Stories for Feb. 26, 2009

Given the tone of his speech before Congress earlier this week and his support of clean energy infrastructure as a tool for economic recovery, it’s no surprise that the outline of President Obama’s 2010 budget proposal, released today, includes increased funding for the Department of Energy’s […] Read more »

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Nielsen released its January VideoCensus data today, reporting that total video streams over the course of the month crossed the 10 billion mark, and the overall number of unique viewers surpassed 135 million. Thank you, President Obama, for live-streaming your inauguration. As a point of comparison, […] Read more »

As more of us hop on our 3G-connected smartphones or netbooks, and future 4G connections offer the promise of wired-like speeds via wireless networks, Ars Technica has posted a great article on how regulators in Canada are weighing the issue of network neutrality over wireless networks. […] Read more »

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Honda Motor Co. has been toiling away at ethanol research since before hybrids moved in from the fringe of autoshows and well before deriving the stuff from corn ignited a heated debate over food vs. fuel. Today the company said it will build a large-scale plant […] Read more »

Talk about a non-starter. Back in April of last year HP decided to reinvent the online storage wheel by introducing their own backup service, named HP Upline. It came. It never quite got off the ground. And now, it’s officially joining the deadpool. Just in case […] Read more »

These days, we want to carry the contents of our homes with us wherever we go. Books, music, videos…they all represent the proverbial hearth. Of course, thanks to the availability of cheap wireless connections, we are getting rid of another fixture in our homes: the landline phone. Every quarter, there are roughly 3 million fewer landline phones. Now, a few changes of clothes and a computer, and suddenly home is not where the heart is, but where there’s a connection. Read more »

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 » 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 »

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 »

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