Stories for Jan. 17, 2009

A parade of 74 plug-in vehicles really makes you realize how entirely silent electric cars are. We stopped by Plug-In America’s parade in Santa Monica, Calif., on Saturday morning, which celebrated the upcoming presidential inauguration, and the procession would have been almost eerily silent if the […] Read more »

With the FOX juggernaut American Idol once again rearing its culture-saturating head, it can feel downright impossible for a non-watcher to remain a functional member of society. In today’s Station Conversation, Liz Shannon Miller and Jill Weinberger discuss what happens when the lazy blogger’s last refuge […] Read more »

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President-elect Barack Obama’s inauguration is turning into one of the biggest events of the relatively young new year. Thousands of people are going to Washington D.C. to participate in what is going to be a historic day. For the rest of us, who need to work, […] Read more »

The controversial Cape Wind offshore project in Massachusetts took a step closer to becoming a reality on Friday, receiving a favorable review from the Minerals Management Service in a final environmental impact statement. The Cape Wind group said it could complete the permitting process by March. […] Read more »

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Some 95 percent of all digital music downloads continue to be pirated, according to estimates released today by music industry trade group IFPI. Those numbers don’t translate well for online video, especially as streaming sites like Hulu start to see significant traction, but a quick look […] Read more »

Stories for Jan. 16, 2009

Raising the Bar on Emissions Targets: “President-elect Obama’s goal of reducing emissions to 1990 levels by 2020 falls short of the response needed by world leaders to meet the challenge of reducing emissions to levels that will actually spare us the worst effects of climate change,” […] Read more »

– Perform: Online sports media rights distributor Perform has signed a five-year deal with broadcaster Matchroom Sports that will bring pro… Read more »

A battle that will only intensify this year is one currently raging on the video player front, as Microsoft’s Silverlight tries to take down Adobe’s Flash. Silverlight got an Obama boost today as the Presidential Inauguration Committee selected it as the video technology to stream the […] Read more »

Last week, Microsoft released the public beta of Windows 7, the successor to the much-maligned Vista operating system. After spending the past three days testing the system, I’m impressed. Windows 7 proves that the company from Redmond is in no mood to cede control over the […] Read more »

Take the nine California entities that deal with energy — including public utility regulators, power grid operators and the state’s energy planning agency — and roll them into one streamlined Department of Energy helmed by a cabinet-level secretary. That’s what Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has proposed as […] Read more »

Early last year, I did a roundup called 12 Top Zen Apps to Keep You Focused.  It focused on a number of free tools in the category of zenware–mostly applications that do away with the clutter you typically find on your computing desktop. Some of the […] Read more »

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