As the year draws to a close, I thought it might be interesting to go back and review some of the big news and my favorite WWD posts from 2009. It was a tough year for many of us. The parlous state of the economy made […] Read more »

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»  The rumored Apple (NSDQ: AAPL) tablet will cost under $1,000, according to a second hand account given to ex-Google (NSDQ: GOOG… Read more »

As we’ve reported, oDesk, a Menlo Park, Calif.-based online staffing startup, has pioneered new ways for tech workers distributed around the globe to find work. The company also collects lots of data on the tech skill sets that workers have around the world. Here’s a look. Read more »

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Another year is almost in the books, which means it’s time to look back at the stories that got the most eyeballs on NewTeeVee over the course of 2009. This year, Michael Jackson and Barack Obama were big draws, as one might expect. But two other […] Read more »

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Hulu wrapped up a banner year, registering a record number of unique users and a record number of video streams, according to data from comScore’s Video Metrix. With more than 924 million videos viewed in November, the online video site could easily end December with more […] Read more »

I recently reviewed Waveboard 2.0 for the iPhone, but I would be remiss in not mentioning that there is also a desktop version of the app: Waveboard Mac, available in both free and Pro ($13) flavors. Google Wave works pretty well in my browser, so I […] Read more »

Video encoding provider Envivio has raised $1 million worth of debt in a convertible note filed today with the SEC. The South San Francisco, Calif.-based company, which was one of the first allowed onto Apple’s new HTTP streaming platform, had last raised funding in 2008, when […] Read more »

Crunching the numbers on venture capital investments in green technology companies in 2009, Greentech Media Research (GTM) finds the sector both weathered this year’s financial storm, and thrived in terms of total deals. More startups shared the wealth in 2009, with 356 deals, up from 350 […] Read more »

Negotiations Continue As DirecTV-Rainbow/MSG Deadline Approaches; the multi-year distribution contracts for Rainbow Media’s national services AMC, We TV, IFC and Fuse conclude with DirecTV on Dec. 31, as do the deals for regional sports networks MSG and MSG Plus. (Multichannel News) Google Applies for YouTube Gaming […] Read more »

Web workers are dependent on, well, our web. So what do you do when yours is broken and you can’t convince the cable company of that? What do you do when everyone’s is broken and no one can convince the cable company of it, for days? […] Read more »

»  The Apple tablet/ereader rumor now has a name. Or two, to be exact. Various companies with links to Apple (NSDQ: AAPL) have re… Read more »

Jack Dorsey’s Square, Incase, Verifone and now Mophie — these companies have developed credit card readers and are turning the iPhone/iPod touch platform into a new kind of economic engine. All they have to do is get Apple to play ball and get consumers savvy about it all. Read more »

Updated: Alternative-energy companies not only compete with each other, they also compete in a sense with oil firms. While it’s easy to overstate the inverse relationship that oil prices have with the demand for and investment in green companies, it’s also helpful to keep an eye […] Read more »

Mozilla’s Raindrop messaging project holds a lot of promise. Like many early-stage, open-source Mozilla projects, the design of Raindrop isn’t being widely publicized, but there are now more interface clues as to why it could be important. Read more »

“What is Twitter, anyway?” I’ve been asked questions like that many times, as I’m sure most web workers have. “The Social Media Marketing Book” by tech writer Dan Zarrella, attempts to explain Twitter, blogs, Facebook, LinkedIn, Flickr, Second Life, Yelp, and even such sites as Rate […] Read more »

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Stickam was one of the early pioneers in allowing customers to charge for live streams of exclusive events, like concerts or investment seminars. But now it’s taking that technology and enabling all its users to add pay-per-view content directly through their channels. For nearly 18 months, […] Read more »

Atieva, an early-stage developer of battery packs for plug-in cars, secured just over $7 million in financing this week, according to an SEC filing. The startup’s backers now include Beijing’s China Environment Fund III and Venrock Associates, a venture capital firm that Atieva sales and marketing […] Read more »

With 2009 coming to an end, it is not surprising that everyone (including me) has predictions about what 2010 will bring. So instead, four of us — Liz, Stacey, Sebastian and I — have put together a wish list of seven things we hope come true in 2010. Read more »

Americans love the idea of the neatly packaged product, even when it comes to clean power — biofuels, wind and nuclear all come in modular “in-a-box” sizes. In that same vein, Helios Solar, a 2-year-old startup based in Denver, Colorado, has announced that its SunCube is […] Read more »

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