Morning Media Summary


Google Solar Project: Google Invests $168 Million In Mojave Power Plant:
“Google is investing $168 million in an alternative power project that aims to produce enough solar energy to light 140,000 homes.”

The End of Content Ownership:
“The cloud is, finally, about to change our lives—and it will all start with content.”

Global Warming / Environment / Energy:

Gov’t apologizes after raising nuclear crisis level to highest:
“Chief Cabinet Secretary Yukio Edano apologized on Tuesday to residents near the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant and the global community after Japan raised the severity rating of its nuclear crisis to the highest level of 7. Despite the changed assessment that puts it on a par with the 1986 Chernobyl catastrophe, Edano told reporters, ‘‘Unlike in the case of Chernobyl, we have not seen cases of direct damage to health because of the accident.’‘”

Insurance / Gambling:

Regulations begin easing Wednesday for Atlantic City casinos:

“Changes to gaming regulations taking effect Wednesday are the first in a succession expected during the next few weeks aimed at loosening rules so casinos can streamline operations.”

Health / Safety:

Scientists aim to improve photosynthesis to increase food and fuel production:
“Two new initiatives at the University of Cambridge aim to address the growing demand on the Earth’s resources for food and fuel by improving the process of photosynthesis.”

Democrat in Missouri to Oppose Health Care Law:
“Missouri’s Democratic attorney general broke with his party on Monday and urged a federal judge to invalidate the central provision of the new health care law.”

Chevy Recalls Cruze After A Steering Wheel Falls Off:
“Imagine turning your car’s steering wheel, or giving it a gentle tug, and having it break away from the steering column. Now you’re speeding along holding the suddenly useless wheel.”

Chicago school bans homemade lunches, the latest in national food fight:
“Students who attend Chicago’s Little Village Academy public school get nothing but nutritional tough love during their lunch period each day. The students can either eat the cafeteria food–or go hungry. Only students with allergies are allowed to bring a homemade lunch to school, the Chicago Tribune reports.”


Gas Prices Climbing Toward $5 Per Gallon:
“At one time, $5 per gallon gas seemed like a far-fetched idea, but that is no longer the case.”


Sandra Day O’Connor Faulted By Critics on Ethics:
“Retired Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor continues to hear cases in U.S. appeals courts, while also playing a role in public policy issues. Her critics say she should do one or the other, but not both.”


Court won’t put aside Facebook settlement:
“A U.S. federal appeals court has denied a request by the Winklevoss twins to release them from their settlement with Facebook over their allegations that Mark Zuckerberg improperly appropriated their idea for the social networking site.”

Transportation/ Land Use:

Brazil President courts Chinese bid for high-speed rail link:
“Beijing – Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff on Tuesday urged Chinese rail firms to bid for a planned high-speed link between Brazil’s two largest cities, state media said.”