Gigabit Squared plans fiber broadband for Chicago’s south side

Chicago will become the first city to receive a fiber network as part of Gigabit Squared’s college town connectivity program. The Windy City may not be your classic college town, but the University of Chicago’s south side neighborhood makes an interesting testbed for the technology.

Inspired by Google, Chicago pursues gigabit broadband

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel is embarking on a gigabit fiber project, thanks to the suggestion of Google’s Eric Schmidt, taking advantage of the overhaul of its water infrastructure to lay new data pipes. The plan is create 15 tech zones to feed Chicago’s growing startup community.

Chicago’s Dabble creates a Craigslist for casual learning

Interested in trying your hand at worm composting or grant writing? Ever felt the desire to make your own sausage or kimchi? There’s a good chance someone on startup Dabble’s website is teaching just such a class this month, and for $20 you can sign up.

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Chrysler-Fiat Deal Contingent on More Loans: Anonymous sources say Fiat’s agreement to take a 35-percent stake in Chrysler will not be binding unless Washington loans Chrysler an additional $3 billion. — Wall Street Journal

Toyota the New Top Dog: For the first time since the Great Depression, General Motors (s GM) cannot call itself the world’s largest automaker. Its sales fell behind Toyota (s TM) in 2008.– New York Times

Energy Storage Taxonomy Unveiled: The Storage Networking Industry Association has proposed a “Green Storage Taxonomy” for classifying energy storage devices based on power consumption where and how they’re used. The group also wants to set a standard for measuring idle power consumption. — Press Release

Carbon Prices Tank: The price of carbon permits has fallen by more than half since mid-2008. They were trading at 11.63 euros (about $15) by early afternoon on Wednesday, largely because of the global economic downturn. — NYT’s Green Inc.

Obama Halts Midnight Regulations: President Barack Obama ordered a freeze on new or proposed regulations at all government agencies and departments yesterday. The Federal Eye blog has a link to the full memo from Rahm Emanuel. — Washington Post’s Federal Eye