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Following Google, Microsoft Kills Its Energy Monitoring Service

Days after Google announced plans to kill its PowerMeter service, Microsoft said Thursday it plans to discontinue its similar Hohm energy monitoring service as of May 31, 2012. In a blog post, Microsoft cited slow adoption for the service, for which hopes were high at launch in 2009.


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Another gadget you don’t really need. Will not work once you get it home. New model out in 4 weeks. Battery life is too short to be of any use.

— From the fact sheet for a fake product entitled Useless Plasticbox 1.2 (an actual empty plastic box) placed in L.A.-area Best Buy stores by an artist called Plastic Jesus