Stories for Dec. 30, 2008

Sales of dynamic random access memory — the chips that store information in personal computers — have plunged 20 percent in the last year, prompting calls for government-led bailouts in Taiwan, consolidation efforts, and doubts about the ability of Micron Technology, the last DRAM maker in […] Read more »

Air New Zealand has completed what it says was the first commercial test flight using biofuel made from the jatropha plant. Jatropha, which produces seeds that contain inedible lipid oil, can be grown on land that’s not usable for food crops, making it a potentially more […] Read more »

Do you bill based on hourly work performed? Or are you working on a project basis? What are you doing about recurring revenues? With 2009 almost here, this is something I’ve been focusing on for my business. In a past post about Freshbooks benchmark data for […] Read more »

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Hulu will carry its second-ever live stream on Wednesday night — that of the famous New Year’s Eve outdoor ball-dropping party in New York City’s Times Square. You can access the stream here or just check back on the embed above. It’s probable that Hulu’s feed […] Read more »

We gave you a heads up that the SlingPlayer Mobile would be available for a number of Blackberry models on December 30 and that’s today.  Consider yourself reminded that you can now download the player direct to your Pearl 8120, Pearl Flip 8220, Curve 8320, 8820, […] Read more »

You may or may not have forgotten about the MacBook Pro’s larger self, the 17-inch model. Following its conspicuous absence from the lineup of new laptops announced at the notebook event which took place this past October, news came that Apple had not forsaken the bigger-screened […] Read more »

Our friends over at Earth2Tech will probably appreciate this: Getting your DVDs delivered to you by mail (like through Netflix) is most likely a greener option for getting your movies than going to the video store in person. Slate spin-off site The Big Money breaks it […] Read more »

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Coffee shops with free wifi are the web workers’ digital oases, allowing us to flit from coffee to cake, sucking down bits and bites. For those without a home office, or access to a coworking community, such locations can quickly become our nomadic offices. So with […] Read more »

OK, now that everyone has accepted the need for better, faster broadband (and why not, if the government is paying for it?), the serious negotiations can begin. Today’s Wall Street Journal has an article detailing who wants what, and who will be at a disadvantage. Think […] Read more »

The long decline of (book) reading. [Mssv] Hotels and conference centers want more bandwidth. [The New York Times] What is Apple going to do with all its cash? [TheAppleBlog] Tesla Backpedals on Model S [Earth2Tech] Tesla’s rough road ahead [Jeff Nolan] Social media trends in 2009. […] Read more »

Not too long ago, Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk called a government guarantee for loans to build its mass-market electric sedan factory a “when, not an if.” Supposedly all the luxury electric car startup needed to begin construction on a plant for its elusive Model S […] Read more »

We’ve brought you the victories and the disappointments of the year in cleantech, and now here’s a top 10 list that’s a little more personal: The top 10 Earth2Tech stories of 2008. The list is a combo of reader favorites — page views and number of […] Read more »

Stories for Dec. 29, 2008

Herzliya, Israel-based startup SolarEdge gave its first press interview earlier this month and closed on a $23 million Series B round of financing. So why has the company — which has raised a total of $34.8 million in venture capital from Vertex Venture Capital and Genesis […] Read more »

Cisco Systems, a company best known for selling mundane (albeit very lucrative) routers, switches and other networking gear, plans to launch a whole series of products at the upcoming CES that fall under the connected, networked entertainment category. But in order for Cisco to compete with Samsung, Sony and even Apple in the consumer electronics space, the company would need to rewire its entire DNA. And unfortunately, it ain’t got the skills. Read more »

There’s a cash prize in them thar waters! The government of Scotland said today that its £10 million ($14.5 million) Saltire Prize for ocean energy has pulled in 33 registrations of interest from around the world. Scotland, already a major hub for wave and tidal power […] Read more »

Given how old most web phenomena are, the folks at Rocketboom have their work cut out for them with the Know Your Meme video series and accompanying database, an attempt to track the origins of various Internet culture standards (and expand the Rocketboom brand). You might […] Read more »

Earlier today, a reader reminded me about OpenGoo, a free,  open source suite of web-hosted productivity applications. I’ve used OpenGoo in the past, but hadn’t checked back in on it for a while. It has a nicer interface than it did before, and delivers word processing, […] Read more »

SolarWorld AG’s photovoltaic solar module prices will decline more than 10 percent during the next two years, tightening a squeeze on the German manufacturer’s profit margins. That’s the forecast revealed in an interview with SolarWorld CEO Frank Asbeck set to be published in tomorrow’s edition of […] Read more »

Last month’s SIAA OnDemand Conference saw the launch of RocketLawyer’s ‘web-based law office’ – a service that may prove to be a useful DIY legal utility for freelancers, web workers and startups. RocketLawyer is essentially a library of legal forms  – covering the spectrum of business […] Read more »

I’m not going to lie to you — this is going to get geeky. Not run-my-mac-from-the-command-line geeky, but more pocket-protector-and-green-visor geeky. I am an accountant after all. That being said, someone asked me the other day what the big deal was with Apple’s war chest. For […] Read more »

As the need for fast, large-scale computing to power sites like Facebook or even computing clouds has grown, manufacturers such as Rackable Systems are taking notes on server design from Google, which builds its own systems. The goal of their mimicry is to provide more computing […] Read more »

Positive Energy, a startup that makes software and analytics systems used by utilities to provide better smart meter services, has raised a $14 million round from New Enterprise Associates. The funding was reported by the Washington Business Journal and by VentureWire. (Update: The company confirmed the […] Read more »

In Gold, we witness an American team striving for top prize in the world championship of a fantasy role-playing game known as Goblins & Gold. The Yanks have one goal: to snatch victory from the jaws of their gold-hogging archrivals, the Brits. Gold offers up an […] Read more »

Kilar on Original Content; in a Q&A, Hulu CEO says he expects library content like recycled TV shows will remain the biggest “bucket” of premium content, but originals like Dr. Horrible will be the fastest-growing segment. (MediaPost) Cuban Acquires Stake in Carmike Cinemas; Cuban, who also […] Read more »

At the urging of state officials, Texas oil giant ExxonMobil has undertaken a $70 million project to capture and store 6 million metric tons of emissions annually from its natural gas plant in La Barge, Wyo., an increase of 50 percent from the current 4 million […] Read more »

During the rest of the year, my life is filled mostly with other technology workers and freelancers who easily understand what I do for a living. However, the holidays can be a different story when I’m faced with people who know little about what it means to be a web worker. Read more »

Faced with a free moment on Saturday night, I succumbed to the temptation to check the GigaOM site on my BlackBerry. But when I clicked on my browser, I ended up in the Verizon start page. After checking that I had indeed clicked through the correct […] Read more »

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