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CNET News Daily Podcast: Behind Google's electric grid gambit

The company fancies itself more--a lot more--than a search provider. And with Tuesday's move toward becoming a power metering firm, that ambition may soon be realized.


Google's ambitions now extend to power grid management. With its Tuesday announcement, the company has signaled its intention to become a energy player. The first step is a free Web service to help people better track energy use as it is consumed. CNET News' Martin LaMonica explains the bigger picture.
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