Stories for Feb. 6, 2009

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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Stories for Feb. 5, 2009

When Sprint signed away its WiMAX spectrum to Clearwire in exchange for 51 percent of the company, and the promise of a nationwide 4G network, it also signed away control of its future. It no longer controls its next generation network — instead it has handed […] Read more »

During Netflix‘s recession-busting fourth-quarter earnings call last week, CEO Reed Hastings noted that “millions” of the company’s subscribers are using its “Watch Instantly” streaming service. The service, which opened up a year ago but kicked into high gear last fall with new content partnerships and roll- […] Read more »

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[qi:006] A man is known by the company he keeps. Extending that analogy, a blog is known by the quality of commenters it attracts. There is nothing more rewarding that reading insights that extend, challenge and enhance the original thesis published by us. Over the past […] Read more »

Solar companies are painting a mixed picture of the sector’s health this month, with some companies surprising with strong results for the latest three-month period, and others disappointing. In the latter camp is Evergreen Solar, which on Thursday posted a loss in the December quarter on […] Read more »

Calendars have come a long way from the days of a pocket diary, with software able to manage your schedule and information much more reliable and accessible. iCal for OS X is the bundled calendar application, and works surprisingly well. It appears simple on the surface, […] Read more »

Between over-the-top video delivery, widgets and remote-less TV controls, what a television does will go through dramatic changes in 2009. But that’s just the tip of the iceberg. According to two new research reports, people are looking for their TVs to get social, and the way […] Read more »

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