GamesBeat Giveaways: 100 beta codes for TERA (PC)

GamesBeat is proud to announce that we’ve secured 100 beta codes for TERA, the upcoming MMO from En Masse Entertainment. Rivaling the visuals and production values of the Lineage series and anything put out by NCSoft, TERA has been a long time coming. Now’s your chance to play the game before it releases in May.

Smart grid startups compete for highly variable venture funding

Venture capital industry interest and investment in smart grid startups has been up and down over the past five years, ranging from a peak of nearly $316 million in 2009 to around $100 million or less in 2011 (as of the end of September). There’s reason to be optimistic about the future growth of the sector, however. Powerful fundamental factors — the shift to cleaner, renewable energy sources and market deregulation among them — continue to support growth, as do smart grid proponents and technology providers.