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The Los Angeles Times points to an interesting study ranking the cities in California which have the most rooftop solar installations and generate the most solar energy. But it’s not Los Angeles.
Actually, San Diego leads all California cities in solar rooftops. Last year, the city had 4,507 solar power installations. The city also lead all other cities in overall solar energy generation, producing almost 36.7 megawatts. To put the number in context, it’s enough power to rank the city in the top 25 of nations in the world for solar energy production — more solar capacity than the entire nation of Mexico.
Los Angeles wasn’t far behind with 4,018 installations producing about 36.2 megawatts of solar energy.
The study notes that 10 years ago solar rooftops were a rarity in the state’s cities. But in the past two years alone the solar industry has installed 5,000 kilowatts of solar in each of 10 California cities.
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International health scandal

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Image via Wikipedia -Claude Mas, whose breast implant firm Poly Implant Prothese (PIP) has sparked an international health scandal by using substandard silicon, was arrested and could be charged with manslaughter, a French police source told Reuters.
Mas was arrested at around 7am (7pm NZT) at his home in southern France and police searched the premises.
He will be held for 48 hours while investigators decide whether to charge him with involuntary manslaughter and causing injury.
A second PIP executive, Claude Couty, was also arrested under an investigation opened in the southern port city of Marseille, close to PIP's former premises, on December 8.
Mas, who sold some 300,000 implants around the world, recently spoke out for the first time since the scandal erupted in December, acknowledging that he had used unapproved silicon and scoffing at the idea that it constituted a health risk.
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Symantec advises to stop using pcanywhere

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Image via CrunchBaseSymantec Corp took the rare step of advising customers to stop using one of its products, saying its pcAnywheresoftware for accessing remote PCs is at increased risk of getting hacked after blueprints of that software were stolen.
The announcement is the company's most direct acknowledgement to date that a 2006 theft of its source code put customers at risk of attack.
Symantec said it was only asking customers to temporarily stop using the product, until it releases an update to the software that will mitigate the risk of an attack.
It acknowledged that some customers would need to continue using the software for "business critical purposes," saying they should make sure they were using the most recent version of the product and "understand the current risks," which include the possibility that hackers could steal data or credentials.
Still, it is highly unusual for a software maker to advise customers to disable a product completely while e…

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Japanese solar power owner sold 50% more power to utilities

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Image by Nick . Brooks via Flickr Japanese small solar panel owners - householders and small businesses - sold 50 percent more power to utilities last year than in 2010, Reuters calculations based on an official data showed on Wednesday.
Japan is overhauling its energy policy after the Fukushima crisis shattered public confidence in the safety of atomic power, and is set to introduce a new subsidy scheme which covers a wider range of renewable energy power developers to support the budding market for domestically produced power.
Owners sold a total 2,150 gigawatt hours to power utilities last year, helped by the government scheme.
The data showed Japan's 10 regional power companies spent a total 96 billion yen ($1.2 billion) for surplus solar power from house owners and small businesses last year via a feed-in tariff scheme, which requires them to buy such power.
Last year's purchase volume is equivalent to 0.24 percent of sales from the power companies of some 884,000 gigawatt…

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Anonymous has a new tool in its arsenal that transforms casual Web surfers into unwitting participants in a distributed denial of service attack, according to security experts. The loosely-knit group of activist hackers has embedded JavaScript into specially crafted Websites to redirect site visitors to the targeted site, Graham Cluley, senior technology consultant at Sophos, wrote on the Naked Security blog Jan. 20. The page repeatedly attempts to access the target Website for the entire time the browser window is open, which only adds adding to the traffic bombardment. Anonymous distributed links to these specially crafted Web pages via its Twitter feed which was re-tweeted widely, and links also popped up on Internet Relay Chat rooms, Facebook, Tumblr and other social networking sites. Some of the links led to PasteHTML.com, a site that looks a little like the popular text-sharing site Pastebin frequently used by Anonymous to issue statements. A variation of this method allowed use…

Twitter more than social

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Image via CrunchBaseTwitter is much more than a social network and has no time to waste worrying about newcomers like Google+ as it becomes more important as an information service and builds its advertising business, co-founder Jack Dorsey said on Sunday.
"We have a lot to concern ourselves with, just building Twitter," Dorsey said when asked at a technology conference whether he was worried that Google's own fledgling social network would come after Twitter.

"Social is just one part of what we do. We think of it as an information utility," he said, describing Twitter as a personal news service as much as a social network.

"You don't have to tweet at all," he told the DLD conference in the German city of Munich. "The biggest value is finding out what's happening in your world in real time."

Twitter, which lets people send 140-character messages, or tweets, to groups of followers, has more than 100 million active users.

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Stop Online Piracy and Protect IP acts

The controversial Stop Online Piracy and Protect IP acts have been temporarily shelved as congressional lawmakers figure out their next move.
The Senate will postpone the vote on PIPA that was originally scheduled for Jan. 24, House Majority LeaderHarry Reid, D-Nev., said Jan. 20. He made the decision after weeks of intense lobbying by technology companies and industry associations opposed to the bill, which culminated in a one-day Internet strike led by online site Wikipedia. Google collected over 4 million signatures on its petition protesting the bill.
The House Judiciary Committee will postpone markup on SOPA and "revisit the approach" on how to stop online piracy, Rep. Lamar Smith, R-Texas, the committee's chairman and lead sponsor of the bill, said in a statement shortly after Reid's announcement.
"I have heard from the critics, and I take seriously their concerns regarding proposed legislation to address the problem of online piracy," Smith said.
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White House officials raised concerns on Saturday about online piracy legislation pending

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Image via WikipediaWhite House officials raised concerns on Saturday about online piracy legislation pending in Congress that Google and Facebook have decried as heavy-handed and Hollywood studios and music labels say is needed to save U.S. jobs.
In a blog posting, three advisers to President Barack Obama said they believed the proposed Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and other bills could make businesses on the Internet vulnerable to litigation and harm legal activity and free speech.
"Any effort to combat online piracy must guard against the risk of online censorship of lawful activity and must not inhibit innovation by our dynamic businesses large and small," said the officials, including White House cyber-security czarHoward Schmidt.
The House of Representatives' SOPA bill aims to crack down on online sales of pirated American movies, music or other goods by forcing Internet companies to block access to foreign sites offering material that violates U.S. copyright laws.

It is getting better all the time

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IT's getting better all the time.
Phase II of Sir Paul McCartney's evolving personal cloud archive and CRM system, designed and built by Hewlett-Packard's cloud group, launched on Jan. 12, showcasing what IT now can provide in a cloud service.
Image by darioferrini via Flickr The new portal contains most of McCartney's newly digitized collected assets from a half-century of trotting the globe and impressing millions of people with his singular composing and performing talents.
During the last 18 months, HP has digitized a hefty portion of the 1 million-plus assets in McCartney's vast library, one that Sir Paul himself described as something similar to the Library of Congress. "You could get lost in there," he said.
McCartney has been one of the world's most-renowned entertainment content creators for two generations. Like most people, his personal collection has been stored all these years on old-school media that's considered at risk. Not anymore,…

Thousands of Bulgarians protest fracking

Thousands of Bulgarians protested throughout the Balkan country on Saturday against exploration for shale gas, worried it would poison underground waters, trigger earthquakes and pose serious public health hazards.
Protesters rallied in more than six major Bulgarian cities calling for a moratorium on shale gas tests through hydraulic fracturing, known as fracking, and demanding a new law to ban unconventional drilling for gas in the southeastern European country.
"I am opposed because we do not know what chemicals they will put in the ground. Once they poison the water, what shall we drink?" said Olga Petrova, 24, a student who attended a protest in Sofia.
In June, the centre-right government granted a license to U.S. energy major Chevron to test for shale gas in northeastern Bulgaria, with the hope that it could reduce the country's almost complete dependence on gas imports from Russia's Gazprom.
Shale gas is natural gas locked in rock formations that in the past de…

The world's technology showcase

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Image via CrunchBase Former NFL playerJeremy Bloom anxiously scanned the crowd at a taco party under the luminous faux-sky of the Venetian hotel's canal walk in Las Vegas. The wide receiver turned entrepreneur wasn't hoping to spot friends or catch a waiter's attention -- he was on the lookout for venture capitalists.
Bloom, also a former Olympic skier, flew in from Denver, blew through four meetings, then landed at the party hosted by venture capital firmFoundry Group -- par for the course on the sidelines of the Computer Electronics Show earlier this week, where venture capitalists and cash-hungry startups held marathon meetings to seal potentially game-changing deals.
The 29-year-old was looking for financial backing for his advertising startup, Integrate.com, which already has raised $4.25 million.
CES is "a collection of some of the most important decision makers in the venture world. It would otherwise be virtually impossible to coordinate all those schedules, to…

FTC probe of Google to include company's new search

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Image via CrunchBase The Federal Trade Commission is reportedly expanding its antitrust probe of Google to include the company's new Search, plus your world social search feature, an effort to make users' results more personal.
Bloomberg and Reuters both said Jan. 13 the FTC is looking into the matter because it is concerned Google is providing preference to Google+ over Web services from others, breaking its promise to provide unbiased search results.
Search plus your world injects posts and pictures from users' Google+ accounts into their search results. It also makes users' Google+ contacts and relevant Google+ Pages more readily searchable.
However, the service eschews such content from Facebook and Twitter, two of the world's leading social services that users have come to expect content from on search engines. Google's failure to treat third-party sources equal to Google+ in search results drew complaints from media, Twitter and the Electronic Privacy Infor…

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Microsoft TV on hold

Microsoft Corp has put its talks with media companies about an online subscription service for TV shows and movies on hold, according to people familiar with the discussions.
The technology giant had been in intense talks with potential programming partners for over a year and was hoping to roll out the service in the next few months. But it pulled back after deciding that the licensing costs were too high for the business model Microsoft envisaged, according to these people.

"They built Microsoft TV, they demoed it for us, they asked for rate cards but then said 'ooh ah, that's expensive,'" said one senior media executive who had been involved in the talks.

A representative for Microsoft declined to comment.

Early versions of Microsoft's TV service included a range of advanced features such as being able to change channels with voice and motion control.

Similar to Netflix Inc, Microsoft's service also would have allowed users the option of payi…

Shares of Google Inc fell nearly 4 percent on Monday

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Image by Aray Chen via Flickr Shares of Google Inc fell nearly 4 percent on Monday, after Motorola Mobility Holdings Inc's warning of worse-than-expected financial results raised concerns about Google's pending acquisition of the smartphone maker.
The $12.5 billion acquisition of Motorola, the largest in Google's history, is expected to close early this year.
Motorola's weak results "may suggest further deterioration in the business since the acquisition was announced, and they highlight the uphill battle for Motorola" in the competitive smartphone market, JP Morgan analyst Doug Anmuth wrote in a note to investors on Sunday.
The weak financial results could also serve as a reminder to investors about the operational challenges that Google will face as it enters the hardware market, and of "clouded optics surrounding an overall slower growth, lower margin Google once the deal closes," Anmuth wrote.
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counter-productive Berthing Tax

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Image by 401K via FlickrItaly Considers Berthing Tax to Help Debt Crisis
We understand the need to fix the debt crisis in Italy, but it seems counter-productive to make it cost prohibitive for people who want to visit and contribute to the existing economy.
As part of its attempt to get to grips with it debt crisis, Italy’s government has proposed the introduction of a new Berthing Tax. Under the scheme — which would begin in May 2012 — all craft over 16ft would be taxed on a daily basis if they decide to moor up inside a harbor — or anchor off outside a harbor.
Those over 78ft would be taxed at a rate of $116 per day ($42,500 per year), while craft in excess of 177ft would have to pay $246,000 per year.
All superyachts in excess of 210ft would need to pay $332,000 per year.
Sailing yachts and all yachts in dry dock would receive a 50 percent discount, and there is some respite for older boats.
Those over five years old would get a 15 percent discount, those over 10 y…

Patch Tuesday

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Image via CrunchBase Microsoft plans to ship seven patches closing security holes in the Windows operating system and Microsoft developer tools and software in its first Patch Tuesday release of 2012.
The company fixed vulnerabilities in all versions of the Windows operating system, including Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2, according to Microsoft's advance notification announcement released Jan. 5. Only one of the seven bulletins is rated "critical," and the remaining ones are rated "important." The critical bulletin, which fixes a remote code execution issue in Media Player, can be downgraded to "important" for Windows 7 and Windows 2008 R2 users, according to the advisory.
Microsoft is expected to release the updates for January's Patch Tuesday on Jan. 10.
Six of the bulletins fixed holes in various versions of Windows, and only one would cover Microsoft Developer Tools. "Windows 7 and 2008 R2 have less exposure" as two of the bu…

Yahoo named PayPal President Scott Thompson

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Image via CrunchBaseYahoo named PayPal President Scott Thompson as its chief executive on Wednesday, hoping the well-regarded Internet technology and e-commerce expert will replicate his success at eBay Inc and turn around the struggling company.
Thompson, credited with driving growth at eBay's online payments division PayPal, joins Yahoo during a period of turmoil, as the company plows ahead with a strategic review in which discussions have included the possibility of being sold, taken private or broken up.
Shares of Yahoo were down about 2 percent in mid-morning trading, as Wall Street assessed how Thompson's hiring would affect the hopes of some investors that Yahoo would be sold or spin off its Asian assets, as well as how Thompson's background fits in with Yahoo's core online media business.
"It's a positive outcome, but not as positive as a sale of the company," said Lawrence Haverty, a fund manager with GAMCO investors, which owns Yahoo shares.
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Research In Motion could dismiss Mike Lazaridis and Jim Balsillie

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Image via CrunchBase Research In Motion could dismiss Mike Lazaridis and Jim Balsillie as co-chairmen of their company’s board, according to reports circulating widely online.
Barbara Stymiest is the figure being cited by Canadian publication the National Post as RIM’s potential next chairperson. The newspaper, which attributed that information to unnamed sources, described her as “an independent director who joined RIM’s board in 2007.”
Whether she ends up taking the reins of RIM’s board, analysts are already weighing in on whether she can help a company struggling to maintain its market share in the face of significant pressure from the likes of Google Android and Apple’s iPhone.
“We would view such an announcement positively as we believe she will initiate a formal strategic review, possibly trim costs in the hardware business, and possibly announce additional partnerships,” Peter Misek, an analyst with Jefferies & Co, wrote in a co-authored research note Jan. 4. “However, we c…