Remains of the Day: Rainbow connection

Apple is greener than Kermit the Frog, Robbie Bach is cuddlier than Mr. Snuffleupagus, but John Boehner just reminds me of Bert. The remainders for Thursday, May 17, 2012 have always seen themselves as more Statler and Waldorf.

Data Centers and Renewable Energy (Apple)

Apple updated its environmental page to detail how it will power its Maiden, North Carolina data center solely with renewable energy sources. A whopping 60 percent of the power will be generated on-site, using a combination of the nation’s largest private solar array and largest non-utility fuel cell installation. Many of the company’s other facilities also use all-renewable power, or—like the forthcoming Prineville, Oregon data center—soon will. Translation: Eat it, Greenpeace.

“Nanny Computing” and the future of OS X (TUAW)

According to an article on TUAW, Apple may be nixing apps that use or create systemwide hotkeys from the Mac App Store. Come on Apple, banning hotkeys? That’s just not cool.

Apple wins dispute over iPhone5.com domain name (The Next Web)

I’m sure you’re all heaving a sigh of relief that Apple has now wrested control of iPhone5.com. I guess we’ll have to wait and see if they try to bring the hammer down on me for www.timcookisthebomb.com.

Robbie Bach’s four startup lessons from Xbox and Zune (GeekWire)

Former Microsoft Entertainment & Devices head Robbie Bach has some lessons to impart. About the Zune. “If I had hindsight, 20-20, and could do Zune over again, we would skip portable media players completely,” said Bach, speaking at an event this week. Instead, he said, they just would have made an iPhone. Bam! Easy peasy.

Tim Cook visits Capitol to speak with House Speaker Boehner (CNet)

Tim Cook met with House Speaker John Boehner this week. Though it’s unknown exactly what the two discussed, word on the street says that Boehner is having a really tough time beating that last level of Angry Birds Space.

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