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Sep 12, 2012

Libya attack victim was a key player in online game

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Online gamers around the world took to the web on Wednesday to mourn the death of Sean Smith, an avid gamer who was one of four Americans killed in a U.S. consulate attack in Libya.

Known by the online moniker “Vile Rat,” Smith was a major participant in the multi-player role-playing game Eve Online, which has a single online universe where hundreds of thousands of players interact together.

Sep 12, 2012

Solar startup Nanosolar’s CEO departs after eight months

LOS ANGELES, Sept 12 (Reuters) – The chief executive of thin
film solar startup Nanosolar Inc has left after less than eight
months on the job, the company said on Tuesday.

Eugenia Corrales, who was named CEO in January, left “to
pursue other ventures,” Nanosolar said. Corrales had previously
served as the company’s executive vice president of engineering
and operations.

Sep 7, 2012

Obama draws biggest convention TV audience, Twitter record

LOS ANGELES, Sept 7 (Reuters) – President Barack Obama’s
acceptance speech on Thursday night drew the largest television
audience of this year’s political conventions and ranked as the
biggest political moment ever on social media site Twitter.

More than 35.7 million people tuned in on three broadcast
and 10 cable networks to watch Obama accept the Democrats’
nomination for president, according to Nielsen ratings data.

Sep 7, 2012

Obama’s speech stirs record response on Twitter

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – President Barack Obama’s speech at the Democratic National Convention on Thursday night ranked as the biggest political moment ever on the social media site Twitter.

The number of tweets about the Democratic convention blew away similar figures from the Republican National Convention a week earlier.

Feb 7, 2012

Fisker halts U.S. plant to renegotiate government loan

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Electric car startup Fisker Automotive Inc said on Monday it has suspended work at its U.S. manufacturing plant and laid off 26 workers there while it renegotiates the terms of its $529 million loan from the U.S. Department of Energy.

The company has also let go about 40 workers, mostly engineering contractors, at its Anaheim, California headquarters, a spokesman said.

Feb 7, 2012

Fisker halts US plant to renegotiate govt loan

LOS ANGELES, Feb 6 (Reuters) – Electric car startup
Fisker Automotive Inc said on Monday it has suspended work at
its U.S. manufacturing plant and laid off 26 workers
there while it renegotiates the terms of its $529
million loan from the U.S. Department of Energy.

The company has also let go about 40 workers, mostly
engineering contractors, at its Anaheim, California
headquarters, a spokesman said.

Feb 2, 2012

SolarCity IPO expected in third quarter-source

LOS ANGELES, Feb 2 (Reuters) – Solar power company
SolarCity is expected to debut on U.S. markets in the third
quarter this year and has hired Goldman Sachs (GS.N: Quote, Profile, Research) to
underwrite its initial public offering, a source close to the
company said on Thursday.

The San Mateo, California-based startup will file its IPO
plans with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission “within a
few weeks,” the source said. The deal is expected to value the
company at around $1.5 billion.

Jan 31, 2012

Exclusive: Canadian Solar seeing spike in European demand

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Canadian Solar Inc is scrambling to ramp up production of solar panels to meet an unexpected surge in demand from Europe, Chief Executive Shawn Qu said on Tuesday.

German customers, in particular, have increased orders in anticipation of a reduction in the government’s subsidy for solar energy in the coming months, Qu told Reuters in an interview.

Jan 31, 2012

Canadian Solar seeing spike in European demand

LOS ANGELES, Jan 31 (Reuters) – Canadian Solar Inc
(CSIQ.O: Quote, Profile, Research) is scrambling to ramp up production of solar panels to
meet an unexpected surge in demand from Europe, Chief Executive
Shawn Qu said on Tuesday.

German customers, in particular, have increased orders in
anticipation of a reduction in the government’s subsidy for
solar energy in the coming months, Qu told Reuters in an
interview.

Jan 27, 2012

California sets landmark rules to cut auto emissions

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – California approved aggressive new rules on Friday to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by requiring automakers to put many more electric and hybrid vehicles on the Golden State’s roads by 2025.

The regulations were approved unanimously by nine members of the state’s powerful air-quality regulator, the California Air Resources Board, at a meeting in Los Angeles.