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Tech Roundup: Tesla Founder Takes Step Toward Rocket Launch; New App to Track Smart Meter Data From iPads

A look at the top Palo Alto technology stories that made the news this week.

As Palo Alto is swimming in a virtual sea of technology companies, here's a look at how some made the news this week.

•Tesla Motor’s co-founder Elon Musk has made a major move with his space exploration company SpaceX. On Thursday, Musk was joined by California Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom and other dignitaries to break ground on a new launch site for the Falcon Heavy rocket: Vandenberg Air Force Base. The rocket is expected to arrive by the end of 2012.

•Heartwarming tech story of the week: Facebook user and author Deborah Copaken Kogan could not figure out the mysterious disease her son was infected with, and neither could doctors. But soon after she pasted a photo of her son on Facebook, a friend called, recognizing the condition as the rare Kawaski disease. Kogan then rushed her son to the hospital in time to receive treatment.

•Palo Alto-based Visible Energy Inc. launched a product this week that allows PG&E users to tap into Smart Meter data from their iPads. Their EnergyUFO+ iPad application presents users with daily updates on the amount of their electrical consumption.

•Swedish software maker Apica will soon be calling Palo Alto its home. The cloud and mobile device app monitor has raised $2 millon in funding to make the big relocation. Yet it may face some competition from Silicon-Valley based SOASTA, which recently raised $21 million for its cloud-based testing solutions.

•Palo Alto based LeoNovus has raised $1.3 million in private funding, money it intends to go toward selling and marketing an HDTV product. It will allow people to both access and view the Internet from TVs big and small.

RobertWilliams July 16, 2011 at 01:53 AM
Laboratory Scientists have observed (1) Human Cell Damage, (2) DNA Chain Breaks and (3) Breaches in the Blood-Brain Barrier from levels of non-ionizing radiation lower than that of cell phones and WIRELESS Smart meters. The National Institute of Health months ago found biological changes in the brain after only minutes of exposure to non-ionizing radiation. The World Health Organization placed the Non-ionizing radiation coming from Wireless smart meters, Cell phones, Wi-fi, Cordless phones and Baby Monitors on the Class 2-B Carcinogen List along with DDT and Lead. Mandatory installation of Wireless smart meters NOW has to stop. Because Cell Phone use is Voluntary, that is a completely different issue. 1. WIRELESS SMART METERS – 100 TIMES MORE RADIATION THAN CELL PHONES. Video Interview: Nuclear Scientist, Daniel Hirsch, (5 minutes). http://stopsmartmeters.org/2011/04/20/daniel-hirsch-on-ccsts-fuzzy-math/ 2. WIRELESS SMART METERS – CANCER, NERVOUS SYSTEM DAMAGE, ADVERSE REPRODUCTION AFFECTS. Video Interview: Dr. Carpenter, New York Public Health Department, Dean of Public Health, (2 minutes). http://emfsafetynetwork.org/?p=3946 3. THE KAROLINSKA INSTITUTE IN STOCKHOLM (the University that gives the Nobel Prizes) ISSUES GLOBAL HEALTH WARNING AGAINST WIRELESS SMART METERS. 2-page Press Release: http://www.scribd.com/doc/48148346/Karolinska-Institute-Press-Release

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