Stories for Jan. 16, 2009

The economic stimulus proposal revealed yesterday by House Democrats includes some big wins for the auto industry: $2 billion for battery research, $300 million to retrofit or replace older diesel engines and vehicles, and $1 billion for federal, state and local governments to buy alternative fuel […] Read more »

Nielsen today sent us its streaming video stats for December. There was nothing that immediately jumped out from the data, but if you dig a little, there’s a month-to-month increase in the number of streams being delivered while the number of unique viewers fell. Nielsen didn’t […] Read more »

A combination of events yesterday got me thinking about how much time I spend sifting my Twitter stream for valuable, work-related and/or professionally useful information. First, fellow WWD writer Aliza Sherman posted a tweet about starting a second account to follow only those twitterers you really […] Read more »

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Rockefeller Proposes 3-Month DTV Delay; Democratic senator of West Virginia has introduced legislation that proposes pushing the transition date back to June 12 (The New York Times). Meanwhile, the FCC votes to implement the “analog nightlight” bill, which allows broadcasters to keep analog broadcasts up for […] Read more »

It’s been pretty quiet here on jkOnTheRun the past few days due to a whirlwind schedule of traveling and meetings for both Kevin and I.  We left Vegas after 6 days of CES coverage on Monday of this week and on Wednesday we both headed out […] Read more »

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As Congress contemplates broadband access as part of President-elect Barack Obama’s economic recovery plan, Jay Rockefeller, chairman of the Senate Commerce Committee, has filed a bill that would push back the transition from analog to digital signals for television broadcasters from Feb. 18 until June 12, 2009. […] Read more »

President-elect Barack Obama’s pledge to double renewable energy in three years and make public buildings more energy efficient is getting a significant boost in the stimulus package proposed by House democrats. Of the $825 billion in proposed spending and tax cuts, $54 billion, or 6.5 percent, […] Read more »

I’m old. I accept that. And being old means there are some things that I just don’t understand. Like why anyone would want to watch the lead singer from All-American Rejects (I hear they play that “rock and roll” music) sitting in an airport, mumbling into […] Read more »

[qi:004] Some days you read something that makes you go: What the…? I got that feeling when I read Peter Kafka’s report that Tweetdeck, one of the many Twitter desktop apps that use Adobe Air and has been downloaded 250,000 times, is getting just shy of half […] Read more »

Despite my addiction to The Age of Empires (and the rest of the franchise), I’m not much of a gamer. Nevertheless, last year a friend of mine let me borrow his Nintendo Wii and after a couple of hours spent playing some of its simpler games, […] Read more »

Samsung Electronics, the world’s second-largest mobile phone company, the only profitable DRAM maker and the manufacturer of flat-screen televisions announced a reorganization that combines its consumer electronics businesses into one unit focused on gadgets from phones and televisions to home appliances, and a second unit that […] Read more »

Advanced Data Centers (ADC) announced this morning a record-breaking “Savings by Design” award from the Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD). Awards are great and all, and the company’s energy-saving designs have been much publicized. What’s actually interesting about this news is what ADC plans to do […] Read more »

Stories for Jan. 15, 2009

Cisco Systems chief technology officer, Padmasree Warrior, is on a very short list of candidates being considered for the job of U.S. CTO. She is on a short list that also includes Vivek Kundra, CTO of the government in Washington, D.C., according to BusinessWeek. Warrior, who […] Read more »

When the Big Three auto executives drove away from Capitol Hill last month, they left a trail of buzz about the electrification of the auto industry. GM’s plug-in hybrid Volt, which the company says will enter production in less than a year, and Chrysler’s proposed portfolio […] Read more »

The new push by television set makers to introduce Internet-connected models this year could turn consumer electronics manufacturers into gatekeepers for content. Internet-connected sets from Sony, LG and Samsung were among the most buzzworthy products showcased at the recent Consumer Electronics Show. They’ll come to market […] Read more »

FCC Chairman Kevin Martin, a Republican, said today that he will be stepping down from his post once the new administration takes over next… Read more »

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