Your iTunes Collection, Displayed as a Solar System

The Cooper-Hewitt Museum is showcasing an artifact that isn’t even tangible: An open-sourced app called Planetary that’s meant to be an “evolving piece of design.”
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News Byte

Seagate Plans $180 Million R&D Center for Empty Solyndra Plant

The vacated Solyndra solar plant in Fremont, Calif., is getting a new tenant focused on the future of a more mature technology. Seagate Technology on Friday announced plans for a $180 million research and development complex, employing as many as 600 people, to work on next-generation disk drives. The Solyndra plant, highly energy efficient and powered in part with solar panels, is “as close as we could get if we were building a custom facility tailored to our needs,” said Steven Deason, Seagate’s facilities director.

Romney Disses Tesla as “Loser” at Debate

Tesla becomes a political hot potato.
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Apple Building Smaller, High-Security “Tactical” Data Center in Maiden, N.C.

The new, highly secure facility will be next to the company’s main data center.
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New Solar-Powered Case Brings More Battery Life to Already Long-Lasting Kindle

We know: The next time you’ll need to charge your Kindle is when your firstborn graduates college. Still, SolarFocus is bringing even more battery life to the e-reader.
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Forget Cleantech — It’s Cleanweb at SXSW

Can smartphones help save the planet?
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Voices

Google, KKR Set California Solar Deal

Google Inc. and KKR & Co. Inc. are expected to announce today a joint investment in a California solar-power project, showing investor interest in the industry amid expiring government incentives.

Apple Is Going to Spend a Lot of Money on … Something

Billions! On iCloud, maybe. Or solar farms. Or much less sexy but important things. Like, you know, factories and stuff.
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Apple’s Secret Solar Farm [Updated]

When Apple next breaks ground in Maiden, N.C., it won’t be to build a second data center alongside its vast Catawba County facility. Instead, it will be to construct a massive solar farm to power it.
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Google Becomes Big Fan of Oregon Wind Farm

Google’s renewable energy efforts continued apace today with the company’s second cleantech investment this month. Last week, Google took a $168 million equity stake in the Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System, a utility-scale solar plant being developed in the Mojave Desert. Today, it announced it had invested $100 million in the Shepherds Flat project, an Oregon wind farm.