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Lessons in Smart Grid Privacy from Facebook and Google

The smart grid may indeed become an opportunity that’s bigger than the Internet, but like the Internet, it won’t be without its stumbling blocks. Fortunately for us, some web pioneers are unwittingly providing utilities and energy management firms with an education on privacy, one of the thornier issues affecting online businesses today. Let’s look at the lessons Facebook and Google have in store for the smart grid.…

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HP: For Green Data Centers, Have a Cow

HP researchers this week put forth an intriguing idea for powering data centers: harvesting and processing cow waste. Under their setup, dairy farmers get an additional revenue stream and data center operators get a clean and cost-effective source of energy. Sounds like a solid win all around, but is it a practical green data center strategy or a distraction?…

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