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Magid: For tech users, every day should be Earth Day

As technology users, there are things we can do to help the enviornoment -- even very little things, when multiplied by millions of people, can have a big impact.
 
Google's self-adjusting Nest thermostat provides an intriguing example of what is fast coming down the road in the 'Internet of Things.'
 
 
WATERSMART
WaterSmart Software, a small startup in San Francisco, is working with local water districts in California and other states to transform meter data into easy-to-understand home water reports that are mailed directly to homeowners or made accessible via the Web and mobile devices.
 
 
SMART GRID
( Karl Mondon )
California adopts first-in-nation energy storage plan

State regulators require utilities to invest in energy storage technology 
SOLAR
(D. ROSS CAMERON)
Biz Break: New partnerships for SolarCity and Best Buy, Yahoo and Yelp

Today: SolarCity rockets higher on Wall Street after landing a deal to sell its residential solar systems at Best Buy, while Tesla gains after New Jersey ordered the carmaker to shut its stores. Also: Yahoo and Yelp team up to challenge Google. 
GREEN AUTOS
(Al Behrman/AP Photos)
Have Tesla sales topped out? Automaker needs a cheaper model

Have Tesla Motors sales stalled? That's what analysts are asking after looking at the electric car company's latest sales data.  
Uriel Sinai
04/18/2014 06:52 PM PDT - As technology users, there are things we can do to help the enviornoment -- even very little things, when multiplied by millions of people, can have a big impact.
 
 
04/18/2014 11:23 PM PDT - Google's self-adjusting Nest thermostat provides an intriguing example of what is fast coming down the road in the 'Internet of Things.'
 
 
WATERSMART
04/12/2014 01:27 PM PDT - WaterSmart Software, a small startup in San Francisco, is working with local water districts in California and other states to transform meter data into easy-to-understand home water reports that are mailed directly to homeowners or made accessible via the Web and mobile devices.
 
 
04/08/2014 04:33 PM PDT - Crowdfunding may supply the rooftop solar projects with $5 billion of investment within five years, more than 50 times the amount raised to date.  
 
 
( Josie Lepe )
Free tours of water-wise California-native gardens

As more Californians than ever explore drought-tolerant landscape alternatives, two upcoming garden tours shine a spotlight on low-water native plants. On April 26 and 27, some 60 gardens on the Peninsula and in the Santa Clara Valley will be open to visitors. And on May 4, some 40 East Bay gardens, from Fremont to Martinez, will be open too. 
(Photo by Dan Hallman/Invision/AP Images)
Ryan Seacrest leaving 'American Idol?'

Report says the “Idol” host stepping down after current season.