Electric Vehicles emissions vary greatly by region

While emissions levels associated with the electricity an electric vehicle (EV) consumes vary widely by region, drivers can expect to reduce emissions compared to average gasoline-powered vehicles, according to a new analysis by the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS).

Broken down by category and divided by electric grid regions, the analysis concludes that in every part of the country, EVs outperform most gasoline-powered vehicl

City to save $2.7 million annually with remote LED light monitoring

On Tuesday, the city council of Chattanooga, Tenn., approved a contract proposal to replace existing municipal lights with high efficiency lighting fixtures that incorporate FlexNet wireless remote monitoring and control capabilities from smart grid infrastructure provider, Sensus.

Real-time, in-car communication system helps find missing child within 45 minutes

COPsync, Inc., a company that operates a law enforcement real-time, in-car information sharing, communication and data interoperability network, announced that the Gonzales County, Texas Sheriff’s Office used the COPsync network to locate a missing child within 45 minutes and hours before an Amber alert would have been issued.

Verizon Wireless to charge $30 fee for upgrades

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Verizon Wireless will start charging customers a $30 fee for cellphone upgrades, on top of the price they pay for the new device, as the company looks to supplement its income to cover costs.


The change at the biggest U.S. mobile provider follows a fourth-quarter decline in its wireless profit margins, which came under pressure from hefty subsidies it had to pay Apple Inc (Cupertino, Calif., USA) for the popular iPhone. Carriers pay such subsidies because devices like the iPhone help to attract new customers and boost revenue.

UnitedHealthcare grants $700,000 to California Telehealth Network

UnitedHealthcare has donated $700,000 to the California Telehealth Network to help expand telemedicine training and provide technical support for rural and medically underserved clinics and hospitals in California.

Sensus invests $6.5 million for 15% stake in Navetas

Sensus, a provider of smart grid infrastructure technologies for electric, gas and water utilities, last week announced it has invested $6.5 million for a 15% stake in Navetas Energy Management in order to have exclusive rights to market its technology in the United States.


Navetas’s (Suffolk, U.K.) patented energy management software allows consumers to monitor the electricity consumption of discrete devices on their premise.

Leap, T-Mobile swap spectrum

Leap Wireless International, Inc., a provider of wireless communications services, announced on Monday that it has entered into definitive license exchange agreements with T-Mobile USA, Cook Inlet/VS GSM VII PCS, a joint venture between T-Mobile and Cook Inlet in which T-Mobile has a non-controlling majority interest, and Leap's non-controlled, majority-owned venture Savary Island Wireless, to exchange wireless spectrum in various markets.

About 40,000 AT&T workers may strike if talks fail

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About 40,000 AT&T Inc workers or 15% of employees could walk off the job as early as Sunday after giving their union the authority to call a strike, if labor negotiations on a range of issues from healthcare costs to job security turn sour.


The Communications Workers of America said on Tuesday that workers had voted to authorize a strike in case it fails to reach an agreement with AT&T (Dallas, Texas, USA) by midnight on Saturday April 7 when four labor contracts expire.

HP awarded U.S. Army contract for cloud computing

HP Enterprise Services on Tuesday announced it has been selected by the U.S. Army to provide the Department of Defense and other federal agencies with enterprise cloud computing services under the Army Private Cloud contract (APC2).

LightSquared considers filing for bankruptcy

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After months of devastating setbacks, wireless network startup LightSquared is considering filing for bankruptcy, according to founder and hedge fund manager Philip Falcone on Wednesday.


Falcone, who’s Harbinger Capital Partners is majority owner of the wireless startup, said bankruptcy could help salvage LightSquared (Reston, Va., USA) by providing more time to deal with its many problems, reports Reuters.

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