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Tech News for 02-24-10

Google has entered into another unexpected industry: electric utilities. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission approved the search engine’s application to become a electricity utility, since according to the FERC, there were no real reasons to deny the application. Google Energy will be the brand used to develop opportunities to contain and manage the cost of energy for Google, which hints that the company will be using this new authority to manage its own energy consumption; possibly giving it the ability to integrate renewable energy.

During a meeting with representatives from the Wall Street Journal, Steve Jobs reportedly stated that Adobe’s Flash video technology is a “CPU hog” which is the reason why Apple will not include Adobe Flash with their new iPad tablet device. The Apple CEO reportedly also stated to the representatives that they should switch to an alternative video compression, instead of sticking with Adobe’s Flash technology. Adobe has made recent efforts to correct some performance issues with Flash on Mac OS X, stating that Flash 10.1 should offer “significant improvements”.

I had reported recently that Google, along with several other technology firms, had undergone an online attack. The New York Times has reported that internet security experts have traced those attacks to computers at two universities in China, Shanghai Jiao Tong University and Lanxiang Vocational School. Both schools have denied involvements in the attack according to report by Chinese state media.

~Bryan Scheiber is a Systems Administrator in Metro Detroit.
He can be reached at: bryan@bryzo.com