Stories for Mar. 3, 2009

Energy management startup Tendril thinks consumers will want to control their home energy consumption via their cell phone. The Boulder, Colorado-based company already has an iPhone application, but at the DEMO conference this afternoon Tendril CEO Adrian Tuck plans to show off a mobile application called […] Read more »

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eSolar, a startup that claims to leverage algorithms and software to bring down the cost of solar power thermal plants, has signed its second licensing and investment deal in as many weeks. These deals prove promising for the startup as the company has been pretty quiet […] Read more »

It’s true that Twilio just named successful Silicon Valley prognosticators Founders Fund and Mitchell Kapor as initial investors, but the real Twilio story lies in its infrastructure. Or rather, its lack of infrastructure. The San Francisco-based startup hosts all the computing functions of its web developer-friendly […] Read more »

Apple has announced a number of updates today, including a considerable refresh to their professional desktop line, the Mac Pro. Utilizing the Intel “Nehalem” Xeon processors and a next-generation system architecture, the new machines deliver up to twice the performance of the previous generation system. Philip […] Read more »

Update: OStatic talks to Flock CEO Shawn Hardin who says that the company “will continue to make architectural decisions that balance what’s best for our users and what’s best for Flock as a business.” Flock, the four-year-old Redwood City, Calif.-based browser maker, according to a report […] Read more »

Folks in the UK and other countries have had some playtime with the Samsung NC20, but here in the U.S., we’re just in the ordering stage. LAPTOP Magazine just received the Korean version of the NC20 and provides a quick, walk-around video tour of the device. […] Read more »

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Last year Andy Plesser of Beet.TV started hosting a series of intimate roundtable discussions with influential online video people. We’ve sadly never been able to attend one until today, so I’m honored to help moderate the latest lineup, coming together at Adobe’s San Francisco office from […] Read more »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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