Stories for Feb. 19, 2009

Secretary Steven Chu has made hasty work of shaking up the Department of Energy. Today the agency announced a series of reforms designed to expedite the dispersal of loans and loan guarantees — changes that the DOE says will position it to start offering loan guarantees […] Read more »

In the continuing saga over who can call a netbook a netbook, our colleagues over at jkOnTheRun note that Dell has filed with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office for cancellation of Psion’s trademark for netbook. The JK guys first noted Psion sending out cease-and-desist orders […] Read more »

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Gateway has been quiet for a while but today announced the release of the new TC notebook line designed to appeal to the “thin and light” crowd.  The TC sports a 14-inch HD LED display running at 1366×768 and weighs 5.3 pounds.  It’s not the lightest […] Read more »

The wireless industry spends a lot of time looking internally — worried about the operators, the handset manufactures and the even the cont… Read more »

A good friend of mine, an actress auditioning like crazy here in Los Angeles, has already come across anywhere from 6-10 different casting calls this year for web series with exactly the same premise, that being: “Talented hotties struggle to get ahead in the entertainment industry.” […] Read more »

Earlier this morning, along with Matt Mullenweg, I decided to visit the Taj Mahal, India’s heritage site and truly a wonder of our world. I hadn’t been to see it in almost three decades; scenes from “Slumdog Millionaire” admittedly helped me take the four-hour car ride […] Read more »

Borrego Solar Systems has looked at its bottom line and decided to drop its residential solar power installation business and stick with commercial and government projects, which it said yesterday represented more than 75-percent of its new revenue last year. Don’t worry about that residential business, […] Read more »

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http://www.youtube.com/v/Yjj9BnsBXvI&color1=0xb1b1b1&color2=0xcfcfcf&hl=en&feature=player_embedded&fs=1 I thought the Google Mobile application was already supported on Windows Mobile, but I stand corrected. It is now supported, however. Google released the software yesterday, and you can download the .CAB file at http:/m.google.com/search on your WinMo handheld. The software will take up some […] Read more »

Online video network ManiaTV has put itself up for sale, and needs to find a buyer within the next two weeks to continue its current operations, as was first reported by Daisy Whitney at TVWeek on Wednesday. The Los Angeles-based company retained investment bank Updata Advisors […] Read more »

I love Bluetooth, but compared to a good WiFi connection, it’s lacking in speed and range. A new standard slated for April is about to dismiss the speed issue. No such luck on the range, but I’m still very impressed. Gizmodo shows a vid of the […] Read more »

Online studios Next New Networks and Revision3 are both launching music shows. But rather than confront the labels on their own turf and get into sticky rights issues, both startups are going the indie route. This will be NNN’s first foray into music, whereas Rev3 has […] Read more »

Italian Judge Gives Google Case the Green Light; suit against Google over a video of a disabled teen being bullied not thrown out; next step is a procedural hearing on March 17. (USA Today) See our previous coverage. So Far, So Good for Early DTV Switchers; […] Read more »

A wide range of different applications and protocols exist for communicating via voice and instant messaging, with some being far more popular than others. OS X comes bundled with iChat, a client offering a number of great features. While not perfect for everyone, it does a […] Read more »

Matt Mullenweg, who is in New Delhi with me to attend WordCamp India, made a funny and somewhat ironic observation about the cellular coverage here, especially on his iPhone: More bars in more places. Of course, that is the (somewhat misleading) tagline for AT&T’s wireless service. […] Read more »

CloudContacts, a startup aiming to make the information stranded on business cards more accessible, added a new service to its offering this week. While they may seem archaic, business cards are still the de facto way of sharing contact information. After attending a conference or event […] Read more »

INQ’s Facebook-oriented and web-centric budget phone that I love so much, INQ Social Mobile, has won some major kudos at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. It was voted best mobile phone/device, beating out its much bigger and more established competitors such as Nokia and Samsung. […] Read more »

Cellulosic ethanol maker Verenium might have an important partner in UK oil giant BP, but it still can’t help the company from the pitfalls of the difficult capital markets. This morning Verenium says that it is moving forward with a previously announced joint venture with BP, […] Read more »

http://www.youtube.com/v/VmjxmOtNZCk&color1=0xb1b1b1&color2=0xcfcfcf&feature=player_embedded&fs=1 I continue to get e-mails from readers that have already dismissed the Palm Pre for one main reason. What is it? Folks believe that you won’t be able to run applications without connectivity. Bzzzt, wrong answer… thank you for playing! Palm never said that WebOS […] Read more »

Nokia said today it has received a €500 million loan  ($630 million) from the European Investment Bank to help it further develop Symbian and keep it competitive with other mobile operating systems. The loan may change the math we’ve done on the likelihood of Symbian beating […] Read more »

Comcast said this morning it plans to roll out its super-fast DOCSIS 3.0 network to 65 percent of its footprint by the end of 2009, and upgrade subscribers in those markets to a minimum speed of 12 Mbps down and 2 Mbps up at no charge […] Read more »

This keg is tapped. Bud.TV, the high-profile online video site from Anheuser-Busch, has served its last video, and now only has a message that reads: “Bud.tv is no longer available. We’d like to thank millions of viewers from over 200 countries for visiting us over the […] Read more »

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