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Is it hot in here? You might want to consider checking out the Wi-Fi enabled Aros connected air conditioning unit from GE and Quirky that will learn your preferences over time and cool your room without your input. The product will be out in May, and is part of the two companies’ connected devices partnership. The AC unit will work with the Wink app that operates a connected egg carton, a clock and other gizmos. At $300 for 8,000 BTUs it’s a bit pricier than a dumb system, but that’s how the internet of things works today.

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Facebook has open sourced the code it uses to measure the energy and water consumption of its data centers, as well as the code for the dashboard that visualizes those readings in real time. Facebook first publicly shared the dashboard in April 2013 for its Prineville, Ore., and Forest City, N.C., data centers and it has been available online since. Facebook says cloud provider Rackspace helped get the code ready for open source and is considering implementing it for its data centers.

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Former U.S. Secretary of State and retired four-star general Colin Powell is now Salesforce.com’s 11th board member. Neither board membership nor technology is new to Powell who is a director at Bloom Energy and a strategic limited partner at VC firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers. Powell served as Secretary of State under President George W. Bush from 2001 to 2005 and served in the U.S. Army for 35 years.

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