PG&E lawsuit spreads down Smart Grid supply chain

Last week, we reported on the lawsuit being filed against Pacific Gas & Electric for price hikes seemingly caused by installation of smart meters in the Bakersfield area of California. Now the plaintiff’s attorneys say that PG&E’s suppliers should also be sued — a who’s who of Smart Grid companies including General Electric, meter maker Landis+Gyr and communications provider Silver Spring Networks.

Disaboom offers social networking for those with disabilities — if it can attract them

Social marketing is generally a matter of attracting like-minded people and aiming advertising at them. Getting at disparate and often amorphous groups who nevertheless still have something in common is quite a bit trickier, though — which explains the genesis of Disaboom.com, a new social-networking/marketing site aimed at bringing together people with disabilities, a group every bit as diverse as the general U.S. population.

Why you can’t ignore the Open Compute Project any longer

If you’re in the data-center business, you’ve probably been following the Open Compute Project (OCP). And if you haven’t, you should. OCP is Facebook’s response to dealing with a server count that likely exceeds a million. Their innovations around scale and serviceability are simply too compelling to ignore.

Smart Logistics: Mobile meets the value chain (and makes it faster, smarter, and cheaper)

Mobile technology is shaking up logistics and how companies manage the flow of resources throughout the value chain. From the automotive and air travel industries to food production and construction, mobile innovation is streamlining processes, cutting costs and making the entire flow more intelligent.