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Google Gets Into Green Tech

Google Gets Into Green Tech

On Tuesday, Google announced that it plans to invest heavily in renewable energy technologies in the coming years. The project, which Google is calling "RE < C" — renewable energy cheaper than coal — will initially focus on solar thermal technologies. The goal is to create technologies and infrastructure capable of producing one gigawatt of electricity (enough to power San Francisco) within the next few years.

November 29, 2007

Give One Get One Program Extended; Microsoft and Intel Hope it Fails

Give One Get One Program Extended; Microsoft and Intel Hope it Fails

The "Give One Get One" program we told you about in October has been extended until the end of the year. The promotion gives American consumers the opportunity to buy a great first computer for their kids, while donating one to a poor child in a developing nation. Meanwhile, the world's largest hardware company and the world's largest software company are teaming up to ensure that One Laptop Per Child doesn't interfere with their bottom line.

November 27, 2007

Comcast Faces Suit Over Fraudulent Data Discrimination Policies

Comcast Faces Suit Over Fraudulent Data Discrimination Policies

A recent class action lawsuit threatens to blow the lid off of Comcast's alleged data discrimination policy. Jon Hart, a San Francisco Comcast subscriber is suing the communications giant on a variety of charges, ranging from breach of contract to computer fraud.

November 21, 2007

Most U.S. Electronic Waste is Pollution-and-Worker-Danger Shipped Overseas

Most U.S. Electronic Waste is Pollution-and-Worker-Danger Shipped Overseas

Part of our society’s growing green practices as ethical and socially conscious consumers is to recycle old computers, monitors, drives, televisions, cell phones and other electronic gadget waste. But our e-waste in many cases is not being recycled here, but is being shipped out of America as a global jet stream of electronic waste to countries with low-wage workers.

November 19, 2007

Xerox Has Saved 2 Billion Pounds of E-Waste Since 1991

Xerox Has Saved 2 Billion Pounds of E-Waste Since 1991

Xerox recently reached a milestone in its 16-year old campaign to reduce the waste created by its products. An ink and toner cartridge recycling program started in 1991 has now saved 2 billion pounds of electronic waste from reaching landfills worldwide.

November 12, 2007

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