Technology

Google ravenous for square footage: A leading provider of virtual productivity tools, Google spends big on offices and data centers. But hard times are ahead to keep its workforce intact.

The 100,000-year plan: As Finland takes bold action toward energy independence with new nuclear reactors and an unfathomable waste-storage strategy, Russia’s energy tendrils are proving hard to untangle.

Are recent video and gaming outages a sign of an overburdened infrastructure? The increase in high-resolution 4K video and demanding multiplayer games could be bogging down network connections.

Meta’s Horizon Worlds features can monetize VR: Creators will be able to sell items “in-world,” with Meta taking up to 47.5%. Will creators balk at the cost of business in the metaverse?

Cooling consumer demand drives down Q1 PC sales: PC makers need to attract consumer and educational markets with compelling 2-in-1s, gaming PCs, and tablets in coming quarters.

Solar energy goes dark, in a brilliant way: Researchers create solar panels that generate electricity at night. It’s part of a sustainability revolution that’s using radiative cooling to boost green energy.

ES: Boeing’s multi-cloud flightpath: As enterprises embrace a multi-cloud approach, Microsoft and Google adapt while Amazon continues to shoot for a cloud monopoly.

Tensie Whelan, professor and director at the NYU Stern Center for Sustainable Business, suggests several ways to make a real impact, both financially and environmentally, with sustainability policies.

Amazon faces investigation into use of third-party seller data: As the SEC looks into Amazon business practices, Congress asks the DOJ to investigate the company for obstruction, which could heighten regulatory pressure on Big Tech.

Hertz on track to electrify fleet by diversifying EV suppliers: Polestar fills Tesla’s gaps and may attract other manufacturers to help Hertz reach its goal of half a million rental EVs.

Mineral arms race dives deep: The future of clean energy and ocean ecosystems hangs in the balance of the UN’s closed-door decision-making on deep-sea mining. Yet there are greener trajectories.

Tripadvisor used conversational AI technology for a campaign executed on voice assistants like Alexa and Google Assistant with the goal of maintaining engagement during the pandemic, according to Adam Ochman, global head of marketing at Tripadvisor.

Coronavirus lockdowns in China have global repercussions: The ripple effect of Chinese factory shutdowns will be felt far and wide while businesses are forced to adjust expectations.

Companies tempted to ride the blockchain wave may want to avoid dipping their toes into nonfungible tokens (NFTs) just yet. Among adults in Great Britain who’d heard of NFTs, 43% said they’d feel less favorable toward a company if it started offering them, and 32% said their opinion wouldn’t change either way. Only 3% would view a company more favorably if it offered the digital tokens.

Let the AI war games not begin: Rising geopolitical tension threatens to disrupt robust US-China AI collaboration, potentially veering the world toward destructive versus constructive uses of the technology.

Biden Administration prepares to promote innovation through tighter regulation: The DOJ’s support for antitrust bill could level the playing field for smaller firms but risks putting Big Tech on the defensive.

EV batteries need to chill: Waiting until EVs are ubiquitous will be too late to address battery flammability. Safety measures taken now will yield both social and economic benefits.

Intel earns Nvidia’s vote as potential foundry partner: Future Intel chip fabs could boost capacity for GPUs and other chips, taking away TSMC and Samsung’s dominance and bringing production closer to home.

People trust their gut, but AI doesn’t have one: Executives are guarded about AI adoption for high-level use. There’s a path forward, but given the risks, C-suite caution is wise.