Stories for Jan. 29, 2009

YouTube has already spawned its fair share of web video stars, but the video-sharing giant is now reportedly going after real celebrities. According to The New York Times, YouTube is close to signing a deal with the William Morris Agency that would put the firm’s Hollywood […] Read more »

[qi:090] Five years after it launched Voicewing by rebranding DeltaThree, Verizon is shutting down the VoIP service that never managed to get any traction. It was launched to compete with Vonage. AT&T stopped signing up new customers for CallVantage, another Vonage competitor, in 2008. Voicewing will […] Read more »

According to the Albuquerque Business Journal, Qwest has cut off a rival local exchange carrier over a billing dispute. Qwest and SkyWi, a wireless broadband provider that pays Qwest for backhaul, have been involved in a billing dispute that resulted in Qwest cutting off service to […] Read more »

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Depending on who you ask, Second Life is either an early pioneer in what promises to be a brave new virtual world of peer-to-peer interaction, rife with business opportunities, or a non-starter that got way too much hype way too early and won’t live up to […] Read more »

Female-focused ad net Glam Media has acquired online ad optimizer AdaptiveAds. Terms weren’t disclosed. The three-year-old AA is backed by D… Read more »

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Tesla Motors held the first of two planned town hall meetings with customers this week, where it explained to buyers who have not received pre-ordered 2008 Roadsters why the company has decided to charge for options previously included in the sports car’s base price. But CEO […] Read more »

Stories for Jan. 28, 2009

“Challenging” usually has positive connotations: something tough but invigorating and capable of making you stronger. These days, it’s being used more and more as a euphemism for “terrible.” Dustin Shindo, CEO of Hawaii-based solar company Hoku Scientific, used the word in his company’s press release announcing […] Read more »

The problem with tracking the top-Twittered broadcast TV shows is that some programs have rather common names. Case in point: When people Twitter about “Lost” they could be talking about the popular TV show, or how they can’t find their keys. In compiling this week’s list, […] Read more »

It looks like February is shaping up quite nicely. Aside from the Mobile World Congress in mid-month, Amazon is hosting a press conference on February 9th. All signs are pointing to a new Kindle device and it wouldn’t surprise me if it looks like the leaked […] Read more »

The debate over the date of the switch to digital TV continues: The House defeated the bill passed by the Senate on Monday, which would have… Read more »

In the war between Google  and Internet service providers, Google is trying a new weapon — information. The search giant has teamed up with New America Foundation‘s Open Technology Institute and PlanetLab Consortium to create Measurement Labs, a server platform and a series of software tools to measure […] Read more »

This looks ironic since I was just complaining about too many social networks, but the timing is out of my hands. Our crack technical staff (that means you, Chancey!) just got our jkOnTheRun Twitter account set up with TwitterFeed. That means you can subscribe to the […] Read more »

Vodafone (NYSE: VOD) has obtained 98.13 percent of the shares in Swedish navigational software firm WayFinder Systems, mostly coming from it… Read more »

UPDATE: The makers of The Misfits have withdrawn their entry. We are investigating further and will have a follow-up story soon. lonelygirl15 has always been a franchise that worked to reward its rabid fanbase, and last December, the folks at web production company EQAL took things […] Read more »

AOL over the past few days has been making the wrong sort of news. Today, Kara Swisher reported that the company is going to slash 700 jobs (10 percent of the total employee base), pare down its operations and essentially shrink itself into a much smaller […] Read more »

I’m a big fan of open source software as well as freeware, but one of the problems these applications often have is lack of documentation and tutorials. It can be frustrating enough to try to wing it with a new, free software application that many people […] Read more »

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