Stories for Mar. 10, 2009

Upcoming Events

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 »

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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 »

OK, so coal isn’t actually going anywhere, but plans for coal plants in the US continue to get the ax. The reason: concerned power companies are facing difficult economic times — not to mention the likelihood of upcoming regulation that would put a price on carbon, […] Read more »

Stories for Mar. 9, 2009

Electric car makers and clean energy developers can’t take all the credit for a battery boom, but they have earned a nod from analysts for their potential to boost an industry already on the rise. According to new research from SBI Reports, the market for rechargeable […] Read more »

Enterprise adoption is the Holy Grail for cloud computing software vendors, and Appistry is prepping to play the role of Sir Galahad. The St. Louis-based company today released its new CloudIQ Manager product,which offers the ability to port nearly any enterprise application to the cloud, and […] Read more »

Alt-Fuel Freeway: The governors of California, Oregon and Washington are considering a plan to make Interstate 5 a “green freeway,” installing batter charging and swap stations, plus biodiesel, ethanol, hydrogen and compressed natural gas fuel pumps along the West Coast route from Canada to Mexico. — […] Read more »

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