Google demonstrated its new entertainment hub for TV with a browser which includes a joint effort with Sony, Intel and Logitech. As part of the announcement Google explained that “Google TV is a new experience made for television that combines the TV you know and love with the freedom and power of the Internet.” No surprise since it seemed inevitable that the Internet and television would merge a some point and it’s little wonder that Google a first mover!

IT Teams Up with Dairy Farmers

A recent report indicated that manure “from 10,000 cows could provide the power for a small computing center at a bank,” so Google, Microsoft, and HP are building more data centers in more rural areas to capitalize on dairy farmers’ use of cattle waste. “Information technology and manure have a symbiotic relationship,” said Chandrakant D. Patel, the director of H.P.’s sustainable information technology laboratory. How refreshing to see that IT can really be GREEN!

Google’s Woes Continue in the EU About WiFi Data

Things seem to be getting worse in the EU as Spain, France, and the Czech Republic announced plans to investigate collection of WiFi network data which raise the likelihood of EU sanctions. Of course Google takes the position that unsecure WiFi network data is not private and that other companies collect this data in the EU including Skyhook and organizations like the German Fraunhofer Institute. This will be interesting to follow and may have world-wide implications!

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