Stories for Feb. 26, 2009

Facebook today rolled out a change to its terms of service, after an earlier attempt went terribly wrong. What’s most interesting about the new terms is Facebook’s commitment to transparency and its willingness to put future changes that generate a lot of controversy up for a […] Read more »

Upcoming Events Launches iPhone App; beats Hulu to the mobile punch as the battle between the two premium content portals heats up. (Contentinople) Serves up 26.3 million Videos Since Jan. 22 Launch; 18 million of those came from the short-form content made available on the day […] Read more »

It’s the geekiest thing I’ve ever done: I just watched Sun Microsystems give a tour of its green data center designs in Second Life via a Ustream feed. Complete with Sun execs flying between data center designs, chuckling about their virtual outfits, and red (hot) and […] Read more »

Intel is using an indirect, green-tinged strategy to sell more chips these days, attempting to convince governments that are spending billions in stimulus funds to include provisions for using more computing tools in designing infrastructure projects. According to Intel’s chief sales and marketing officer, Sean Maloney, […] Read more »

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Wacker Chemie said today that it plans to build a $1 billion polysilicon production facility in Bradley County, Tenn., to supply the solar and semiconductor industries, taking advantage of what it said are cheap electricity rates, as well as other state and local incentives. This follows […] Read more »

Mind maps are useful for visualizing ideas and problem solving. Professionally, I have occasionally had to produce mind maps for clients and stakeholders while working as a desktop publisher and later as a production specialist at a consulting firm. I wouldn’t say that I find the task fun, […] Read more »

Kennedy Joins VC Ranks: Robert F. Kennedy Jr., who has been an adviser for VantagePoint Venture Partners since 2007, has joined the firm as a partner. He will focus on clean technologies in the water sector. — Bloomberg Betting on Carbon: President Barack Obama’s proposed budget […] Read more »

Your wait is officially over if you’ve been pining for a Dell Inspiron Mini 10 netbook. Dell’s order page is up and ready to accept your $399. As netbooks move away from the 8.9-inch displays and migrate to around 10-inch units, this gets Dell’s foot in […] Read more »

The executive shakeup at Yahoo continues. Blake Jorgensen, Yahoo’s chief financial officer, will leave the company, according to an SEC filing made this morning.  Yahoo said it has initiated a search for a new CFO and that Jorgensen will remain with the company through a transition […] Read more »

In this post, I’m going to get back to basics. The key to successful web work, and getting paid to do it, is knowing exactly what it is you want to do, and how you’re going to go about doing it. In other words, you have to plan, you have to budget, and you have to set goals for yourself. Read more »

After a short period of downtime in the early hours of the morning, MobileMe has emerged with a slight refresh to the interface, numerous speed improvements, and changes to the interface for the Mail, Calendar and Contact apps. The login page has also undergone a minor […] Read more »

The annual Apple shareholders meeting had a different tone than usual on Wednesday, lacking the presence of company CEO Steve Jobs. The Apple board hasn’t had a straightforward year, leading the company through a global financial crisis and aiming to stem the ongoing investor uncertainty surrounding […] Read more »

New media studio ManiaTV has laid off 15 of its 33 employees as the company preps itself for a sale, reports As we wrote last Thursday, ManiaTV had given itself two weeks to find a buyer in order to continue its current operations. It’s expected […] Read more »

Pond scum holds huge potential for capturing carbon dioxide and creating alternatives to petroleum-based fuels. But the nascent algae industry has to solve a three-part puzzle if it’s going to give oil a run for its money, according to Michael Weaver, co-founder and CEO of algae […] Read more »

Prepaid mobile phone provider MetroPCS today reported profits of $14.6 million for the fourth quarter on sales of $723.6 million. The carrier didn’t meet Wall Street earnings expectations after writing down more than $90 million in auction rate securities, but it has added a significant number […] Read more »

Google this week added a new Labs feature to Gmail, Title Tweaks, that easily lets you see whether you have unread messages in your Gmail inbox. If you’re like me, you’ll nearly always have Gmail open in a tab on your browser. Unfortunately, when you open […] Read more »

Not too long ago, executives from IBM, Wal-Mart and General Electric might have seemed a motley crew of experts for a Congressional hearing about the electric grid and clean power. But yesterday the House Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming heard testimony from that […] Read more »

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