Stories for Mar. 3, 2009

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
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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, 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 »

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 »

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