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Google Buys Wind Energy Until 2031

Today is Earth Day, and it marks a day of making better decisions for our planet. After spending nearly $275 million dollars on renewable energy, Google is not falling short of expectations this time. Google has announced today that it has signed a power purchase agreement for wind energy in Oklahoma. Mayes County Oklahoma will have a fully operational data center by the end of 2011 thanks to wind energy. Google will be buying the energy from NextEra Energy Resources’ Minco II wind facility and will continue to get energy there until 2031.

Wal Mart Acquires Kosmix For Social Initiatives

In a time of buyouts, Wal-Mart is buying Kosmix, a social media company that is based in the heart of silicon valley, Mountain View, California. Although Wal-Mart did not mention specifics of the agreement, they did say that the acquisition will be instrumental in rolling out new social and mobile initiatives.

Wal-Mart continued in saying that the @WalmartLabs team will work hard on building its social and mobile commerce strategy in efforts to keep its online and in-store avenues in tact. I believe this is a necessary move for Wal-Mart, a corporation that now has physical stores in 15 countries and e-commerce businesses in nine countries.

Bankrupt Blockbuster For Sale

The popular movie rental chain, Blockbuster is now bankrupt and a part of an ongoing auction that opened Monday morning. Today, a winning bid of $284 million bid from Dish Network’s Charles Ergen was placed. The next highest bidder is a hedge-fund manager, Carl Icahn at 280.9 million.

The other groups with qualified bids are Monarch Alternative Capital, South Korea’s SK Telecom, and a joint bid by liquidators Gordon Brothers Group and Hilco Merchant Resources. If Carl Icahn or the Gordon Brothers/Hilco Merchant group were to win,

TechStars Raises $8 Million In Funding

With locations all over the country, TechStars is a “mentorship-driven seed stage investment program.” Each year, they run a three month long program in Boston (MA), Boulder (CO), New York City (NY) and Seattle (WA). TechStars is very selective, hand picking about ten companies out of hundreds for each city. These companies get up to $18,000 in seed funding, three months of intensive top-notch mentorship, and the chance to pitch to angel investors and venture capitalists at the end of the program.

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