Stories for Mar. 3, 2009

Just when you though Slumdog Millionaire had won every award, and topped every list — BAM! — it pulls out another victory. The Oscar-winner was the Most Pirated Movie on BitTorrent for the week ending March 1 according to TorrentFreak. Yeah! That is definitely going on […] Read more »

As the post-credit bubble world adjusts to deal with pre-bubble deals, Terra Firma has written off half the value of its Read more »

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We all have those crazy ideas that we really want to make happen, and they sound like a great idea for a brief period of time until we talk ourselves out of them. I will admit to having a few wild ideas on my web worker […] Read more »

Conventional wisdom says now is a great time to start a business, but the economic reality makes such a prospect a daunting one. Funding — be it in the form of credit-card debt, personal loans or venture capital — is scarce, and leaving any sort of […] Read more »

After much anticipation, Amazon VOD finally landed on the Roku player this morning, expanding the capabilities of the $99 set-top box beyond Netflix. Roku owners will have access to Amazon’s VOD library of more than 40,000 titles, including the ability to purchase or rent new release […] Read more »

It’s hard to trust, or even learn more about, carbon offset projects that make a certain event or product so-called carbon neutral. But a variety of startups are developing software and online tools to help make the process more transparent. One such company, eFormic, launched a […] Read more »

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Can a car run on solar? Yes —as long as you don’t need to fit a whole lot in your trunk. And as long as you don’t mind that it doesn’t actually have a trunk. The new solar car from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Solar […] Read more »

Stories for Mar. 2, 2009

This Innovation Heat Map crafted by McKinsey and the World Economic Forum maps innovation across the planet. Clearly Silicon Valley is in a class of its own and perhaps that is why others want to imitate its success. Paul Graham recently offered up a recipe to […] Read more »

Index Ventures, a London-based venture capital firm that has invested in companies such as Skype, MySQL and Last.fm, has raised a new $442 million fund. Index Ventures V will invest in early-stage companies across geographies including the United States and Israel. They will also invest in […] Read more »

For young startups stuck in neutral as a result of parched credit markets, Index Ventures may soon offer a jump start. The venture capital firm — one of Europe’s largest — today announced the close of a €350 million (about $440 million) fund for early stage […] Read more »

Adobe and Time Warner are announcing Tuesday they have formed an online video alliance. It’s unclear exactly what that means, but the two companies say they’ll work on finding solutions for issues like digital rights management, audience measurement and content discovery and monetization. However, it’s a […] Read more »

Hutchison has confirmed that it is in “advanced discussions” about a possible spin-off of its Hong Kong and Macau fixed line and mobile tele… Read more »

Economic malaise aside, consumers increasingly want to surf the Net on phones, according to Jon S. von Tetzchner, CEO of the Opera Software. “There is a mega-trend of increased Internet usage,” he told me over breakfast this morning, “and we are in the middle of it, regardless of the economic downturn.” Read more »

The credit crisis isn’t just shaking up the solar industry, it’s reshaping it — forcing major deals to shift from the weak to the strong. OptiSolar, a privately held startup that won a coveted 550 megawatt solar project to supply PG&E with solar power, is selling […] Read more »

Yesterday, when we moved my toddler to a “big-girl bed” — essentially a twin mattress on the floor of her room — I noted that I need to buy a faceplate to cover up the telephone jack, which is now at her eye level. And then […] Read more »

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