Stories for Dec. 8, 2008

The music industry has to be prepared to give music away for free, according to analysts Screen Digest. In a study of 27 countries including… Read more »

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Electric-Vehicle Makers Struggle, Seek Aid Along With Detroit: Representatives from the EV industry sprang to action in Washington, D.C. last week before executives from Detroit’s Big Three arrived, calling for subsidized loans, expanded tax credits, a national push for development of advanced vehicle batteries, and more government purchases of electric cars. Read more »

We’ve discussed numerous times the reasons we flock to services like Twitter. We like the sense of community, the sharing of info and the knowledge that we can tap into with just a few words. Wouldn’t that sort of knowledge sharing and interaction help foster better […] Read more »

Australian Man Charged for Uploading Baby Swinging Video; 60-year-old Chris Illingworth arrested after re-posting a viral video of a man swinging a baby around by the arms. (theage.com.au via BoingBoing) Moscow Venture Fund Puts $5M into Tvigle; venture capital fund managed by Allianz Rosno will take […] Read more »

Yahoo, I’ve learned, is planning to launch a new program that essentially turns its email offering into a platform on which to run applications — much in the same way Facebook does. Users’ address books would act as a social graph, essentially turning Yahoo Mail into the basis of a whole new social networking experience. Leveraging email infrastructure, as I’ve noted before, is the best hope a company like Yahoo has to challenge the social networking incumbents. Read more »

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During my creative writing classes in college, many of my classmates dreaded the workshops.  These workshops required us to send each other a copy of our work, then, the following week, we’d tear each other apart.  We used to spend hours spotting mixed metaphors, grammatical errors, […] Read more »

We’ve covered the magicJack before, that little USB gadget that lets you make cheap phone calls.  I was wondering how big a seller the magicJack has been since it’s the company’s only product.  My question was answered today when I discovered that the magicJack is the […] Read more »

As part of his Economic Recovery Plan that he hopes will create 2.5 million new jobs, President-elect Barack Obama is calling for an effort to make public buildings more energy-efficient. In his weekly radio address, Obama announced a plan to seek energy-efficient upgrades for federal and […] Read more »

Though we talked to Brightcove at the end of last week regarding their partnership platform announced today, we missed the fact that they made layoffs on Wednesday. That’s mostly our bad, since the layoffs — 25 out of 172 employees across multiple departments — were reported […] Read more »

Broadcom released a new chipset today that integrates Blueooth, an FM radio and Wi-Fi (in the 802.11n flavor) for mobile devices. Broadcom is trying to own the segment of the market that wants multiple radios on a chipset, while Texas Instruments tries to keep up. The […] Read more »

The music industry has got to be prepared to give music away for free, according to analysts Screen Digest. In a study of 27 countries inclu… Read more »

The launch of Apple’s new unibody aluminum Macs hasn’t been the smoothest ride, for both the company and its loyal customers. There was disappointment over what didn’t (Firewire) and what did (HDCP) make it into the new machines. The innovative new trackpad design nearly underwhelmed thanks […] Read more »

Darrell Etherington recently came up with a list of holiday gifts, and I wanted to add some ideas to the mix. I’m more of a gadget gal, myself. I like tangible items that I can unwrap and hold in my hands, marvel at the construction and […] Read more »

First it was the London Array; now its the UK’s Cirrus Array that’s getting the cold shoulder from Royal Dutch Shell, dealing the latest blow to the UK wind market. Netherlands-based Shell confirmed with the Sunday Times that the planned 270-megawatt Cirrus Array offshore wind project […] Read more »

Cloud computing management software provider RightScale has scored $13 million in second round venture funding. Index Ventures led the round and was joined by returning investor Benchmark Capital, which led a $4.5 million round in April. Index Ventures partner Danny Rimer has also joined the RightScale’s […] Read more »

In the course of playing and reviewing a number of iPhone games, I realize I’ve come to expect, and even allow for, certain shortcomings. I expect lag in a graphics-intensive game. I expect buggy controls that feel less than intuitive. I expect omissions that are promised […] Read more »

Only in France would the theme of a tech conference be “love,” but we wouldn’t have it any other way, would we? It’s not surprising, really, considering that the conference founders are France’s highest-profile high-tech couple, Geraldine and Loïc Le Meur. LeWeb ’08, the largest Web […] Read more »

Reader Grant pointed us to an unusual netbook being sold that is powered by a 400 MHz MIPS processor in place of the standard Intel Atom.  The Alpha 400 MIPS netbook runs Linux and has 1 GB of flash memory for storage and a mere 128 […] Read more »

[qi:066] Instead of trying to finish up nearly half a dozen unfinished posts, I ended up spending my entire weekend curled up with Ian Ayers’ Super Crunchers, a book that talks about how analyzing numbers can open doors to incredible insights. When you look at our […] Read more »

When you’ve got to grow a $40 billion-a-year company, sometimes there’s just no way to do it other than to capitalize on fear. In the case of Cisco’s medianet concept, defining a series of networks transporting video, launched today, the company seems to be capitalizing on […] Read more »

Here’s a fun new Facebook game app that just went live: The Mplayit Mobile Arcade, where you can play dozens of free mobile phone game demos, including top titles like Spore Origins and Guitar Hero Mobile. It’s a Facebook version of the Mpowerplayer web site, so […] Read more »

“If we are lucky, we will come out with a bill next week that nobody likes.” With those words, Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.), chair of the House Financial Services Committee, wrapped up two days of testimony from auto executives intended to be something like a truth […] Read more »

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