Stories for Feb. 6, 2009

Unlike some of the other social networking tools, Twitter doesn’t attempt to bundle all kinds of features and extras into its core product. It’s simple, and therein lies its appeal to many. That said, there are times when I need Twitter to do a bit more, […] Read more »

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Strong endorsement from President Obama and Detroit’s Big Three was not enough to keep a $16 billion “Cash for Clunkers” program on the table last night as Senators wrangled with their version of the economic stimulus bill. Amid mounting pressure to shrink the $900 billion bill, […] Read more »

I can’t partake in this one, but I won’t be bitter. Instead, I’ll point this freebie BlackBerry theme out and pay it forward. Owners of a BlackBerry Bold, 81xx, 83xx, 88xx or 89xx series handset can grab a Chalk 2D theme for their handset right here. […] Read more »

Cox will fight AT&T for Alltel’s wireless spectrum. (Bloomberg) Stimulus or not, the smart grid industry is facing a rough year. (Earth2Tech) Getting Real: On Doomsday, the demise of so-called experts and the new arbitrage. (Mark Sigal) Optical chip could lead to terabit Ethernet. (Network World) […] Read more »

Today’s headlines trumpet the loss of 598,000 jobs last month — the worst in 34 years — but what does that mean for Silicon Valley, the home of technology? In order to get a sense of what’s happening with venture-backed startups, peHub talked to a local […] Read more »

Organizing information is hard work. There are many applications available to help manage your information. Rather than iterate through each one, let’s talk about two products that hold the key to information management: DEVONthink Pro Office (DTPro), which we reviewed yesterday, and Evernote Premium Edition. Both […] Read more »

Obama Wants Energy Efficiency Rules, Pronto: President Barack Obama ordered the DOE yesterday to immediately draft overdue standards for making a variety of appliances and light bulbs more efficient. — New York Times Big Bucks for Batteries: Loan guarantees and grants worth $2 billion for advanced […] Read more »

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NewTeeVee readers are well aware of Boxee, but now mainstream news outlets like The New York Times, BusinessWeek and NPR are getting hip to the li’l open source media center that could change the way you watch TV. Boxee CEO and co-founder Avner Ronen stopped by […] Read more »

In addition to the new Aptera specs and the debut of the new Mission One electric motorcycle, the 2009 TED Conference has had plenty of cleantech entrepreneurs up on stage this week. Shai Agassi, CEO of Better Place, spoke yesterday, throwing out the audacious claim that […] Read more »

YouTube Adds Title and Ratings to Embeds; upper left-hand corner shows how many stars the video received (anyone else think it’s ugly?). (Mashable) Tremor Media Partners with comScore; two companies working together to come up with the online equivalent of TV ratings. (TVWeek) Panache Enables Flash […] Read more »

The buzz has been building for Boxee lately. Mainstream news outlets like The New York Times, BusinessWeek and NPR are getting hip to the little open-source media center that could quite possibly change the way you experience TV. Read more »

Knockoffs aren’t just for high-end fashion and electronics anymore. Suntech Power Holdings says that you need to check the label before you make a deal on your next shipment of solar panels — they could be fakes. Wuxi, China-based Suntech today said it has been granted […] Read more »

We love that Doritos brought back its UGC Super Bowl ad contest, and we love it even more that two unemployed brothers showed the ad world what’s what by creating a groin-achingly funny spot. Joe and Dave Herbert’s “Free Doritos” commercial not only won the brothers […] Read more »

If you watch the winning videos for the so-called “Crazy Green Idea” video contest, developed by the X-Prize foundation to find topics for a new X-Prize contest, you’ll quickly realize that the ideas are not — in any way, shape or form — wild and crazy […] Read more »

Usability is key to my using an application, so, while I’m not usually one who falls for flashy interfaces, I surely can appreciate them if they are part of an otherwise strong application. Such is the case with blu, formerly known as chirp, a beautiful new […] Read more »

A lot is said about Facebook, its lack of profits and the problems it faces as the advertising market declines. Things are no different for MySpace, as this little nugget from a research report published by J.P. Morgan shows: Digital strategy is not working. MySpace revenue […] Read more »

One of the things that I struggle with most when I’m working from home is wrapping up and finishing for the day. Quite often, I’ll mean to finish at, say, 6:30 pm, but then another email drops into the old inbox, or I’ll move onto “just […] Read more »

Update: Maryland General Assembly has removed the ban on Facebook and will allow access to the site soon. As of February 11, 2009, MySpace continues to be blocked. The rise in the number of viruses targeting social networks such as Facebook and MySpace has prompted the […] Read more »

Updated: Intel has started shipping a new Atom processor aimed at netbooks a bit earlier than anticipated, PCWorld reported last night. The latest Atom (dubbed N280 for those who like that sort of thing) is notable because it also contains a graphics core chipset called the […] Read more »

JDSU, an optical component and test equipment company that once commanded a megabillion-dollar market capitalization (which earned them a place in my book, “Broadbandits”), has fallen on hard times. Despite growing demand for bandwidth and connectivity, JDSU, like many of its peers, has been skating on […] Read more »

The smart grid might have launched into the mainstream lexicon recently with GE’s super bowl ad and funding included in the current stimulus package, but the budding industry could falter out of the gate in this economic climate. Smart grid companies are showing some concern over […] Read more »

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