Stories for Feb. 12, 2009

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Energy harvesting has been getting interest from a number of different sectors for tiny, energy-saving applications, and now it’s making its way down to the nanoscale. Researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology have attached a tiny muscle-movement-driven generator to a hamster and let him loose […] Read more »

DTV Update: Obama signs bill that delays the digital TV switch till June 12. (The LA Times); FCC prevents 123 stations from going all-digital on Feb. 17 (previous coverage), 368 stations will do so. (Broadcasting & Cable) Feds and YouTube Near Deal; agreement would allow federal […] Read more »

Symbian said today that 14 new companies, including Hewlett-Packard, MySpace, Qualcomm and SanDisk, have joined its foundation. This brings the number of companies that have signed up to use the mobile operating system’s platform to 78, putting it ahead of the 47 members of the Open […] Read more »

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Looks like I’m eating my words today. Back in July, we kicked around the idea of device-specific, mobile-friendly websites. I said I’m not a fan, although I’ve obviously been using these sites for the past 20 months with my iPhone. I’m starting to have a change […] Read more »

Let’s Make a Deal: Spending on clean energy, energy efficiency and public transit in the latest stimulus bill is exactly halfway between the House and Senate versions — the House had approved $72 billion, the Senate $68 billion. — Gristmill Bingaman for Ethanol Boost: With corn […] Read more »

For the first time, Nielsen has released public rankings of individual TV shows watched on network web sites. Lost was the big winner in December, pulling in more than 1.4 million viewers on, followed by Saturday Night Live with 1.1 million viewers on, and […] Read more »

Siting is a thorny issue for any major infrastructure project — after all, who wants a freeway in their backyard? For the pending transmission grid buildout, the challenge could be even greater because of a key difference between the Interstate Highway System that President Eisenhower championed […] Read more »

I was recently interviewed as a “web expert” for a national women’s magazine. The reporter kept trying to get me to explain how a professional could build a static web site on the cheap to effectively “manage online reputation.” “Web sites don’t really actively manage your […] Read more »

The collision of a decommissioned Russian military satellite with one of Iridium’s birds on Tuesday will likely have few affects beyond twice-daily outages of about 5-9 minutes until another satellite fills the hole in the satellite constellation. According to Tim Farrar, an analyst at TMF Associates […] Read more »

Do we need another Mac email client? Well, the folks at Postbox believe we do. They have taken the core of Thunderbird 3, reskinned it, added some goodies and given us something new to use. Is Postbox ready for primetime? Well, let’s weigh in on the […] Read more »

Netflix continues on its recession-busting roll and announced last night that it has surpassed the 10 million subscriber mark, adding more than 600,000 net subscribers since the first of the year. Wowzers, that’s an impressive stat. But given how people are hunting for bargains in this […] Read more »

Billboard recently reported that Total Music, a joint venture between Universal Music Group and Sony Music Entertainment, has finally ceased operations. The two music giants have “agreed to stop funding the effort, citing both business and economic factors for doing so.” As far as I’m concerned, […] Read more »

Lowering expenses is in vogue these days, with companies cutting costs in every way they can. Although freelancers work on a smaller scale, that doesn’t mean that we’re immune to these pressures. In fact, we probably feel the effect of the economy on a more personal […] Read more »

I have been a long-time customer of the Telenav GPS Navigator service and have enjoyed it on both the Windows Mobile platform and the Shotgun standalone device.  The Telenav Navigator software works very well and the integration with the online service makes it a tight combination. […] Read more »

[qi:011] The crisis in the financial market is coming home to roost for startups of all kinds. Today’s Wall Street Journal has an article detailing the death or firesale of several startups in the last few weeks. It’s grim, but this is only the beginning for […] Read more »

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