A sneak peek into Google’s servers and energy efficiency

A report from data center energy expert Jonathan Koomey, published on Monday morning, gave a rare glimpse into some educated estimates for how many servers and how much electricity Google uses, and how energy-efficient those custom servers are.

ComScore: 6.5M Mobile Vid Watchers in August

New numbers from comScore show that 6.5 million Americans watched mobile video in August. AT&T, which is the exclusive carrier for the iPhone, was tops among providers, with 4.4 percent of subscribers accessing programmed or on-demand mobile video.

Earth2Tech Week in Review

A bailout, a debate and a flurry of cleantech press releases could have had you distracted. Here are the important headlines from the week.

Google, No. 2 Cleantech Venture Investor in Q3: Google has taken such an enthusiastic role in investing and promoting clean energy that the search engine giant was the second most active cleantech venture investor during the third quarter, according to a report from the Cleantech Group.

Cleantech Community Celebrating Green Bailout: It took a financial crisis, but the U.S. Congress has finally extended the investment and production tax credits that are so vital for the cleantech industry.

Google’s “Clean Power by 2030? Plan Could Save U.S. $1 Trillion: The search engine giant says while this plan will cost $4.4 trillion (in undiscounted 2008 dollars), it will ultimately save $5.4 trillion, delivering a net savings of $1 trillion over the life of the plan.

EEStor to Super Charge Electric Bikes: Light Electric Vehicles Company (LightEVs) says it has signed an exclusive agreement with EEStor to use the EESU in two- and three-wheeled vehicles. This follows partnerships with military-industrial giant Lockheed Martin and electric car maker ZENN.

19 Electric Car Players Pitch San Francisco: The mayor’s office has received 19 responses to its request for information to electrify the city’s fleet. The responders include electric car players, like Better Place and ZAP, huge consultancies, like Booz Allen Hamilton, and a number of unknowns.

Charlie Giancarlo, #2 Guy at Cisco Joins Silver Lake Partners

giancarlo-charles.jpgThe exodus of senior management at Cisco Systems (CSCO) continues. Today, Chief Development Officer Charlie Giancarlo and the #2 man at Cisco resigned. He is joining buyout shop, Silver Lake Partners. He was amongst the trusted lieutenants of CEO John Chambers, but like many others before him faced the prospect of being the crown prince for a long long time. Earlier Mike Volpi, long thought to be a CEO candidate, left Cisco and took over the reigns at P2P TV company, Joost.

Giancarlo, one of my favorite Cisco executives, was company’s first Vice President of Business Development, and helped build company’s merger and acquisition strategy, playing a big role in Cisco’s first 18 acquisitions and 20 investments. He joined the company when Cisco acquired Kalpana. That was back in the day. His most recent success was Linksys, which he helped integrate into Cisco. The rumors of Charlie’s exit have been doing the rounds for past couple of days.

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