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Venrock VC leaves to launch China clean energy platform

Two of venture firm Venrock’s energy investors, Matt Trevithick and Matthew Nordan, have left the firm. Trevithick is an accomplished investors who was one of my first interviews after I launched the cleantech site. We’ve published many pieces from Nordan on the state of cleantech venture […]

Ford’s connected car won’t deliver a pizza, but it can order one

At CES Ford unveiled five new apps for its Sync AppLink connected infotainment system: Domino's Pizza, ADT, Parkmobile, Parkopedia and Gracenote HABU. It's also launching its first developer conference in June.

Smart window startup View kicks into overdrive with $100M from Madrone (those Walmart guys)

Startup View raises a whopper of a round from the private equity firm associated with the Walmart heirs. Can another $100 million deliver on-demand tinting windows across the country?

Audi taps AT&T for its 4G car; demos its future connected vehicle

Audi's 4G cars in the U.S. will be linked to AT&T's LTE network -- another big win in the automotive space for AT&T. In future Audi connected cars Nvidia and Google will also be major players.

AT&T wants to delve deeper into the connected car with AT&T Drive

AT&T launched a new program at CES called Drive with the aim of moving beyond supplying mere connectivity to future vehicles. AT&T wants to become a key technology supplier in the dashboard.

13 biggest moments in cleantech in 2013

Here's the 13 biggest things I paid attention to this year around next-generation energy, sustainability, and resource management. Oh heck, let's just keep calling it cleantech.

What 60 Minutes got right and wrong in its story on the “cleantech crash”

60 Minutes just aired one of the more mainstream looks yet at the Silicon Valley cleantech rise and fall. While they got some things right they also got some wrong. My take here.

A123’s owner bids for bankrupt car maker Fisker

Battery maker A123 Systems, which had its own brush with bankruptcy in 2012, wants to buy bankrupt car maker Fisker. The independent A123 made batteries for Fisker’s hybrid Karma car, but was acquired by Wanxiang Group of Hangzhou, China at auction after the bankruptcy filing. A123 […]

Ford is upgrading 3.4M older vehicles to run connected-car apps

Ford's smartphone centric approach to the connected car is paying off. By relying on the handset to deliver the data link and run infotainment apps, Ford is able to retroactively connect millions of unconnected cars.

As Airbnb scales, the traveler experience needs work

Now that Airbnb has grown up, has a huge valuation, and is causing fear in the hotel lobby in cities across the world, can the traveler experience get a little better, please?

Why Nest might need another huge funding round

A report says Nest is raising another whopper of a funding round. Here's why it needs such a large chunk of change now.

Grow a garden in your kitchen or create a new form of CSA with GrowCubes

The aeroponic growing system's creators say they would like to launch a Kickstarter campaign this summer to get them into the hands of backers by the end of 2014.

GM begins its 4G car rollout with Chevy Corvette, Impala, Malibu and Volt

2014 is going to be a major overhaul year for GM when it comes to the connected car. The majority of Chevy's new 2015 vehicles will get LTE connectivity as well as an in-dash upgrade.

The business of home automation is enabling the internet of things

The home automation market size is around $8.8 billion. Here's an overview of some business models to capture the opportunity.

North Carolina has morphed into a solar power leader this year

What was one of the hottest solar states in 2013 in the U.S.? Would you expect it was North Carolina?

Put a computer in your tank: fuel ‘fingerprints’ mean smarter car engines

A French company wants to put a $25 sensor in the fuel tanks of vehicles to help the engines burn cleaner and more efficiently. The sensor takes a "fingerprint" of the fuel, informing car computers how to respond.

Europe’s set to mandate common phone chargers — so where does this leave Apple?

Apple shied away from an earlier plan to standardize on a common phone charger, but it won't be able to dodge this new, environment-driven piece of legislation.

A potentially disruptive electronics startup you should know about: Transphorm

More efficient power electronics might not be all that sexy. But a startup is scaling up the process to make next-generation power conversion a reality.

Startup MagnaCom is challenging the underlying technology of all broadband

QAM has shaped the waveforms in our communications networks for 40 years, but MagnaCom has developed an alternative modulation scheme that it claims will revolutionize speed, capacity and power efficiency on wireless and wireline networks.

Ug: Smart energy devices have a major problem with user experience

The smart heating devices in the U.K. score resoundingly poor on usability, and user satisfaction. Time to step up design in the energy field.

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