Stories for Feb. 26, 2009

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 »

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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 »

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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 TheDeal.com. 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 »

The way that Intel Chief Sales and Marketing Officer Sean Maloney talked up energy efficiency at the Cleantech Forum in San Francisco this afternoon, one could easily have mistaken the world’s largest chip maker for a firm tinkering with the power grid. But there are connections […] Read more »

Stories for Feb. 25, 2009

Updated: Quietly, CD Networks and Panther Express, two also-ran content delivery networks, have merged their businesses. The terms of the deal were not announced, which can also be also be interpreted as a fire sale by one of the parties. Update: A source familiar with one […] Read more »

Nokia sells a lot of $50-$100 phones. In places like India, where I just returned from, Nokia’s ringtone is part of the urban soundscapes. It accounts for about 40 percent of total global handset sales. Much like McDonalds and Coca Cola, Nokia is everywhere. (Except in […] Read more »

Matt Horton, a principal at @Ventures, tells us he has taken on a new job as the head of biofuel infrastructure startup Propel Biofuels. Propel plans to formally announce its new chief executive on Thursday. Horton has been investing in biofuels since 2004, leading deals in […] Read more »

After a short break that involved a whirlwind trip to New Delhi to see my parents and keynote at WordCamp Delhi, I am back in San Francisco and will be back on the job later tomorrow, or whenever I can kick the jet lag. Regardless, it […] Read more »

Reuters is reporting that Finnish handset giant Nokia has admitted they are considering entering the laptop market.  In an interview in Finland, CEO Pekka Kallasvuo was asked if Nokia plans to make laptops and had this response: “We are looking very actively also at this opportunity…  […] Read more »

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