Stories for Dec. 16, 2008

New Fuel Cell Swaps in a Cheap Nickel Catalyst for Platinum: Researchers in China have developed a membrane material that allows cheaper metals to withstand the acidic environments of fuel cells. It could be the beginning of the end of expensive platinum catalysts. — Technology Review […] Read more »

As 2008 comes to a close, it’s time to review past trends and consider what’s around the corner. Arguably, the hot product of the year is one that didn’t even exist until October 2007: the lowly netbook. In 2008 alone, the top two netbook vendors are […] Read more »

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Does the notion of using the tools of computing and the Internet to fight climate change capture the essence of your new business plan? We hope so — it’s a hot area right now, especially after the credit crunch whacked certain other more capital-intensive cleantech projects […] Read more »

Does the notion of using the tools of computing and the Internet to fight climate change capture the essence of your new business plan? We hope so — it’s a hot area right now, especially after the credit crunch whacked certain other more capital-intensive cleantech projects […] Read more »

Sometimes, the way to maximize the value of teamwork is to have as little team, and as much work as possible. This is especially true when teams or partners are geographically distant from one another. Live collaboration in such situations is logistically difficult, and stressful for […] Read more »

It’s the holidays — a time to give, right? Right. Which is why I’m making a list of what I’d like someone to give me this year. This isn’t a gift guide (I’ve already written one of those), but more of a fantasy. I’m making a […] Read more »

With the global economy heading south, you might expect companies to scale back efforts aimed at reducing the environmental impact of computing operations. And if improving software and hardware efficiency — a central focus of green IT initiatives — was all about doing good for the […] Read more »

The Intel Classroom notebook certainly qualifies as a netbook due to the small size and relatively low price.  The Classroom is aimed squarely at the education field, young children in particular, as the name implies.  Laptop Magazine reports that Intel will be showing a convertible Classroom […] Read more »

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I’m a bit of an ancient culture geek, and a big fan of the God of War series of video games. For these reasons I was both excited and wary about the new Hero of Sparta ($9.99) game for the iPhone and iPod touch, the latest Gameloft […] Read more »

Image Metrics Raises $6.5 Million; Series B round for the company that makes really real-looking digital characters was led by Saffron Hill Ventures. (TechCrunch) Aspera Releases Aspera Console 1.0; management platform lets companies monitor, control and automate delivery of really big files using Aspera’s patent-pending fasp […] Read more »

Another electric car maker is feeling the pinch of the global credit crisis. Norway’s Think halted production yesterday, with CEO Richard Canny telling reporters that his company is in “urgent financial distress.” Canny said the company was seeking state aid to get Think back on its […] Read more »

ST-NXP might not be a household name, but they’re under the hood of phones you would recognize. The company has shipped over 120 million EDGE chipsets but knows that the future is in 3G and beyond. That explains the new 7210 UMA chipset the company just […] Read more »

This time around, it took a little longer, but the iPhone 3G has finally been unlocked, thanks to the efforts of the hardworking iPhone Dev Team, makers of the Pwnage Tool, which is used for jailbreaking Apple’s handhelds. The Dev Team reports successful unlocking, using their […] Read more », a company that layers additional information like graphics, ads and links over video, announced today that it secured $4.6 million in its second round of funding. The company says the money will be used to continue its UGC efforts and expand into more premium content […] Read more »

In the old days of networking, we were told things like 1) bring your business cards with you wherever you go; 2) make notes on the back of the business cards you collect at networking events so you can remember something about the person when you […] Read more »

This morning, research firm Gartner said the semiconductor industry would decline by 16.3 percent in 2009 to a $219.2 billion industry. This is quite a revision from last month, when it forecast chip sales would decline only by 2.2 percent in 2009. This is a dismal […] Read more »

Big players in the lighting market have snapped up startups in recent years at a breakneck pace. Cree acquired LED Lighting Fixtures in March. Lighting Science Group bought Lamina Lighting’s assets in July. Philips spent $5.4 billion on startups between 2005 and 2007 and acquired four […] Read more »

“Everything that is important to this world will be solved by semiconductor technology.” That was the claim of National Semiconductor CEO and Chairman Brian Halla at the EcoChip forum hosted at chipmaker Actel’s Silicon Valley campus on Monday. It’s a tall order, of course, not least […] Read more »

Stories for Dec. 15, 2008

Om’s been following this whole is-Google-being-evil-over-net-neutrality-or-not fiasco, but we wanted to take his analysis and go one further. Don’t just think YouTube; think premium full-length content from YouTube in HD and Google’s moves make two tons of sense. In a nutshell, Google’s OpenEdge initiative will put […] Read more »

As expected, Yahoo launched its Inbox 2.0 beta today at a press event in San Francisco. Since I am not part of the beta program, I haven’t actually seen the service just yet — though I got some cute screenshots. The company trotted out three applications […] Read more »

BlueKai, an advertising startup that hopes to convince users to actively manage their online privacy settings and sell better intent-based advertising information based on such actively managed accounts, has raised $10.5 million in second-round funding from Battery Ventures and return investor Redpoint Ventures. The Bellevue, Wash.-based […] Read more »

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