Stories for Feb. 12, 2009

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 »

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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 »

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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 »

Massachusetts-based carbon capture startup C12 Energy has just entered an exclusive group: cleantech companies backed by venture capital firm Sequoia Capital. The firm, which has been less gung-ho about the green space than many of its Silicon Valley peers, has joined several undisclosed investors in a […] Read more »

Stories for Feb. 11, 2009

Sometimes, analysis comes ahead of the news. Like today. Last night I posted my analysis of why mobile is critical to Facebook and its future. The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Facebook is in talks with Nokia, the world’s largest phone maker, to embed its […] Read more », a micro-messaging service that allows folks to tweet their favorite songs and create social interactions around music, is on life support, according to The Wall Street Journal. Fuzz Artists, the company behind, has cut two-third of its staff and is down to just four […] Read more »

iPhone Push to Be Delivered Alongside Snow Leopard? – Warning: this post is long, very involved, and pretty detailed. That said, it is very informative, and it presents a well-reasoned argument for why background push notification for third-party apps might be integrally tied to Apple’s upcoming […] Read more »

On the day I give up on my iPhone and trade it in for the iPod Touch, AdMob, a mobile advertising startup released its report that shows a big uptick in mobile Internet usage via Wi-Fi in the month of January 2009. According to AdMob, Apple […] Read more »

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