Stories for Feb. 24, 2009

Australian carrier Telstra says it will open a mobile application store much like Apple’s App Store, joining the frenzy surrounding such mobile app marketplaces (Microsoft, Research in Motion and Nokia all have stores in the works as well). What’s noteworthy is that Telstra is a carrier, […] Read more »

You’ve probably all heard that California has aggressively cut energy consumption through energy efficiency programs. After all, the state has saved a good $56 billion in electricity costs over the last 30 years. And in the next decade the state is aiming to cut carbon emissions […] Read more »

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The news that Gmail went down this morning (UK time) got me thinking about how we increasingly rely on third parties for essential business services. With a proliferation of web apps offering to meet our every business need and the inexorable rise of cloud computing, are […] Read more »

Investors loved the numbers they saw in First Solar’s highly anticipated earnings report Tuesday afternoon. They they tuned in to the conference call and hated what they heard about the company’s outlook for this year. For the three months ended Dec. 27, 2008, First Solar reported […] Read more »

A site called ViddyHo is running a phishing scam on Google chat users. The scam propagates via an IM from a contact telling the recipient to “check out this video.” When recipients click through, they’re asked to share their Gmail credentials. Then the site IMs the […] Read more »

In the Windows world, system administrators are likely to be familiar with the Scheduled Tasks service. This allows you to schedule processes, scripts or applications to run regularly at a specific time. In the Linux (and UNIX in general) world the cron daemon has traditionally handled […] Read more »

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It’s one thing to rely on a network for your online presence; it’s another to take ownership of it yourself. And in the case of Top Gear, which has an international following and brand recognition beyond the BBC, they don’t just own their online presence — […] Read more »

Apple prides itself on creating products that are simple and easy to use. A prime example of this philosophy can be seen in Mail, the default email application included with Mac OS X. Mail is not an all-encompassing “collaboration” tool, and it is not “groupware;” it […] Read more »

As netbook makers continue to combat small profit margins, they’re looking for new revenue opportunities. One is surely in the slim category as MSI has already shown a few models in this area and ASUS is expected to offer some as well. Add Acer to the […] Read more »

U.S. to Set Single MPG Standard for Cars, Trucks? Carol Browner, assistant to the president for energy and climate, says she and others in the White House back the idea of a universal fuel-efficiency standard aimed at curbing greenhouse gas emissions. — Washington Post Growing the […] Read more »

When Google first released App Engine as a “Preview Release” last April, developers had relatively little computing power. Only a few apps got Google’s permission to grow beyond the free computing quotas, including BuddyPoke, Lingospot, Mentalfloss and Now, the company’s going to start charging for […] Read more »

Between Twitter, MySpace, YouTube, and personal sites, celebrities write their own tabloids these days. And that’s especially true for the women of MTV’s The Hills, who are famous solely for allowing their posh lives to be filmed. So after Hills star Audrina Patridge’s home was robbed […] Read more »

While there were plenty of hot handsets introduced at Mobile World Congress, the HTC Touch Pro2 has to be a “Best of Show” contender. HTC routinely pushes positive improvements into Windows Mobile devices and it shows in the Touch Pro2: a tilting 800×480 touch display, 3.2MP […] Read more »

Microsoft today is expected to announce a research and development program called Cloud Computing Futures that aims to look at how the data centers underlying cloud computing can operate as efficiently as possible. The idea behind this year-old effort that will emerge from stealth mode at […] Read more »

Peter Chernin’s Exit from News Corp. Could Hurt Hulu; old media exec was new media friendly and his departure could impact Hulu’s ability to retain and attract new content. (The Business Insider) Midwest Teen Sex Show Episodes Pulled from MySpace, YouTube and Facebook; the straight-talk sex […] Read more »

No matter what your personality type, one thing is true for all of us: Every now and then we have to get out and get some human interaction — for our mental health as well as that of our careers. Holing up at home is not the best way to further your professional goals, get new clients, or find partners. And especially in our current economic climate, having a substantial professional network can mean more security for the web worker. Read more »

Vodafone (NYSE: VOD) confirmed today that it will cull 500 job from its UK operations, a move that represent around 5 percent of its UK sta… Read more »

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