HELSINKI (Reuters) - Google said it has signed a 10-year deal to buy renewable energy from three new wind farms that are being built in Finland and which will power one of its data centres. Big companies have rushed to secure cheap renewable energy to manage costs and reduce their carbon footprint through so-called corporate power purchase agreements (PPAs), which allow firms such as Google, owned by Alphabet Inc, Facebook and Microsoft to buy directly from the energy generator. Google said on Tuesday that the Finnish deal is the first where it is buying power from European projects that will not receive any government subsidies. "In a growing number of locations, the cost of new renewable energy is competitive with the cost of power from the grid," Marc Oman, Google's head of EU energy, said in a blog. The combined capacity of the three farms will be 190 megawatts (MW) and will be built by renewable energy developers Neoen of France and Germany's CPC and WPD. New wind power … [Read more...] about Google buys into new Finnish wind energy in renewables search
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Google plans to launch a censorship-friendly search engine for the Chinese market, tailored to the demands of China’s authoritarian communist government. That is quite a contrast with Google’s reluctance to work for the U.S. military. Just a few months ago, an employee revolt at the tech giant nearly killed a vital artificial-intelligence contract with the Pentagon.The Intercept on August 1 cited internal Google documents to tell the tale of “Dragonfly,” a project launched last year and “accelerated” after a productive meeting between Google CEO Sundar Pichai and a Chinese official last December. Dragonfly sounds like a totalitarian wet dream, an Orwellian nightmare built from the ground up to satisfy China’s hunger for speech control: The Chinese government blocks information on the internet about political opponents, free speech, sex, news, and academic studies. It bans websites about the 1989 Tiananmen Square massacre, for instance, and … [Read more...] about Hayward: Google Builds Censored Search Engine for China But Refuses A.I. Work for U.S. Military
Earlier this summer, the outrage swirling about Center City focused on Philadelphia having sold advertising space on hundreds of Big Belly trashcans. The reaction to the 10-year, $1.25 million contract (for which the city gets a five-percent cut) was social-media swift and negative: Ugh, those Barbera’s Autoland “300 JEEPS CHEAP!” ads are overwhelming. Well, this week comes word that a fitness chain and creative agency have teamed up to purchase ad space on 18 of those trashcans and replace the car dealership advertisements with works from local artists. The #TrashcanTakeover initiative – involving City Fitness, Rory Creative and @StreetsDept – was prompted both by “City Council’s policy which transformed 375 of the City’s trashcans into salable advertising space” and the reaction to what that looked like in practice. The public-art initiative features trashcans in the area between 15th and 19th streets and Chestnut and … [Read more...] about Public-art project reimagines 18 trashcans in Center City
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THE KEY Voters cast their ballots at Grace Bible Church in Greencastle, Pa., on May 15, during the Pennsylvania primary election. (Colleen McGrath/Public Opinion via AP) With midterm elections on the horizon, policymakers in Washington are fixated on preventing the kind of sophisticated cyberattacks and highly targeted influence operations that rocked the 2016 presidential election. On the other coast, a Google-founded technology incubator is offering political campaigns a free tool to defend against a simpler kind of cyberattack it says could also prove a serious threat to the democratic process. Jigsaw announced Wednesday that it would start providing political organizations free protection against direct denial of service attacks, which are designed to overload a target with fake traffic. The service, called Project Shield, essentially creates a filter that prevents this malicious traffic from reaching the protected website. It's … [Read more...] about The Cybersecurity 202: Google wants to help political groups fight these cheap but destructive cyberattacks