Google, Pinterest, Solar Panels, More: Sunday Buzz, April 27, 2014

PCWorld takes a look at a browser-based alternative to PowerPoint.

A new Google initiative will lease solar panels to US consumers. “Alongside solar cell manufacturer SunPower, the internet giant is starting a $250 million fund (including $100 million of its own cash) to buy up solar panels and then lease them back to American households.”

The Wall Street Journal compares five photo cloud storage options. (You don’t have to be a WSJ subscriber to read this article.)

On the way: alternatives to the Raspberry Pi.

Google has created a “time machine” for its Street View images. “…you can travel to the past to see how a place has changed over the years by exploring Street View imagery in Google Maps for desktop. We’ve gathered historical imagery from past Street View collections dating back to 2007 to create this digital time capsule of the world.”

More Google: it’s going to make money on the Nest acquisition by … selling information on electricity use? “Nest has deals with a dozen or so major energy providers in the US already. These energy providers (in some cases) are paying a fee to Nest for each subscriber annually, somewhere in the range of $40 / customer / year. As the number of Nest thermostats in homes increases, the subscriber side of the Nest business is only going to grow.”

Archives has added 12 million new vital records.

Pinterest: Now with over 30 billion pins. Geez!

From Hongkiat: 15 Browser Collections to Suit Your Online Browsing Needs.

Tech giants are teaming up to prevent another Heartbleed. “The [Linux Foundation] … is announcing a three-year initiative with at least $3.9 million to help under-funded open source projects—with OpenSSL coming first. Amazon Web Services, Cisco, Dell, Facebook, Fujitsu, Google, IBM, Intel, Microsoft, NetApp, Qualcomm, Rackspace, and VMware have all pledged to commit at least $100,000 a year for at least three years to the ‘Core Infrastructure Initiative’…”

Happy 214th birthday to the Library of Congress! Good morning, Internet…

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