The Leftovers: OLPCs Dropped In Middle of Nowhere (on Purpose), Zombies in Wal-Mart and More

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We do our best to write up all the great green tech news that comes along during the day but sometimes there's just so much. Here are some of the stories we didn't quite get around to but think you'll want to read up on.

Zombies Sing and Dance in Walmart to Make the Company Deal with e-Waste
To get Wal-Mart to ramp up their electronics take-back program, flash mobs hit stores all over the place performing songs and silliness to get the attention of consumers and managers alike. Check out videos here.

The sods must be crazy: OLPC to drop tablets from helicopters to isolated villages
The One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) project decided to drop the touchscreen computers from helicopters near remote villages in developing countries, where they are leaving them for villagers to find, distribute and use on their own. Did OLPC jump the shark and turn a good idea into piles of e-waste, or could the plan possibly work?

Cloud computing can cut carbon emissions by half, report finds
The Guardian reports, "The study conducted by the Carbon Disclosure Project in London focussed on large IT companies in France and the UK and found that they could achieve large cost savings and carbon reductions by 2020 if they moved their IT systems to shared data networks."

Best Buy Opens Home Energy Learning Centers
We reported on their announcement awhile back, but looks like the program has finally launched.

New reports urges more detailed utility metering to improve building efficiency
From PhysOrg, "A new interagency report recommends systematic consideration of new metering technologies, called submetering, that can yield up-to-date, finely grained snapshots of energy and water usage in commercial and residential buildings to guide efficiency improvements and capture the advantages of a modernized electric power grid."

Some smart meters aren’t so smart about Daylight Saving Time
Earth2Tech notes that daylight savings can cause some big problems with power use during certain hours incorrectly recorded, which could mean billing inaccuracies for millions of customers.

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