The Daily Roundup for 01.31.2013

You might say the day is never really done in consumer technology news. Your workday, however, hopefully draws to a close at some point. This is the Daily Roundup on Engadget, a quick peek back at the top headlines for the past 24 hours — all handpicked by the editors here at the site. Click ...

7 projects looking to use big data to cut the cost of solar power

The Department of Energy is putting a collective $9 million into 7 projects being developed at universities and government labs that will us big data to lower the cost of solar in various ways. The projects, at places like Yale, and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, will be focused on using analytics to lower the ...

Facebook experiments with small-scale software-defined networking

Martin Casado, co-founder and chief technology officer of Nicira, which VMware bought last year for $1.26 billion, has gotten tired of people discussing and agreeing on the importance of virtualizing networks. He wants to get out there and start solving networking problems with network virtualization. He said as much on Wednesday at a Churchill Club ...

Sony asks us to 'see the future' of PlayStation on February 20th

What’s this? A Sony invite to “see the future” of PlayStation on February 20th in New York City? From the looks of the very tease-y clip Sony’s released (found just beyond the break), it looks to be PlayStation related. Perhaps involving a certain codenamed “Orbis” project? The company’s official PlayStation Twitter account says “See the ...

OpenKit aiming to fill OpenFeint-sized hole, launches in private beta tomorrow

OpenFeint seed investor Peter Relan is fed up with his former creation’s lack of existence — the open source software once powered the social integration behind many mobile games. After Japanese social gaming giant GREE bought OpenFeint in April 2011 — primarily to stifle competition with its own, similar service — the service continued until ...

Java, Silverlight left in cold as Firefox disables all plugins by default — except Flash

In an effort to prevent “drive-by exploitations,” upcoming versions of Firefox will have Java, Adobe Reader and Silverlight disabled by default, according to a recent Mozilla Security blog. All other third-party plugins except Flash will also be disabled, requiring users to enable them using the so-called click to play feature introduced last year. All that ...

Microsoft releases Bing-powered apps for Office 365 Home Premium

Because no corporate monolith can resist a good play at synergy, Microsoft’s leveraging its properties to intro a suite of free Bing-powered apps for Office. If you’ve signed up for the company’s recently released, cloud-based Office 365 Home Premium, you’ll now be privy to five distinct Excel and Word applications that rely on the search ...

Uber and Lyft get California’s blessing for their car services

Uber and Lyft have come to agreements with the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) this week, establishing ride-sharing companies in the state in another development on the bumpy road toward government acceptance. In October, the CPUC issued a cease-and-desist orders against rideshare companies like Lyft and Sidecar, which it said did not have the right permits to carry customers, ...

Pocket for iOS gets native sharing to Facebook, simpler option to delete articles

Good news are in for those who are avid users of Read it Later Pocket on iOS, as the handy application’s been updated with some social tools and a few UI improvements. For starters, version 4.3 now allows readers to share content directly to Facebook (Sina Weibo, too) without ever having to leave the app, ...

Electric car startup Coda quietly dealing with lawsuits over unpaid bills

Court records show that startup Coda Automative, already wrestling with layoffs and very slow sales of its first electric car, has been fending off a number of lawsuits for not paying its bills on time. Vendors, including car engineering and development company RLE International (as well as an affiliate contract work company RTECH), vehicle development services company ...