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  How Big Tech Is Sharing for Social Good
Working at a business incubator in San Francisco, I see incredible social innovations springing up from nonprofits, start-ups, and small businesses everyday. But the truth is, the big guys down the road in Silicon Valley are setting a fierce pace by sharing their core technology, for social good.
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New GE Refrigerator Filters Trace Pharmaceuticals From Water
GE has begun marketing new refrigerators with a filtration system independently verified to remove 98% of five trace pharmaceuticals from water and ice. In 2010, 10% of all community water systems — serving more than 23 million people — sold water to consumers that violated at least one health-based EPA standard.

6 Million OnStar Vehicles Enabled for Peer-to-Peer Car-Sharing
Owners of General Motors vehicles with an OnStar subscription can now rent out their idle vehicles through the RelayRides peer-to-peer carsharing service. RelayRides is the first third-party developer to integrate with the OnStar system; it developed an app that allows renters to locate and unlock reserved OnStar-enabled cars with their mobile devices.
Sainsbury's To Install Geothermal at 100 Stores
U.K. grocery chain Sainsbury's announced plans to install energy efficient geothermal heating and cooling systems at up to 100 new-build and existing stores, expected to deliver up to 100 MW of renewable energy to the supermarkets by the end of 2016.

Walmart, Coke, UPS Help Launch 'Future of Fuels' Group
Tesco, the UK's largest retailer, announced it will use software made by iVeridis to identify technologies that can further improve the energy efficiency of its stores. iVeridis' Greensourcing Software Solution is a platform that allows businesses to input their exact green-tech requirements and be matched to the best solutions available.

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