Stories for Feb. 19, 2009

Cali Budget Clears State Senate: The budget plan approved today in the California legislature (after a three-month impasse) includes a provision that will delay requirements for builders to retrofit heavy diesel equipment to reduce emissions. — LA Times China’s Automakers Step Up: China’s Chery Automobile launched […] Read more »

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Graphical and visual search engines are always interesting to me as alternatives to Google. I find that for certain types of searches, especially if I’m say, researching new hardware technology, or scanning headlines that happen to come from unusual sources, the extremely text-heavy way in which […] Read more »

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This week I’m listening in as HP talks to some of its customers about cloud computing. Today’s webinar was a pretty good overview of how enterprises should think about using the cloud to deliver IT services — and underneath that, why the cloud really isn’t quite […] Read more »

I started using the Filtrbox online monitoring service after reading Aliza’s great review from last year. Like her, I was intrigued by the promise of more easily managing the sheer volume of information I was wading through. Since then, I have come to rely on the […] Read more »

I was popping through my RSS feeds today and noticed a couple of things worth passing on.  I saw from App-a-Day a mini-review of AccuWeather for the T-Mobile G1 Android phone.  I have been meaning to check out AccuWeather and this reminded me to go do […] Read more »

Turner Broadcasting released stats today saying that its online and mobile video coverage of last weekend’s NBA All-Star festivities generated 14 million streams. Here’s the breakdown. The NBA All-Star Scene, an area where players, celebrities and fans uploaded more than 400 videos using the Kyte mobile […] Read more »

Fresh — is this app “Fresh” or is it “Exciting”?* Well, let’s talk about it. Just this week, the folks at Ironic Software released this clever little utility for all to use. When I first read the product information and watched the instructional videos, my interest […] Read more »

Secretary Steven Chu has made hasty work of shaking up the Department of Energy. Today the agency announced a series of reforms designed to expedite the dispersal of loans and loan guarantees — changes that the DOE says will position it to start offering loan guarantees […] Read more »

In the continuing saga over who can call a netbook a netbook, our colleagues over at jkOnTheRun note that Dell has filed with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office for cancellation of Psion’s trademark for netbook. The JK guys first noted Psion sending out cease-and-desist orders […] Read more »

Gateway has been quiet for a while but today announced the release of the new TC notebook line designed to appeal to the “thin and light” crowd.  The TC sports a 14-inch HD LED display running at 1366×768 and weighs 5.3 pounds.  It’s not the lightest […] Read more »

The wireless industry spends a lot of time looking internally — worried about the operators, the handset manufactures and the even the cont… Read more »

A good friend of mine, an actress auditioning like crazy here in Los Angeles, has already come across anywhere from 6-10 different casting calls this year for web series with exactly the same premise, that being: “Talented hotties struggle to get ahead in the entertainment industry.” […] Read more »

Earlier this morning, along with Matt Mullenweg, I decided to visit the Taj Mahal, India’s heritage site and truly a wonder of our world. I hadn’t been to see it in almost three decades; scenes from “Slumdog Millionaire” admittedly helped me take the four-hour car ride […] Read more »

Borrego Solar Systems has looked at its bottom line and decided to drop its residential solar power installation business and stick with commercial and government projects, which it said yesterday represented more than 75-percent of its new revenue last year. Don’t worry about that residential business, […] Read more » I thought the Google Mobile application was already supported on Windows Mobile, but I stand corrected. It is now supported, however. Google released the software yesterday, and you can download the .CAB file at http:/ on your WinMo handheld. The software will take up some […] Read more »

Online video network ManiaTV has put itself up for sale, and needs to find a buyer within the next two weeks to continue its current operations, as was first reported by Daisy Whitney at TVWeek on Wednesday. The Los Angeles-based company retained investment bank Updata Advisors […] Read more »

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 »

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 »

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