy Inc for the next 20 years to power data centers.

The deal comes less than three months after the giant Silicon Valley Internet search company invested $38.8 million in two wind farms in North Dakota, developed by NextEra Energy Resources, that generate enough energy to power more than 55,000 homes.

Google Energy LLC will begin buying wind power from July 30 from NextEra’s facility in Iowa at a predetermined rate, Urs Hoelzle, Google’s senior vice president of operations, said in a blog on Google’s website.

“Incorporating such a large amount of wind power into our portfolio is tricky, but this power is enough to supply several data centers,” Hoelzle added.

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Millions in Virtual Real Estate to be Created Overnight During .CO Launch

The .CO landrush has come to an end and it has been a spectacular event. In just a few hours, the .CO registry will open to the public for general availability registrations.

There have been over 40,000 pre-registrations during the landrush period and a lot of media coverage both within and outside the domain industry.

General Availability

Update: The registry is now public! Remaining .CO domains will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis. GoDaddy has .CO for $29.99 per year.

CoInternet is now reporting over 215,000 registrations so far.

Thousands more domains will be claimed during the general availability today and in the coming days, weeks and months.

Combining todays’ expected registrations and premium domains awarded for landrush applications should easily total several million dollars in estimated value.

Notable .CO Domains

O.co – Sold for $350,000 to Overstock

E.co – Sold for $81,000 at charity auction

T.coNew short URL for Twitter (likely to be implemented today)

Disrupt.co – TechCrunch startup event

Duck.co – DuckDuckGo Search Community

.Co Founders Program – Many businesses and individuals awarded free .co domains under contract to actively develop for at least 2 years. You will begin seeing many launch announcements on .co domains soon.

3 Things I Like About .CO

  • It rides on the coat tails of .COM in representing commerce and companies.
  • Registry operator CoInternet is doing a phenomenal job marketing the launch and will likely continue to do so.
  • Early adoption by big players such as Twitter

3 Things I’m Concerned About

  • Will people have a problem recognizing a .CO domain when spoken verbally? We are so used to hearing .COM
  • Over speculation within the industry may cause public outcry against domaining and tarnish .CO similarly to .US
  • Owners will fool themselves into believing their keyword .CO domain is worth just as much as it’s .COM counterpart.

What do you think of .CO? Please leave your comments below or send me a message on Twitter @DotSauce.

Want to know more about the domain industry or how to get started buying and selling? Ask a question on the all new DotSauce Q&A forum.

This article is from DotSauce Magazine.



Millions in Virtual Real Estate to be Created Overnight During .CO Launch

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Cleantech Focus Chicago: Conference on July 27

This one-day conference focuses on the impact of innovation in components, such as windows, lighting, and walls, as well as the latest energy usage visibility and control technologies.  We’ll reveal insider information on the shifting competitive landscape and financing dynamics in the market.

If your company is looking to do business in this sector, don’t miss this event. Register now.

Attendees of Cleantech Focus Chicago get:

1) A packed agenda
2) Insights from expert speakers from the worlds of energy efficiency, regulation and finance
3) Keynote from Andrew DeGuire, Vice President, Strategy & Acquisitions at Johnson Controls
4) Case-studies from innovative smart building vendors and commercial builders that show you how these new technologies are being used to great effect
5) A complimentary copy of the Cleantech Group’s Executive Brief “As energy efficiency booms, buildings get a brain” – normally available only to research subscribers
6) The latest market research and analysis from the Cleantech Group
7) A preview of the latest technologies and services in the Cleantech Innovation Showcase
8) Networking with the industry’s most influential energy efficiency leaders at the Welcome Reception and throughout the event

Another Foxconn Worker Falls to Death

A worker at a subsidiary of Foxconn Technology Group in south China’s Guangdong Province died on Tuesday after falling from a dormitory building, Xinhua news agency reported.

The police were investigating the death, the agency said, without giving further details.

Ten suicides this year at its sprawling manufacturing base has brought intense scrutiny of Foxconn, which has been struggling with a wave of labor unrest in China, where increasingly assertive migrant workers are calling for better conditions and higher pay.

Foxconn, a unit of Taiwan’s Hon Hai Precision Industry Co Ltd, makes the iPhone and other products for Apple and also counts Dell, Hewlett-Packard, Nokia and Sony Ericsson among its clients.

The spate of deaths at the world’s largest contract cellphone maker has caused its shares to slump below HK$5.0 this month, less than half the value they commanded in mid-January.

Hon Hai has about 800,000 employees in China, and is one of the country’s largest private employers.

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‘Smart’ Metal Could Lower Electric Bills, Create Less CO2

If a new “smart” metal could help cool your home or refrigerate your food 175 percent more efficiently than current technology, imagine what that would do for your electric bills.

Researchers at the University of Maryland are developing a new “thermally elastic” metal alloy for use in advanced refrigeration and air conditioning systems. The technology promises far greater efficiency and reductions in greenhouse gas emissions.

The Maryland team will soon begin testing of a prototype system, with economic stimulus funding from the U.S. Department of Energy. The new grant is part of a program designed to bring “game-changing” technologies to market.

“Air conditioning represents the largest share of home electric bills in the summer, so this new technology could have significant consumer impact, as well as an important environmental benefit,” says Eric Wachsman, director of the University of Maryland Energy Research Center (UMERC).

“The approach is expected to increase cooling efficiency 175 percent, reduce U.S. carbon dioxide emissions by 250 million metric tons per year, and replace liquid refrigerants that can cause environmental degradation in their own right,” Wachsman adds.

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Pitt Team Designs Artificial Cells that Communicate Like Biological Cells

Inspired by the social interactions of ants and slime molds, University of Pittsburgh engineers have designed artificial cells capable of self-organizing into independent groups that can communicate and cooperate. Recently reported in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), the research is a significant step toward producing synthetic cells that behave like natural organisms and could perform important, microscale functions in fields ranging from the chemical industry to medicine.

The team presents in the PNAS paper computational models that provide a blueprint for developing artificial cells—or microcapsules—that can communicate, move independently, and transport “cargo” such as chemicals needed for reactions. Most importantly, the “biologically inspired” devices function entirely through simple physical and chemical processes, behaving like complex natural organisms but without the complicated internal biochemistry, said corresponding author Anna Balazs, Distinguished Professor of Chemical Engineering in Pitt’s Swanson School of Engineering.

The Pitt group’s microcapsules interact by secreting nanoparticles in a way similar to that used by biological cells signal to communicate and assemble into groups. And with a nod to ants, the cells leave chemical trails as they travel, prompting fellow microcapsules to follow. Balazs worked with lead author German Kolmakov and Victor Yashin, both postdoctoral researchers in Pitt’s Department of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering, who produced the cell models; and with Pitt professor of electrical and computer engineering Steven Levitan, who devised the ant-like trailing ability.

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Netflix To Launch Canadian Service for Streaming Media

Netflix, the leading Internet movie subscription service, today announced it will expand into Canada this fall offering unlimited movies and TV episodes streamed instantly to TVs and computers for one low monthly fee.  The Canadian launch will mark the first availability of Netflix outside the United States.

Canadian Netflix members will be able to instantly watch a broad array of movies and TV episodes right on their TVs via a range of consumer electronics devices capable of streaming from Netflix, as well as watching on PCs and Macs.

In addition to representing its inaugural international market, Canada will also mark the first streaming-only service promoted by Netflix.

At the time of launch, the Netflix Canadian service will be available in English only, but the company said it expects to add French language capability over time.

Canadians interested in Netflix can go to www.netflix.ca and sign up to receive an email from the company when the service launches in Canada this fall.

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