Stories for Mar. 10, 2009

As someone who likes books, especially the old fashioned kind (you know, the ones printed on paper), I was predisposed to disliking (and dismissing) Kindle, the e-reader developed by Amazon. So when Amazon sent me a review unit of the new Kindle 2.0, they were taking […] Read more »

Last week, Darrell Etherington wrote about how hard it is to measure the value of Twitter. One way to measure the impact that you’re having on the Twitter-sphere would be to see how many people link to your service, product or blog. Unfortunately, due to Twitter’s […] Read more »

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Some six months ago, the venture capital community saw 2009’s cleantech investments as having about as many storm clouds as Sand Hill Road in July — which is to say, very few. With the economic downturn, though, the outlook has changed, as a growing portion of […] Read more »

Want to watch video that’s hot right this very second? Check out OneRiot, which today launched a version of its social search engine for video URLs. The company depends on real-time signals, such as how long people stay on a page and at what pace views […] Read more »

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Wow, we’re not even deploying 4G wireless broadband networks yet and ICT Results, an organization that aims to publicize European research, is already pushing the next wireless leap with research promoting millimeter wave technology, also known as microwave photonics. It’s not as foreign as it sounds. Readers […] Read more »

As the doors of the metal fabrication company Integrity Manufacturing closed last week, so did the funding prospects behind a manufacturing plant that would make Zap electric vehicles in Kentucky and supposedly deliver 4,000 green jobs. But like a green zombie that just won’t die, Zap […] Read more »

Zumobi Introduces American Idol App for iPhone; app gives users bios, pictures, news and 78 original videos from the remaining contestants. (Seattle Times) Harper’ Launches; web site is the home of EQAL’s new “social show” in support of the CBS TV program Harper’s Island. (Harper’s Globe) […] Read more »

In previous posts, I’ve talked about attending local events and meetups or scheduling new ones if you can’t find any that meet your needs. In this post, I wanted to talk about something bigger than the typical meetup: community-organized events. BarCamps, unconferences, and similar events have […] Read more »

Microsoft has already experienced the power the netbook has to open up operating system options for PC consumers, since it saw Linux distributions being included as the default operating system on consumer-oriented machines for the first time with the advent of the small, affordable, feature-light machines. […] Read more »

I haven’t been paying close attention to Mozilla’s mobile efforts lately, so I’ve missed out on some developments since I last looked into them. Work on Fennec, the mobile version of Firefox, has continued in alpha as expected. Environment synchronization is underway with Weave as well: […] Read more »

The appropriate soundtrack for the latest music kerfuffle for YouTube would be “The Sound of Silence,” that is, if they let you hear it. Because of stalled negotiations with the UK’s Performing Rights Society (PRS), YouTube has blocked thousands of music videos in that country. YouTube […] Read more »

MetroPCS said today it will launch the BlackBerry Curve 8330 (not Om’s latest handset crush) in several markets, including Atlanta, Dallas, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Sacramento, with advance pay plans that range from $30 to $60 a month.  The BlackBerry is the carrier’s first smart […] Read more »

South by Southwest 2009, one of the largest and most widely-covered technology and Internet conferences of the year (and that’s to say nothing of the music and film portions!), is fast approaching. While many industry insiders will attend in person, SXSW will also be widely covered across a wide swath of mainstream media news web sites, blogs, YouTube, Qik, Twitter, Facebook, FriendFeed, Tumblr, posterous and just about every other social media publishing platform that you can think of!

Here’s a guide to the SXSW 2009 Interactive panels that web workers worldwide should look out for. Read more »

A provocative story from Reuters Monday ruminated on which companies are likely to replace Citigroup and General Motors in the Dow Jones Industrial Average. Its conclusion: Google and Cisco are the most likely contenders, with Apple and Visa as less likely candidates. It’s a safe bet that those two troubled companies — trading below $2 a share — will get the boot, but does Google belong in the Dow? I think it does for a few reasons. Read more »

Conviva has scored a non-exclusive multiyear deal to provide video distribution services to NBC Universal. The companies wouldn’t say which NBC properties would be involved or when, but an emailed press release had Darren Feher, NBCU executive VP and CTO, using the network’s web streaming of […] Read more »

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