Stories for Mar. 11, 2009

I have been using the heck out of Pocket Informant on the BlackBerry Storm and checking regularly to see when the iPhone version might get released.  Good news comes from developer Alex Kac’s blog that the iPhone version of Pocket Informant has been released to Apple […] Read more »

Updated: The former oil baron T. Boone Pickens was so giddy about AT&T’s plan, announced this morning, to make one of the largest purchases of compressed natural gas vehicles in the U.S. to date, that he tweeted about it. AT&T said it will spend $565 million […] Read more »

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[qi:080] Facebook, which recently surpassed 175 million active users, has benefited from its growth in the overseas markets. There’s no denying that the company is growing at a breakneck speed across the planet. Yesterday, I met Ghassan Haddad, Facebook’s director of localization, and he shared some […] Read more »

Social TV is a growing trend we’re excited about here at NewTeeVee. Watching events like President Obama’s inauguration unfold while interacting with friends in real time adds new depth to our video experience. But cracking wise with compatriots online could also be a boon for the […] Read more »

The Senate passed a catch-all $410 billion spending bill Tuesday that’s packed with appropriations for 12 cabinet departments and lower federal agencies. Several hefty investments for clean energy, climate science and energy efficiency made their way into the act, with multimillion-dollar increases on the way for […] Read more »

Lately I’ve been on a bit of a streamlining kick. That is, I’ve been trying to find simple, elegant solutions to multiple problems in one convenient package. Easier said than done, unfortunately. The problem is getting everything you need in one place, in exactly the way […] Read more »

[qi:004] Google is good. Not necessarily as in “the opposite of evil,” but “smooth.” The company — facing some privacy backlash here and in Europe — said today that it would allow users to select the type of ads they see in web sites and provide […] Read more »

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One of the reasons I can’t completely cross over to using Safari 4 as my full-time browser, aside from its dangerous (considering my line of work) incompatibility with some WordPress features, is its lack of add-on support. Firefox’s rich user community and extensibility makes sure that […] Read more »

Offerpal Media, a startup that links virtual currency to real-world marketing deals, scored $15 million in venture funding last month. CEO Anu Shukla hinted to me then that we’d see partnership news soon, and as promised, Aeria Games is announcing today that it’s linking its universal […] Read more »

Stories for Mar. 10, 2009

Our mobile phones are getting smarter, even as our laptops are getting dumber. Instead of packing fast processors into a notebook, PC makers are stripping them down into netbooks and other devices they can sell for less. Meanwhile, our mobile phones are looking more like mini […] Read more »

Auditude, a startup that enables media companies to profit from user uploads of their content, has raised $10.5 million from Redpoint Ventures and Greylock Partners. The company, which we’ve paid close attention to, has altogether raised $23 million in institutional funding. Palo Alto, Calif.-based Auditude currently […] Read more »

Although it’s hard to find buyers for even small newspapers these days, News Corp (NYSE: NWS). is making an exception — picking up The Broo… Read more »

When Google’s Latitude location service launched, one of the main problems users experienced was that the service only located users’ Google contacts — it didn’t include access to the most popular social networks, through which many users connect with friends. Therefore, it was only natural that […] Read more »

Solar companies might be shedding jobs at an uncomfortable rate right now, but the U.S. solar industry is expected to provide a good 440,000 permanent jobs by the year 2016, according to researchers at Navigant Consulting. While those job figures are substantial, when it comes to […] Read more »

Going through the day-to-day realities of web crawling I find myself using the Favorites or Bookmarks feature of browsers less and less. Oddly enough, however, this statement is coming from the same guy with thousands of them backed up on multiple drives. Early this week, I […] Read more »

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