Stories for Feb. 19, 2009

I love Bluetooth, but compared to a good WiFi connection, it’s lacking in speed and range. A new standard slated for April is about to dismiss the speed issue. No such luck on the range, but I’m still very impressed. Gizmodo shows a vid of the […] Read more »

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Online studios Next New Networks and Revision3 are both launching music shows. But rather than confront the labels on their own turf and get into sticky rights issues, both startups are going the indie route. This will be NNN’s first foray into music, whereas Rev3 has […] Read more »

Italian Judge Gives Google Case the Green Light; suit against Google over a video of a disabled teen being bullied not thrown out; next step is a procedural hearing on March 17. (USA Today) See our previous coverage. So Far, So Good for Early DTV Switchers; […] Read more »

A wide range of different applications and protocols exist for communicating via voice and instant messaging, with some being far more popular than others. OS X comes bundled with iChat, a client offering a number of great features. While not perfect for everyone, it does a […] Read more »

Matt Mullenweg, who is in New Delhi with me to attend WordCamp India, made a funny and somewhat ironic observation about the cellular coverage here, especially on his iPhone: More bars in more places. Of course, that is the (somewhat misleading) tagline for AT&T’s wireless service. […] Read more »

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CloudContacts, a startup aiming to make the information stranded on business cards more accessible, added a new service to its offering this week. While they may seem archaic, business cards are still the de facto way of sharing contact information. After attending a conference or event […] Read more »

INQ’s Facebook-oriented and web-centric budget phone that I love so much, INQ Social Mobile, has won some major kudos at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. It was voted best mobile phone/device, beating out its much bigger and more established competitors such as Nokia and Samsung. […] Read more »

Cellulosic ethanol maker Verenium might have an important partner in UK oil giant BP, but it still can’t help the company from the pitfalls of the difficult capital markets. This morning Verenium says that it is moving forward with a previously announced joint venture with BP, […] Read more »

http://www.youtube.com/v/VmjxmOtNZCk&color1=0xb1b1b1&color2=0xcfcfcf&feature=player_embedded&fs=1 I continue to get e-mails from readers that have already dismissed the Palm Pre for one main reason. What is it? Folks believe that you won’t be able to run applications without connectivity. Bzzzt, wrong answer… thank you for playing! Palm never said that WebOS […] Read more »

Nokia said today it has received a €500 million loan  ($630 million) from the European Investment Bank to help it further develop Symbian and keep it competitive with other mobile operating systems. The loan may change the math we’ve done on the likelihood of Symbian beating […] Read more »

Comcast said this morning it plans to roll out its super-fast DOCSIS 3.0 network to 65 percent of its footprint by the end of 2009, and upgrade subscribers in those markets to a minimum speed of 12 Mbps down and 2 Mbps up at no charge […] Read more »

This keg is tapped. Bud.TV, the high-profile online video site from Anheuser-Busch, has served its last video, and now only has a message that reads: “Bud.tv is no longer available. We’d like to thank millions of viewers from over 200 countries for visiting us over the […] Read more »

The U.K. press is reporting this morning that online networking may be damaging to your health. A few articles, including a particularly sensationalist piece by the Daily Mail, “How using Facebook could raise your risk of cancer,” are reporting the latest findings from every luddite’s favorite […] Read more »

Congratulations are in order this morning to Matt Marshall and his team over at VentureBeat. Matt has agreed to take the reins of the technology launchpad conference DEMO, replacing Chris Shipley after a very successful 13-year run. VentureBeat and DEMO parent company IDG will co-produce the […] Read more »

Despite Google’s talk that energy data should be free and accessible to everyone, at this point it’s mostly owners of commercial and industrial buildings that have been investing in often expensive and complex energy monitoring systems. But startups like Lucid Design Group, a 5-year-old company that […] Read more »

This is a bit off-topic although it is a great concept to put technology for diabetics into the mobile arena.  I am an insulin-taking diabetic and for those who are not in that special club it’s hard to understand how this can end up taking over […] Read more »

Sprint today reported a loss of $1.62 billion, which looks much better than the nearly $30 billion loss it reported a year ago at this time, thanks to its writedown of Nextel. However, the carrier is still struggling with subscriber losses (it plans to cut 8,000 […] Read more »

It’s crazy fast and eerily quiet. That’s the gist of what attendees at last week’s TED summit in Southern California learned about the Mission One electric motorcycle unveiled by San Francisco-based startup Mission Motors. I spoke with the company’s chief operating officer, Jit Bhattacharya, this afternoon […] Read more »

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