Stories for Jan. 13, 2009

We’ve recently covered opportunities for web workers who need work, including our interview with Gary Swart, CEO of online staffing marketplace oDesk, and resources for web workers who have recently lost their employment. Whether you’re looking for places to work, or looking to launch an entrepeneurial […] Read more »

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Yahoo says that Autodesk’s former Executive Chairman Carol Bartz is taking over as the CEO, a major step forward for the beleaguered Sunnyvale, Calif.-based company. I agree with the choice, but she has her work cut out for her. Here are seven reasons why Bartz is the one to fix Yahoo and clean up its mess. Read more »

Norwegian electric car maker Think got a reprieve today, receiving a bridge loan of 40 million kroner ($5.6 million) from its investors, according to Reuters, potentially saving the company from bankruptcy. But Think will likely need even more cash to keep itself up and running. Think […] Read more »

The Huffington Post has acquired IAC’s stake in 236.com, the comedy blog and video site it had co-launched with IAC in November 2007, according to a memo issued today. 23/6, which wasn’t much of a brand on its own, will now become HuffPo’s comedy section. What […] Read more »

Confession: when I think Pulitzer, I think hard-hitting investigations and thoroughly researched journalism. I don’t necessarily think YouTube. That’s my mistake, though, because yesterday YouTube announced the winner of its Project: Report competition, a collaboration with the Pulitzer Center to find aspiring journalists who focus on […] Read more »

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[qi:090] Two consumer organizations have filed an amended complaint to the Federal Trade Commission seeking around mobile advertising. The Center for Digital Democracy and The U.S. Public Interest Research Group filed their joint complaint with the FTC today. The 52-page complaint amends a 2006 filing from […] Read more »

It’s official: Tesla Motors plans to supply battery packs and chargers for the 1,000 electric Smart cars Daimler AG has slated for release in the U.S. in 2010. Tesla founder and CEO Elon Musk announced the deal today at the Detroit Auto Show, confirming rumors that […] Read more »

A friend of mine recently told me that she wanted to try web working.  Her biggest problem, though, was getting clients.  They didn’t seem to think that she was a “real” person, and not a team of scammers planning to run away after they’ve sent the […] Read more »

Graphene Energy, an Austin-based developer of ultracapacitor technology, has raised $500,000 in seed investment from Quercus Trust and 21Ventures. The investment represents yet another move by David Gelbaum’s Quercus Trust, which was the third-most active venture fund investing in cleantech in all of 2008, according to […] Read more »

WiMAX, with its promise of super-speed wireless Internet access, is nearly here. Defined as “a standards-based technology enabling the delivery of last-mile wireless broadband access as an alternative to cable and DSL,” WiMAX is capable of data speeds around 100 megabits per second, and can send […] Read more »

Pickens Plan, Redux: T. Boone says “the wind stuff is deader than hell right now,” but promises to push on with his plan to reduce U.S. reliance on foreign oil. — Wall Street Journal Who KO’d the Electric Car?:The concept of all-electric cars has faced resistance, […] Read more »

The MobileMe trial began to seem like it was going to go on forever, since Apple kept tacking on more time to make up for having released a half-baked service to begin with. Sadly, not so. My own trial term recently came to an end, but […] Read more »

Written by Nate D’Amico. Cisco had its living room coming out this year at CES, while Yahoo, Intel Samsung and the gang are banded together to bring the Internet into the living room via their TV widgets platform. But Microsoft wasn’t sitting on the sidelines, and […] Read more »

Driving a Prius to the mall isn’t the only way to cut the environmental impact of shopping — malls are now getting their own cleantech makeovers. Petaluma, Calif.-based HydroPoint Data Systems announced today that its WeatherTRAK smart water management system has been installed at 30 shopping […] Read more »

Israeli Defense Force Using YouTube; the military is uploading videos to explain, in English and Arabic, their operations. (Variety) First Video Shot with G1 Phone…Sucks; garbled, “colored mess” is because the G1′s firmware has big problem with video codecs. (VentureBeat) Sanctuary Ends First Season on a […] Read more »

The first thing I want to say about this resource is that it is a little out of the ordinary. Incredibly useful, but different in that its obvious target is students. I’m not pitching it as a resource for students, although it does satisfy that job […] Read more »

Today, graphics chipmaker Nvidia said it expects its fourth-quarter sales to come in 40-50 percent lower than the $897.7 million it posted in the third quarter. That puts its revenue estimate between $448.9 million and $538.6 million — a huge drop from last year’s record-setting fourth-quarter […] Read more »

President-elect Obama will reportedly name Julius Genachowski as the new chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, replacing Kevin Martin. Genachowski will have to work hard to shift the focus away from incumbents telecommunication providers, and to come up with a broadband strategy befitting a country that has long been a technology leader and innovator. Instead of focusing on today’s access technologies of DSL and cable, the new FCC must focus on nurturing future opportunities. We’ve talked to some of our most trusted sources to come up with a detailed technology and broadband task list for the new administration to tackle. Read more »

If you’ve got young children, chances are they’re already quite adept at using the computer. This is a new generation of wired little ones, and we’ve got our work cut out for us as we attempt to stay ahead of them. I’ll wager that you’re more […] Read more »

The Supreme Court decided yesterday that it was not going to hear the case of Cablevision vs. the Hollywood networks and studios over remote storage DVRs. Instead, the high court asked the Justice Department to weigh in on whether Cablevision’s proposed centralized video recording service would […] Read more »

[qi:110] Aster Data Systems, a Redwood City, Calif-based startup that makes data warehousing software, has raised $12 million in new funding from JAFCO Ventures along with participation from existing investors Sequoia Capital, Cambrian Ventures and First Round Capital. The company had previously raised $10 million in […] Read more »

Colaab is a brand-spanking-new web app in the design and content review space. The app is not about project or task management. It’s for real-time or asynchronous collaborative work on files (documents, images, videos, and even websites). It’s ideal for remote collaboration if you work in […] Read more »

If your core business is making corn ethanol, you’ve got to evolve. Companies producing ethanol made from corn are canceling plant plans and struggling to stay afloat. Poet is one of the larger corn ethanol makers, and it has been trying its hand at producing next-generation […] Read more »

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