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Posted at 02:37 PM ET, 04/19/2013

The Circuit: Google makes push for renewable energy

Google renewable energy: On Friday, Google made a public call for utility companies to make it easier for other businesses to request a renewable power option.

In a white paper, Google offered a model for how that might work. The company recommends offering a “renewable energy tariff” that would give companies the option of choosing renewable energy, but would pass on the costs of setting up a renewable energy source to the requesting company.

This method, Google said, would feed a goal to “avoid impact on other ratepayers.”

The company announced that it will be using the method at its Lenoir, N.C., data center.

CISPA: The House easily passed the CISPA cybersecurity bill Thursday, which will now move on to the Senate. The bill, officially known as the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act, is designed to make it easier for private companies and the government to share information about cyberthreats.

It has been criticized by privacy advocates who worry its provisions are too broad and could allow the government to bypass the privacy policies of online companies.

Earlier this week, the White House said that President Obama would veto CISPA in its current form if further privacy protections were not included in the bill.

Hacker sentenced for Sony attacks: A hacker associated with the LulzSec organization and Anonymous was sentenced by a federal judge to a year in prison, Reuters reported.

The man, Cory Kretsinger, said that he was involved in the cyber attacks made against Sony Pictures Entertainment. He was sentenced in Los Angeles on Thursday on charges of conspiracy and the “unauthorized impairment of a protected computer,” the report said.

YouTube wins Viacom suit: A court ruled that YouTube is in compliance with the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, rejecting claims from Viacom that the site was looking the other way as users posted copyrighted material to Web video site owned by Google.

Last year, the Second Court of Appeals had asked U.S. District Judge Louis Stanton to review his decision for YouTube in the case, returning the issue to the lower court.

Google and YouTube said in a blog post that the ruling was a win for “billions of people worldwide who depend on the web to freely exchange ideas and information.”

In a statement Thursday, Viacom said, “This ruling ignores the opinions of the higher courts and completely disregards the rights of creative artists.” The company said it would appeal the decision.

Crowdsourcing pitfalls in Boston case: Internet users on Reddit and other Web sites have found that their amateur, crowdsourced investigation of the bombings at the Boston Marathon has it pitfalls, The Washington Post reported.

Some of the males identified by the site’s users who had pored over images and videos taken at the race were contacted on Facebook and called by media outlets before the FBI released information on the official suspects in the deadly bombings.

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