Jan 24, 2017

Tesla launches biggest energy project yet

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Electrek reports that Tesla has brought online the largest energy storage project in the world at a power substation in Southern California. The company installed 400 of its Powerpack 2 batteries β€” enough to power 2,500 homes for a day β€” to help to manage power consumption during peak hours in order to reduce dependence on natural gas plants.

Why it matters: On its own, Tesla's project is more of a proof of concept than a game changer. But the company only announced it back in September, proving that it develop and install the necessary technology quickly and efficiently in a power-hungry state.

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Big video game conference delayed amid coronavirus concerns

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Next month's Game Developers Conference in San Francisco became the latest tech event to be cancelled or postponed amid growing concerns over the spread of the novel coronavirus.

The big picture: A growing number of events are being scrapped, including Mobile World Congress and Facebook's F8 developer conference. Some, like the giant SXSW event in Austin, insist they are moving forward.

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Trump again nominates Rep. John Ratcliffe for intelligence chief

Ratcliffe at CPAC on Feb. 27. Photo: Michael Brochstein/Echoes Wire/Barcroft Media via Getty Images

President Trump again nominated Rep. John Ratcliffe (R-Texas) as Director of National Intelligence (DNI), in a tweet on Friday.

Catch up quick: If confirmed, Ratcliffe would eventually replace Richard Grenell, a staunch defender of Trump and former U.S. ambassador to Germany who was installed as the acting DNI only a few weeks ago. Grenell would have had to leave the post on March 11 unless Trump formally nominated someone else to oversee the U.S. intelligence community, the New York Times reports.

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