Stories for Feb. 25, 2009

Many of us are social beings who enjoy interacting with other people, and until you leave an office environment, you probably don’t realize how much contact you have with other human beings throughout the day. In an office, you run into people in the hallways, in the lunchroom, and at meetings. It can be easier to have social conversations or even to bounce ideas off of someone when you run into them unexpectedly. When you work remotely, whether you are a telecommuter or a freelancer, it is possible to go the entire day without ever seeing or speaking to anyone; however, there are also plenty of ways to replace those interactions with new ones. Read more »

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Nortel, the bankrupt telecommunications gear maker, said today it will lay off an additional 3,200 workers worldwide over the coming months — bringing its total workforce down to 25,000. The Canadian company, which filed for bankruptcy in January, said last November that it would cut 1,300 […] Read more »

The smart grid partnership between search engine giant Google and conglomerate GE could deliver a lot more than public policy changes and compelling discussion forums. Steve Fludder, VP of GE’s Ecomagination division, told us yesterday in an interview that the partnership could also result in a […] Read more »

Gartner said today it expects chip sales to drop by 24 percent in 2009 — an unwelcome revision to its previous forecast of a 16 percent drop issued in December. Back in November, when the sky started falling, it had expected (hoped for?) a slim 1 […] Read more »

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It’s been a while since we’ve had a fitness post on WebWorkerDaily. The web worker lifestyle tends to be a sedentary one with many hours spent staring at the computer. Many web workers, and I put myself in this category, have a hard time getting away […] Read more »

Aster Data Systems, which makes software that allows companies to build massively scalable databases on commodity hardware, has raised an additional $5 million as part of its Series B round of funding from Institutional Venture Partners. Aster had originally closed $12 million back in January, but […] Read more »

Distributing $787 billion from the federal government is bound to get complicated. As the Department of Energy and other agencies in line for big sums hunker down to draft implementation plans and application procedures, we’ve rounded up the key dates to note and sites to watch […] Read more »

RockYou, one of the largest developers of applications for social networks, has tremendous reach — 130 million global users and 18 billion page views per month. Though some content creators might consider glitter text and slideshows beneath them, RockYou has one other thing they really want […] Read more »

Biofuel company LS9 plans to start building its second plant this year, CEO Bill Haywood said during a presentation at the Cleantech Forum in San Francisco on Tuesday. The company, which is using a genetically modified version of e.coli bacteria to make diesel from biomass, didn’t […] Read more »

Stories for Feb. 24, 2009

The economic stimulus package opens up a world of opportunities to clean technology startups. With billions of dollars in grants, direct loans, loan guarantees and a host of incentives for smart grid and efficiency technology, renewable energy, and electric-car battery research, development and manufacturing, it might […] Read more »

Earlier today, Motorola announced it was selling Good Technology, the wireless email software division it bought for $400 million only 2 years ago, to Visto technologies, the leader in enterprise push email. This move signals the end of Motorola’s attempt to build a business-specific phone to […] Read more »

Nearly five years and four months ago, I bought my first eBook. It was October 30th, 2003 to be exact. I purchased a Terry Brooks novel in his “Shannara” series for my Toshiba e805 PocketPC and I was hooked on digital books. Back then the electronic […] Read more »

Casual gaming powerhouse PopCap Games has acquired Gastronaut Studios, adding an Xbox- and Xbox 360-savvy team of developers to its in-house… Read more »

I have tried just about every blogging platform out there and the one I finally stuck with was Tumblr. I like many of the more advanced functions in WordPress, but Tumblr is where it’s at for me. I’ve notice over the past couple of months I […] Read more »

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