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Series E funding validates company’s technology and market position; follows strong customer adoption, DOE funding and company growth

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Akademos, Inc., a leading provider of online bookstores and marketplaces to educational institutions, announced today that it has launched a digital reader that will allow its member institutions to access electronic content from traditional publishers and from open resources, such as the Connexions Consortium, World Public Library, the Guttenberg Project, and many others.

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IT might come as a surprise to most espresso drinkers, but some of the most obsessive figures in coffee take their cues not just from Italy, but from Japan.

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ClearEdge Power, a manufacturer of high-efficiency stationary fuel cells, today announced that Stone Edge Farm, an organic farm and winery located in California’s Sonoma Valley, is leveraging the ClearEdge5 system to advance its energy efficiency and sustainability goals. The ClearEdge5 system enables Stone Edge Farm to significantly reduce the energy costs required to run a successful estate and vineyard. In particular, it reduces the energy required to run the farm’s irrigation system and lights.

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On Tuesday, ClearEdge Power — a cleantech startup that makes 5-kilowatt stationary fuel cells— announced that it won a $2.8 million grant from the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) to gets its technology out to the market more quickly. Targeted customers for ClearEdge Power include the owners and operators of hotels, groceries, schools, medical centers and fast food restaurants, among other light industrial power users.

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Just in time for the opening of the big-screen adaptation, Mr. Popper’s Penguins, by Richard and Florence Atwater, is available in digital format from Open Road Integrated Media. First published in 1938, Mr. Popper’s Penguins, a Newbery Honor book, is a charming tale about a house painter who receives a penguin as a gift, turning his simple life into one of adventure and fame.

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Current Media, the award-winning television channel and online network founded in 2005 by Al Gore and Joel Hyatt, marks its 4th anniversary this week in the UK, with four new commissions and record ratings with an average audience that has tripled in size in the last twelve months.

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Shakti Battery is developing novel techniques for manufacturing nano-scale materials for the cathodes of lithium ion batteries. Kohlberg Ventures invested in May as part of a cost-share pursuant to a Department of Energy grant.

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How one San Francisco man turned his jones for java into a booming business.

Ten years ago, James Freeman was roasting his own coffee beans on a baking pan in his Oakland, Calif., kitchen. Today the former clarinet player and owner of Blue Bottle outposts in the Bay Area and Brooklyn (Williamsburg, naturally) is the leader of the artisanal Japanese-style, slow-drip brewing movement. Using organic, shade-grown beans that are sold within 48 hours of roasting, Freeman and his wife, Caitlin, a pastry chef, are converting customers one perfectly brewed cup of joe at a time.

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Deal helps brands and agencies reach influencers with paid and earned media at scale

SAN FRANCISCO, CALIF—APRIL 27, 2011—Halogen Media Group today announced that it has merged with New York-based YouCast, a social advertising and technology firm. YouCast will operate as a wholly-owned subsidiary of Halogen. Co-founders John Eaton and Jonathan Cohen will remain in their current roles […]

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