Stories for Feb. 9, 2009

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Updated: Okay guys I screwed up big time here and combined Verizon’s Hub product with its Network Extender product. So the simple reason this doesn’t look like a femtocell is because it isn’t. Thanks for those who quickly pointed this out. I must have been thinking […] Read more »

Oft confused with the Galactic Senate, the Mobile World Congress is nearly ready to convene in Barcelona. Some handset bureaucrats obviously can’t keep a secret because LG is already announcing the wares they’re showing off next week. Take the LG ARENA, for example, which is looking […] Read more »

I don’t follow baseball, but I may start, just to check out the new media player from MLB.TV. Rolling out in time for spring training, the new MLB.TV video player features DVR capabilities that let you pause and rewind live games, live game chat and if […] Read more »

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This is the fourth in a series of online community management posts. Earlier posts covered online community manager jobs, what community managers actually do, and what skills are required to be successful in the role. I don’t want to leave anyone with the impression that community management […] Read more »

The current downturn is likely to be a tipping point for e-commerce, as thrifty buyers search for bargains on the web. We saw early signs of this trend recently when Amazon reported great sales performance for the holiday season — quite the opposite of its brick-and-mortar […] Read more »

The recession could be standing in the way of some utilities’ smart grid plans, but San Diego Gas & Electric, which services 3.4 million residents across 4,100 square miles, is trying to keep on track. Stephanie Donovan, spokesperson for the utility, told us recently that starting […] Read more »

In the economic downturn, “green jobs” has become one of the hottest political catchphrases. President Barack Obama has promised 5 million new green jobs as part of his energy and stimulus plans. Here in California, the mayors of Los Angeles and San Francisco, as well as […] Read more »

Stories for Feb. 8, 2009

Comcast-owned thePlatform announced two new products today to target low and mid-tier customers looking for a video publishing solution. thePlatform currently counts mega media companies such as BBC, CNBC and CBS College Sports as customers, but with its new mpsManage CDN and mpsManage Storage (the “mps” […] Read more »

On Friday, Facebook released a series of upgrades to its platform, allowing developers access to many core functionalities, such as Facebook Video and Notes, and giving them the ability to integrate them into their applications. But it was the opening up of a Status API that […] Read more »

OneSpot, the two-year-old Austin, Texas, startup that aims to automate content syndication online, has raised $4.2 million from Silverback Silver Creek Ventures in Dallas. I was mostly drawn to this news because founder and CEO Matt Cohen is a friend, and it’s exciting to see an […] Read more »

There’s been a lot of chatter about the newspaper industry in recent weeks — about whether newspaper companies should find something like iTunes, or use micropayments as a way to charge people for the news, or sue Google, or all of the above — and how […] Read more »

[qi:115] When the financial crisis reached full bloom last fall, it took many technology companies some time before they were able to appreciate the impact it would have on them. This year, we’re seeing the fallout in the form big losses or shrunken profits, layoffs and […] Read more »

Here’s an idea: Stop illegal pollution from coal plants. The Department of Justice said this week that it has launched a novel campaign to start enforcing rules already on the books, beginning with a 1.5 GW Westar Energy coal plant in northeastern Kansas. As the New […] Read more »

Stories for Feb. 7, 2009

Looks like lawmakers have reached a compromise agreement on a trimmed-down $780 billion stimulus package, which will still provide tens of billions of dollars for clean power and energy efficiency. But the new version of the Senate bill did cut out billions from several key energy […] Read more »

Wrapping up another seven days and bringing you the freshest picks, it’s time for this week’s App Store Roundup. Tom Reetsman kicked off the week by calling Technologizer’s Ed Oswald out on an article he wrote about MobileMe, the general gist of it being that Oswald […] Read more »

When Acclaim Games publicly unveiled its Rockfree project, a free-to-play, web-based riff on the rhythm genre, last November, it did something unusual. It invited gamers to play an early version of the game so they could weigh in on the project as it was being developed. […] Read more »

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