Stories for Jan. 26, 2009

Discovery Channel Mines the Vault; clips from 23 years’ worth of shows get new life (and ad dollars) on the web. “‘Cheetahs are still killing gazelles the same way they did 3,000 years ago,’ Doug Craig, the senior vice president for digital media production, said, ‘and […] Read more »

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Digitalsmiths has added strategic funding from Cisco, the Research Triangle Park, N.C.-based startup said today. The amount of funding was not disclosed. Digitalsmiths had just announced its $12 million Series B funding at our NewTeeVee Live conference in November. Digitalsmiths has always had some nice technology […] Read more »

Smart-charging startup Coulomb Technologies, announced today that it has raised $3.8 million in its first round of venture capital funding. The round, led by Berlin’s Estag Capital, could be the cash the company needs to make a move into overseas markets. Richard Lowenthal, founder and CEO […] Read more »

Today Verizon Wireless is expected to launch its first femtocell product, which will boost cell phone reception inside a person’s home and cost $249.99. Despite the fact that there are no monthly fees, Om’s right, the femtocell is a ripoff. But while the press release may […] Read more »

Community management is one of those careers that I think of as a quintessential web worker position. In my first full-time community manager position, I worked from my home in Portland for a company based in the Bay Area. Now, I work from home as a freelance online community consultant. Even when I was working in a more traditional company with a local office, I tended to behave a little more like a web worker, since almost all of my work was online. Read more »

We looked at QuickBooks 2009 for Mac last week, and also slated to be updated for 2009 is QuickBooks Online. Intuit was showing off the latest version at their booth at Macworld Expo running in the Safari web browser (which was not previously possible). QuickBooks Online is […] Read more »

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Samsung recently entered the U.S. notebook computer market and I’m not sure they could have picked a worse time to do so. They’re fighting a war on two fronts: an economic meltdown on one side and low-priced netbooks eating into traditional notebook sales, a place where […] Read more »

Is it possible that the best ideas to fight global warming will come from the garages of the masses, not cultivated in universities or by elite venture capitalists? Google thinks so, and the search engine giant is asking the public to start voting on Tuesday for […] Read more »

There’s funny business going on at MTV Networks today, as two divisions within the company made separate announcements that broadened its comedic presence online. MTV Networks expanded its “Tribes” vertical ad network with the launch of its Comedy Tribe. While the new ad network is anchored […] Read more »

Today, troubled Sprint Nextel said it would eliminate 8,000 jobs, freeze salaries and cut its 401(k) match in an effort to save $1.2 billion. Sprint currently has 56,000 employees; only 850 of the job cuts will be voluntary, and layoffs should be completed by March 31. […] Read more »

What do mig33, iSkoot and Truphone have in common? They are all startups that have raised gobs of money from venture capitalists. They all offer mobile VoIP clients. And now, all three are looking beyond plain vanilla voice services as they try and navigate the new, […] Read more »

For content delivery startups, partnering with large carriers is the only path to survival in a cut-throat business dominated by Akamai. Edgecast, a Los Angeles-based startup, today announced that it is teaming up with German giant Deutsche Telekom to offer a new service that will use […] Read more »

With its core functionality – Skype calling — getting commoditized, it makes perfect sense for San Francisco-based iSkoot to look at new horizons and reboot itself. With a technology underpinning that is more valuable than just a conduit for cheap calls, the company is transforming itself […] Read more »

Stories for Jan. 25, 2009

Everyone from Microsoft to Verizon to Research in Motion who suffers from Apple envy need to learn one thing: If you want to beat Apple and its hit products, then you have to make products that are both game-changing and revolutionary, not me-too products with a […] Read more »

Next New Networks’ Barely Political, which struck online video gold with Obama Girl, is hoping it can mine technology for an equally successful sister franchise. And so…”Barely Digital” launches tomorrow. It’s not like political parody was a novel genre, but tech parody? It’s been done. You’re […] Read more »

[qi:036] During his weekly radio address, President Barack Obama offered some specifics about his economic stimulus plan, but none related to the $6 billion allocated for broadband as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Bill of 2009. PCWorld calls attention to that oversight, but they […] Read more »

[qi:___3g] Asia-Pac region would lead the world with 564 million 3G subscriptions by 2013 versus 158.4 million in 2008, according to research from Frost & Sullivan. Doh! With countries like Japan, South Korea, Singapore, China and India should we be surprised? They think 37 million people […] Read more »

On Monday, President Barack Obama is expected to direct the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to quickly start work on granting California a long-contested waiver that will allow it to enforce stricter automobile-emission standards, The New York Times reported Sunday. (Update: Obama signed the executive order Monday […] Read more »

We were back in the saddle this past week following a couple of weeks of travel and found the tech world takes no time off to let us catch up.  There was the usual mish-mash of netbook news and other doings that you might have missed.  […] Read more »

Apple’s iPhone may enjoy a cult-like following with blogs, forums and commenters galore, but it’s not the only product to enjoy such adulation. Another highly successful product of the past year, the lowly netbook, has its share of support groups, blogs and fans as well. Below […] Read more »

Stories for Jan. 24, 2009

PHEV conversion companies, which turn hybrid vehicles like the Prius into plug-ins, snagged a big win in Sacramento on Friday. The California Air Resources Board, which had been considering new rules for emissions tests and warranties on aftermarket conversions, decided to separate regulations for the emerging […] Read more »

Unholster your iPhone and boot up iTunes because it’s that time of the week when we all gather round the App Store and have a look at some of the freshest picks from the last seven days. While I’ve been wandering the boutiques and bars of […] Read more »

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