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2 LI firms' solar projects cited

Two solar energy projects on Long Island were recognized as "best and brightest" projects with awards for innovation, an industry group said yesterday. BP Power, a division of BP Alternative Energy, was named best photovoltaic project of the year for the Long Island Solar Farm, at the U.S. Department of Energy's Brookhaven National Laboratory in Upton. Eldor Contracting Corp., of Holtsville, was singled out for the best ground-mount project, for a 50-kilowatt project at the Blydenburgh Landfill in Hauppauge. Other projects in New York City, the Hudson Valley, the capital region and western New York were also recognized. The honors, known as the 6KC awards, were made by the New York Solar Energy Industries Association. The group, founded in 1994, is a statewide nonprofit membership and trade association dedicated solely to advancing solar energy use. -- Joseph Mallia

Coliseum auto show will be free

Admission to the small auto show held every October at Nassau Coliseum will be free this year, marked down from $10 last year, said the organizers, Motor Trend Auto Shows Llc of Harrisburg, Pa. This year marks the first time there will be no charge to enter, at least in the seven years Auto Shows Llc has operated the show, said a spokesman. Organizers gave no reason for the change; they declined to disclose admission figures. They said sponsors UPS, ShopRite and Motor Trend magazine are picking up the costs. More than 150 vehicles are scheduled to be on display Oct. 14-16, the organizers said. Show hours are from 5 to 10 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. On Saturday and Sunday between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m., General Motors will be offering test drives of 15 new Chevrolet, Buick and GMC vehicles in the Coliseum parking lot, available to licensed drivers at least 21 years old. -- Tom Incantalupo


Netflix stock plummets

Netflix Inc., the online and mail- order video service, fell 11 percent yesterday in Nasdaq trading to its lowest price since August 2010, after Inc. and Microsoft Corp. unveiled competing products. Netflix, based in Los Gatos, Calif., tumbled $13.95 to $113.19. The stock has fallen more than 60 percent from an all-time intraday high of $304.79 on July 13 amid a customer backlash over a price increase and plans to operate the mail-order business separately from streaming. The streaming business faces competition from Amazon, which just unveiled a tablet designed to work with its own video service. Microsoft plans to offer online pay-TV service from Comcast Corp. and Verizon Communications Inc. through its Xbox Live streaming service, sources said. -- Bloomberg News

Memo: Cellphone data stored

A document obtained by the American Civil Liberities Union shows for the first time how the four largest cellphone companies in the U.S. treat data about their subscribers' calls, text messages, Web surfing and approximate locations. The one-page document from the Justice Department's cybercrime division shows, for instance, that Verizon Wireless keeps, for a year, information about which cell towers subscriber phones connect to. That data can be used to figure out where the phone has been, down to the level of a neighborhood. According to the document, Sprint Nextel Corp.'s Virgin Mobile brand keeps the content of text messages for three months. Verizon keeps it for three to five days. None of the other carriers keep texts at all, but they keep records of who texted who for more than a year. The document says AT&T keeps for five to seven years a record of who text messages who -- and when, but not the content of the messages. The carriers don't have recordings of calls, but keep information about calls that are made and received for at least a year.-- AP

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