Stories for Jan. 21, 2009

We know that online video needs a fast pipe, but it also results in a lot of data being downloaded, meaning consumers with broadband caps might have to be wary.  Yesterday’s inauguration resulted in a 40 percent increase in U.S. network traffic yesterday, according to data […] Read more »

QuickBooks is one of those key business applications that many people who are considering a switch to the Mac are worried about leaving behind. While QuickBooks 2009 for Mac might be the perfect answer for many, others do not want to give up some of the […] Read more »

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A total of $594 million was invested in 63 Virtual Worlds in 2008, according to Austin-based trade show company Virtual Worlds Management. That may seem like a lot, but that’s down from the more than $1.4 billion in 2007 (their estimate), a figure that was hugely […] Read more »

WebWorkerDaily has covered many time management, to-do list, and calendaring applications such as RememberTheMilk and Toodledo. There are many good applications in this space, but the tricky part with many of them is that they are intensely personal, and the way they work may not suit […] Read more »

It’s time for your cheerful Streamy Awards update! This Friday is the final day for submissions to the awards competition that LA Times’s David Sarno called the Emmys for online video. We’ve already received nearly 53,000 nominations for the best in web series, and while all […] Read more »

Even after T. Boone Pickens’ plan to build the world’s largest wind farm in Texas got kicked by the debt markets, he tried to remain optimistic that the funding would come and his plan would only suffer a minor delay. But at the Clean Tech Investor […] Read more »

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Awards season enters the home stretch tomorrow as the nominations for the 81st Academy Awards will be announced at 5:30 a.m. (ET). Unlike last year, the nominations won’t be live-streamed, but video of them will be available on Oscar.com at roughly 6 a.m., along with trailers […] Read more »

In early December of last year, the folks at Western Digital released some new USB/Firewire “Turbo” drivers for their My Book line of external storage devices. There was no mention of this news, nor was there a press release issued from the company. For my own […] Read more »

http://www.youtube.com/v/_ZARCVcZw58&hl=en&fs=1&color1=0xe1600f&color2=0xfebd01 We’re kicking around some new ideas for 2009 and wanted to bounce one off you today. We’ll be doing more of our ten-minute “geek session” videos, but we’re considering some daily news, tips and opinion pieces on hot topics or devices. Take today, for example: […] Read more »

Around a month ago, we wrote about the integration of Slideshare within Microsoft’s Office, notably Powerpoint. Rashmi Sinha, the CEO of Slideshare, cheekily announced the company’s ‘acquisition of YouTube’ – more specifically, the ability to integrate ‘Video Inside Slides.’ Available starting today, this feature will enable […] Read more »

Get ready QuickTime junkies — Apple is taking care of you. If you check Software Update, you’ll notice a new flavor of QuickTime is available today. From Apple’s support document, here is what we can expect in this update. Video: Improves single-pass H.264 encoding quality Increases […] Read more »

Kaltura Partners with PLYmedia; white-label video provider and ad platform combiming technologies to allow interactive layers of information on top of videos. (release) FCC Says Cable Rates Up 122 Percent Since 1995; results of commission’s study looked at basic and expanded basic packages, also finds prices […] Read more »

Northern California utility PG&E will soon start taking equity stakes in solar projects, CEO Peter Darbee told the audience at the Clean Tech Investor Summit in Palm Springs, Calif., on Wednesday. Darbee has openly talked about possibly pushing PG&E to invest in renewable power before, but […] Read more »

Do you have a need to capture screenshots for personal or work use? If so, you are in luck as the market for these tools is improving. In case you did not know, Apple provides default screenshot capturing within OS X (via command keys) and also […] Read more »

So far, the secretive startup Conviva has done little more publicly than announce it’s raised a bunch of funding — $29 million from UV Partners, New Enterprise Associates and Foundation Capital. But the San Mateo, Calif.-based company, which aims to power live streams for media companies, […] Read more »

Chrysler-Fiat Deal Contingent on More Loans: Anonymous sources say Fiat’s agreement to take a 35-percent stake in Chrysler will not be binding unless Washington loans Chrysler an additional $3 billion. — Wall Street Journal Toyota the New Top Dog: For the first time since the Great […] Read more »

Google, Apple, Microsoft and Nokia — starting today, all four will report results for the most recent fiscal quarter. More importantly, they may offer outlooks for their respective businesses over the coming months. For while these companies are major contributors to the technology economy, they’re also […] Read more »

In a recent post here at WWD, Dawn Foster brought up a discussion about the direction that online freelancing is likely to take this year.  It might be interesting to look at the other half of the web working population – corporate employees who are telecommuting […] Read more »

Is the recession over? Someone must think so, because Changing World Technologies, a West Hempstead, N.Y.-based biofuel developer, is moving forward with plans for an initial public offering, setting terms at 2.8 million shares for $11 to $15 per share. In its latest filing with the […] Read more »

[qi:086] Want proof that competition will drive faster broadband speeds and lower prices? Try to negotiate a rate cut for your services, and learn for yourself why a duopoly won’t cut it when it comes to improving our nation’s broadband access, especially when providers can also […] Read more »

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