Stories for Feb. 24, 2009

Updated: Can technology users adapt to the relatively high failure rates of their favorite communications tools by skipping from service to service when one option fails? With Gmail down last night, Twitter traffic relating to the failure was all over the place. Update: Hitwise says Twitter’s […] Read more »

Or at least it feels that way every time it happens. Gmail, including Google Apps, went down for about four hours or so this morning (or this afternoon, depending on where you are). It says a lot for Gmail’s reach that when it does go offline, […] Read more »

We’re always looking for new sources of information about the major players in the mobile tech space and will be watching a new site just launched by the folks at Via.  How To Be Mobile promises to offer tips and advice on how to better use […] Read more »

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Solar companies have spent the past few weeks reporting their latest quarterly results, and the sector is looking battered. Many big names reported discouraging financials for the last three months of 2008, then followed up with even less cheery forecasts for 2009. But after the stock […] Read more »

Stories for Feb. 23, 2009

Is the Federal Reserve a good model for oversight of energy policy? John Hofmeister, founder and CEO of Citizens for Affordable Energy, certainly thinks so. He told an audience at the Berkeley Energy Symposium Monday afternoon that the current political system governing energy policy in the […] Read more »

High school students are Facebooking, MySpacing and Twittering on their own time, but many public high schools have yet to fully incorporate teenagers’ native tools –- digital media -– into their classrooms. To change that, teachers from the San Francisco Unified School District are slated to […] Read more »

A recently released application for the iPhone exploits an interesting new market — tracking conversations and following up calls. FollowUp aims to provide a location for noting down the action you need to take after receiving or making a call, along with a due date. Functionality […] Read more »

Broadcom said today that it would make sure content from Chumby, a nascent widget syndication effort for televisions, would run on its chips for digital televisions and set-top boxes. Shriraj Gaglani, a senior director of business development for Broadcom,  thinks Chumby will get consumers psyched about […] Read more »

Broadcom said today that it would make sure content from Chumby, a nascent widget syndication effort for televisions, would run on its chips. It’s one of a handful of integration deals Broadcom has inked with software vendors to port their content to its chips. As broadband […] Read more »

As the federal government finally makes significant moves to tackle climate change policy on a national level, it would be well advised to take a page from California’s book, according to Mary Nichols, chair of the California Resources Board. As Nichols noted to a roomful of […] Read more »

No More Mashed Potatoes: Top Gear America’s car fanatics are fed up with gas sippers that look like “lumps of cold mashed potatoes.” So they’re trying to build a 70 mpg car that does zero-to-60 in seven seconds. If that makes you think of Tesla and […] Read more »

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