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Google Maps Adds Bike Directions (Finally): Google added biking directions and information about bike trails, lanes and recommended roads today to Google Maps for the U.S. — Google Blog Smith Electric Vehicles Offers $55M for UK Partner: Kansas City-based Smith Electric Vehicles has offered to buy […]

Google Maps Adds Bike Directions (Finally): Google added biking directions and information about bike trails, lanes and recommended roads today to Google Maps for the U.S. — Google Blog

Smith Electric Vehicles Offers $55M for UK Partner: Kansas City-based Smith Electric Vehicles has offered to buy its British partner, the Tanfield Group’s Smith Electric Vehicles UK, for 37 million pounds ($55.2 million) in cash and a portion of any future public offering. — Kansas City Business Journal

Solazyme Expands Deal with Unilever: Algae fuel and products startup Solazyme “has signed a research and development agreement with Unilever to develop oil derived from algae for use in soaps and other personal care products. Solazyme says the deal “follows the culmination of a yearlong collaboration between Solazyme and Unilever, in which Solazyme’s renewable algal oils were tested successfully in Unilever product formulations.” — release.

Valeo to Go Big for Hybrid and Electric Powertrains: “Valeo SA, France’s second-largest car-parts maker, said today that two-thirds of the research budget will be spent on hybrid and electric powertrains, as well as on cutting carbon-dioxide emissions from conventional engines.” — Edmunds Green Car Advisor

Climate Change Skepticism in China’s Diplomatic Ranks: “In yet another unnerving sign that China may not be on the same page as other major countries combating climate change, its top climate negotiator said there was still uncertainty about the causes of global warming.” — The Atlantic

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