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(Reuters) - SolarCity Corp on Thursday said it created a $750 million fund to finance about 25,000 residential solar projects, with Google Inc investing nearly half the funding. The money will be used by SolarCity to put solar panels on homes. The growth of such financing has made generating electric power from the sun an option for households who do not want to shell out the $20,000 to $30,000 upfront cost of a typical residential solar system. The fund is the largest ever created for residential solar systems, SolarCity said, and Google's $300 million equity stake is the technology giant's biggest renewable energy investment to date.

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NEW YORK (AP) — IBM's CEO says the company's plan to revamp its business to shift away from hardware and focus on business analytics, cloud computing, mobile services and security is on track.

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(Reuters) - International Business Machines Corp , which ruled computing in the age of the mainframe, is targeting $40 billion in annual revenue from the cloud, big data, security and other growth areas by 2018. The aggressive target, set by IBM executives at the company's annual investor meeting in New York on Thursday, is the latest step for the technology giant towards emerging, high-margin businesses and away from its previous strongholds in hardware and servers. The $40 billion will come from areas which IBM calls its "strategic imperatives", namely cloud, analytics, mobile, social and security software. The company said it would shift $4 billion in spending to its "strategic imperatives" this year.

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By offering enterprise adoption agreements, Splunk is hoping to encourage more enterprises to standardize on its machine data analytics platform.

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If you thought the Galaxy S6 model that’ll sport a curved display would get similar software features as Samsung’s Note Edge phablet, then you might be in for another surprise. As SamMobile reports, the Galaxy S6 Edge might lack the special Edge functions available on the Galaxy Note Edge, as Samsung has apparently chosen a different approach to such displays. Even more interestingly, a handset said to be the upcoming Galaxy S6 Edge Samsung intends to announce this coming Sunday has just been pictured for the first time FROM EARLIER: The iPhone 6 might be low-res, but Apple’s highest-resolution device ever is coming soon Following Wednesday’s major leak that showed a clear picture of what is believed to be a Galaxy S6 prototype, a

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Last year, we stayed up all night and watched House of Cards' second season in its entirety from the moment it first became available, at 3:01AM ET. This time, TC Sottek has foolishly agreed to join me in watching all of House of Cards season three starting this Friday, February 27th, at 3:01AM ET. We'll be chronicling our experience throughout each episode with minute-by-minute commentary and personal scribblings.

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IBM plans to spend an additional $4 billion on "strategic imperative" units, partner more and innovate in its core businesses.

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Somewhere in this technological New Wave lies Xiaomi, a Chinese firm founded in 2010 that has become impossible to ignore. It’s also driven partly by the high-profile hiring of former Android boss Hugo Barra from Google.

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Mickey McManus, a respected connectivity expert, research fellow at Autodesk, and chairman of MAYA, talked to TechRepublic about his work and his passion for humanizing technology.

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Unveiled late last year in Amsterdam, the Docker orchestration services designed to facilitate multi-container distributed apps can now be downloaded.

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Hyperloop Transportation Technologies has secured land for the first full-scale Hyperloop, planned for a 2016 launch in the California model town of Quay Valley. Building off Elon Musk's freely available designs, the crowdfunded company has staked out a five-mile stretch of Quay Valley adjacent to California's Interstate 5 freeway as a place where the innovative transportation system can be deployed. "This installation will allow us to demonstrate all systems on a full scale and immediately begin generating revenues for our shareholders through actual operations," CEO Dirk Ahlborn said in a statement.

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Audi will announce its second-generation R8 supercar at the Geneva Motor Show next week (we'll be there!), which will be available in a couple flavors of V10 engine producing anywhere from 540 to 610 horsepower. By all appearances, it's going to be a beautiful machine — the first R8 certainly was.

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Wunderlist, one of our favorite to-do list apps, today announced plans to roll out integrations and other features later this year. Integrations will allow Wunderlist to connect with other apps and services, such as email apps, note taking services, and more via a new public API that other developers can tap into. Last year, Wunderlist was rebuilt from the ground up, with a lot of backend work done to improve syncing and other core functionality. CEO Christian Reber says the company's goal this year is to "make Wunderlist smarter," which the new integrations feature will play a big part of.

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Google Fiber is a hugely ambitious project and because of this it requires a lot of help from municipalities where it’s launching. GigaOM reports that Google is definitely taking a “my way or the highway” approach to getting what it wants from cities and it knows exactly what button to push: It tells cities that if they don’t want to do things Google’s way, they’ll get stuck with having Time Warner Cable as their sole broadband provider. RELATED: Google Fiber announces its biggest, most ambitious expansion yet “If you make it easy, we will come,” Google Fiber VP of Access Services Milo Medin recently told an audience in Washington DC. “If you make it hard, enjoy your Time Warner Cable.” Medin cited many cities’

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There's a new app in town that lets you use an iPad as a second monitor for a Mac. It connects over USB for smooth operation good enough for the enterprise.

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Google has removed a roadblock preventing its Adword customers from delivering interactive Flash ads to users on mobile.

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Go big or go home. Wait a minute: go big AND go home. With this monitor.>

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Today, Google is announcing a "pilot program" on the Google Play app store which will allow app makers to purchase a spot at the top of search results. The program will work very similarly to how ads work on a traditional Google search, but instead of highlighting websites, developers can highlight their apps. Google says that the pilot program will begin in a very limited way, accessible only to a pre-chosen "pilot group" that has already begun pushing their apps via ads in traditional web searches — but it's reasonable to assume it'll open up to more app makers in relatively short order. To go along with that news, Google is also touting a number: $7 billion.

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Credit card processing giant Square is now offering financial assistance to its merchants through a new division called Square capital. Will it drive growth among small businesses using Square?

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Jive is promising marketers new insights for personalized messaging and campaigns based on a visitor's demonstrated interests.

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Along with detailing how data is distributed across machines, the latest version of the MySQL Cluster database is billed as offering better performance and easier system upgrades.

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The new product improves on power consumption rates by over 50 percent and improves the quality of video and image capture on smartphones and tablets.

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