Stories for Jan. 19, 2009

White label video provider Fliqz has raised $6 million in a Series C round of funding led by Triangle Peak Partners and joined by existing investor Mohr Davidow Ventures. According to Fliqz CEO Benjamin Wayne, this brings the total amount of funding the company has received […] Read more »

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I’m obsessed with Cloud Computing. So at this week’s Macworld, the moment Phil Schiller announced the availability of Beta, I was all over it, practically foaming at the mouth as I feverishly bashed the URL into Safari. Read more »

[qi:004] Updated: Verizon Wireless is going to launch a femtocell device on Jan. 25 that would allow you to get better coverage on your Verizon wireless line. Of course, you will need to pony up $250 for a femtocell gizmo, perhaps pay an additional monthly fee […] Read more »

Change has come… to YouTube, which started rolling out the option of downloading certain videos instead of just streaming them. Google’s Lawrence Lessig broke the news on his blog over the weekend. By all accounts, it seems as though the downloads are limited to videos from […] Read more »

Video Now an Important Reference Tool; Google-shmoogle, YouTube is an important source of information for a new generation of infoseekers. (The New York Times) Pope Getting His Own YouTube Channel; will feature text and videos of the pontiff’s speeches as well as news. (The Associated Press) […] Read more »

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Following in the footsteps of Apple and its iTunes App store, several mobile companies have announced plans to launch their own storefronts. Research In Motion is looking to launch its store relatively soon, and it took a major step forward when it started accepting applications from […] Read more »

How to give Auto industry a stimulus and not a handout. [Earth2Tech] How do you know that you are doing too many things? [WebWorkerDaily] Sezmi wants to sell ala carte cable content. [NewTeeVee] First Impressions of HP Mini 2140 Netbook. [jkOnTheRun] A15-inch Macbook Air. Now I […] Read more »

While all eyes are on the $54 billion for clean energy in the proposed stimulus package, federal aid from previous green bills is starting to kick in. This morning, cellulosic ethanol startup Range Fuels says it has secured a conditional commitment for a loan guarantee from […] Read more »

We’ve been following the development of the TechCrunch web tablet since they made the auspicious announcement last year.  Today’s update that Kevin covered gave us a look at long last of the latest prototype they’ve named the CrunchPad.  I agree with everything that Kevin said about […] Read more »

I mentioned during our CES 2009 coverage that the ThinkFree folks loaned me an Asus Eee PC 1000H. They wanted me to take a closer look at their ThinkFree Office productivity suite, which I’m doing over the next few weeks. Stay tuned for that. Meanwhile, I […] Read more »

“As January goes, so goes the market.” Or so holds the January Barometer theory, whose originators claim it’s accurate 75 percent of the time (others are doubtful). So far, the S&P 500 is off 7 percent; if that continues, we’re in for another crappy year. When […] Read more »

TechCrunch has more information available about their web tablet prototype, which is now known as the CrunchPad. They’ve built a working prototype and offer up two videos that show what state the project is at. Built on a VIA Nano chipset, the slate currently uses a […] Read more »

One of the big questions we’ve had about set-top box startup Sezmi was how much the service was going to cost. We’ve known the company wants to partner up and distribute its box through ISP partnerships, but Sezmi has always kept mum on pricing (which made […] Read more »

People tease me that my hobby is starting user groups. I also organize big events for geeks in my spare time just for fun. I’m one of those people who notices the gaps and jumps in to fill them. When I wish Portland had an event, […] Read more »

Montreal-based Enerkem, which just last week announced it would soon start up its first commercial scale cellulosic ethanol factory, is looking to secure financing to begin building its second such plant this year, CEO Vincent Chornet told us. Enerkem is teaming up with GreenField Ethanol, Canada’s […] Read more »

Stories for Jan. 18, 2009

The U.S. auto industry is facing the worst downturn in several generations, one so dramatic that it threatens to take out many of the domestic manufacturers and their network of suppliers. While much of the blame rests with Detroit for building mediocre products, most agree that […] Read more »

Beta, as it pertains to web sites, has seen better days. Not long ago, saying the word as part of your web development cycle could help land venture capital even faster than claiming “community,” “paradigm shift” or “disruptive technology.” Now, the term is dissipated and confusing. […] Read more »

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