Tendril buys Recurve for energy analytics

Energy software company Tendril has snapped up intellectual property, employees and a San Francisco office from Recurve, the startup (formerly called Sustainable Spaces) which develops and sells software to help energy auditors determine the most cost-efficient energy efficiency measures for their customers.

OPINION: Home Star, A Smart Investment in Jobs, Innovation

For hundreds of thousands of American construction and manufacturing workers who have been sidelined by the recession, the proposed Home Star program – which now awaits Senate approval – represents a lifeline to good jobs with living wages in a growing 21st-century industry.

Veoh Assets Sold to Qlipso

Los Angeles-based social video start-up Qlipso has bought the assets of San Diego-based video sharing site Veoh, according to a report from Socaltech.com. Veoh’s web site already reflects the change of ownership, stating: “Now part of qlipso, so you can share the fun!” Details of the transaction have not been revealed, and Qlipso didn’t return a request for comment.
Veoh filed for bankruptcy in February. The site competed with YouTube (s GOOG) early on and raised more than $70 million in funding, but suffered from a number of strategic missteps along the way, including the focus on a desktop player and exorbitant spending of up to $4 million per month on staff and infrastructure. A copyright infringement lawsuit brought against it by the Universal Music Group didn’t really help to turn things around, either.
Qlipso offers users the ability to combine web videos and other media assets to playlists, personalize these playlists with 3-D avatars and share them in a live web chat. The company has apparently gone through a number of iterations and was previously also know as Icontaqt, 2Peer and Playr. It is backed by Jerusalem Venture Partners and led by CEO Jon Goldman, who previously co-founded the video game developer Foundation 9 Entertainment.
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“Cash for Caulkers” Could Deliver $23B for Home Energy Efficiency

Step aside “Cash for Clunkers,” and make way for “Cash for Caulkers.” The White House is reportedly considering rolling out a two-year, $23 billion program to encourage homeowners to undertake weatherization projects such as adding air sealing, insulation and energy-saving light bulbs. The program would be called Home Star -– playing off the name Energy Star, the Environmental Protection Agency’s widely recognized energy efficiency program. The New York Times, in a story published last night, reported Rahm Emanuel, President Obama’s chief of staff, as saying that it’s one of the “top things he’s looking at.”
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Energy Retrofits Not so Stimulated by Stimulus Bill

greenbuilding3The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act — that $787 billion behemoth of a bill that was signed into law in February and was meant to stimulate the U.S. economy — so far seems to have had a beneficial but lackluster impact on the home energy retrofit market. The $4.3 billion in stimulus tax credits for better insulation, double-paned windows, and other energy-saving measures are having a “small but positive” effect on the home remodeling market, research firm Canaccord Adams concludes in a report published today. Any uptick is welcome in this struggling economy, but such modest results after six months raise the question of whether or not the credits will be able to generate $6 billion in remodeling activity through next year, which was the fed’s original estimate.
The report doesn’t dig into how much remodeling activity the credits have delivered to date, but it took a look at other indicators like a building index and various media reports. One reason for less-than-stellar growth is the structure of the tax credits, says Matt Golden, president of home energy retrofitter Sustainable Spaces. If you purchase energy-saving windows, roofs and heating systems, you are eligible for tax credits that are worth 30 percent of the cost of the purchase, up to a maximum of $1,500. But the bulk of the cost of a home energy retrofit is for labor, for which the tax credits don’t apply.
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Nottable Laptop Stand- Use Your Notebook In Any Position

Nottable sittingNotebook stands are a dime a dozen, and they come in all shapes and sizes. It’s unusual, however, when one appears that can be used in many different configurations while sporting high-quality aluminum construction. A new stand from a Brazilian inventor is definitely well constructed and it’s amazing how it can be adjusted to fit any working pose. Want to use your notebook sitting in a chair? How about sitting on the floor? Maybe you’d rather stand while working? Or use your notebook lying in bed? The Nottable stand can be configured to provide access in any of those stances, and more.

The Nottable is available for $150 in a variety of colors. The manufacturer’s video shows how well constructed it is, how quickly it can be set up, and how adjustable it is. You can literally adjust the Nottable to fit the exact height needed for the way you want to work, no matter what position you prefer. You can quickly change the position from time to time to vary your working ergonomics —  a good thing. I need me one of these, that’s for sure.

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