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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 »

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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 »

Atlanta startup Clearleap let it be known today that its TV content management services are ready for the market. In fact, they’re already being tested in certain markets, the company just won’t say which and with whom. Clearleap’s products help content owners and satellite, cable and […] Read more »

PC Magazine’s Smart Device Central offers thoughts on the best, “cheap” smartphones available today. This is a timely read to me for two reasons: it’s the most oft-asked question I’m seeing these days and because I came within an inch of bagging a NAM Nokia E71 […] Read more »

After a very restrained foray initial into video last year, photo-sharing site Flickr announced today an expansion of its video program, opening it to all members and adding an HD option. Previously, only Flickr pro account users (who pay $24.95 per year) could upload video, but […] Read more »

Behold the Salt: Startup SolarReserve uses the sun’s heat to boil water, spin a turbine and heat a salt, which melts into a liquid that can maintain vast amounts of heat. — NYT’s Green Inc. Mitsubishi Pairs With Peugeot: Mitsubishi Motors Corp said today it will […] Read more »

ManiaTV closed operations today, NewTeeVee has confirmed. The final shutdown was expected, as ManiaTV had publicly rushed to find a buyer in recent weeks. The urgency came due to an investor pulling out, according to our sources. At least 15 employees were laid off last week, […] Read more »

Intel’s low-power Atom processor for mobile devices didn’t just get its name because it’s small, but because Intel wanted it to be the building block for the Internet of Things. In a conference call today, Intel announced four new variations on the Atom processor — including […] Read more »

Do you have the world’s next big idea? Here’s your chance to PITCH. Women 2.0’s third-annual Startup Competition will provide your alpha, beta, or prototype-stage startup with exposure to early stage investors. The judging panel includes investors and experienced startup executives who will provide valuable written […] Read more »

Seems nearly everybody believes the rumored Mac mini is fake. At least, that’s what I see in most of the comments to the published rumors. Predicting what Apple will do next is nearly impossible, and I usually don’t bother going there. But today, what the heck. […] Read more »

Definition of: Netbook (PC Magazine) A subnotebook computer that costs less than $400. The term was coined by Intel in 2008 for computers that use the Intel Atom microprocessor. However, it may refer to small PCs that use non-Intel CPUs such as those made by AMD […] Read more »

I’m often surprised by the number of people who use Microsoft Outlook as their primary email and information manager who don’t also take full advantage of its contact capabilities. While I wouldn’t say it compares with a full blown CRM system, it is certainly a capable […] Read more »

If you’re a blogger, you’ve probably run into MarsEdit at some point or another. Maybe it stuck, maybe it didn’t, but in my experience people who’ve blogged for some reason or another, and who own a Mac, have played with MarsEdit. Whether it appealed to you […] Read more »

Utilities and policymakers have started to warm up to feed-in tariffs for residential and commercial solar systems over the last few years — proposing programs to buy surplus power from customers’ photovoltaic systems as a way to encourage installations. Now there’s something to show for all […] Read more »

The northeast U.S. is sitting under a big winter storm, including our own Kevin Tofel who may be outside shoveling snow right now, and winter gloves are the accessory of the day.  Those who live in colder climes know all too well the frustration of picking […] Read more »

U.S. President Barack Obama has soured on YouTube, it seems, and with the latest posting of his weekly address chose to embed an Akamai player on his blog and link to an alternate version hosted on Vimeo. In the past YouTube had been his staff’s video […] Read more »

MSI may be the Wind people but they do big notebooks, too, and later today they will be announcing the first gaming notebook to feature the ATI Radeon HD4850 graphics package.  MSI claims the HD4850 will provide desktop gaming performance for this 17-inch notebook. The GT725 […] Read more »

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