Stories for Jan. 22, 2009

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For quite a while (heck, pretty much forever), the knock on Apple has been that it’s overpriced, that the same thing can be had for much less elsewhere. A much more recent complaint is that somehow Apple never gets any critical reviews, it’s all just shoddy […] Read more »

In a rare change of pace, this piece will deal with software you actually download and install on your computer, instead of a web or cloud-based solution. The tool is Collanos Workplace, and it allows you to set up different Workplaces (note the key difference in […] Read more »

Nielsen reported today that more than 6.5 million U.S. households (5.7 percent) are not ready for the national switch to digital TV that is less than one month away. These latest numbers mark an improvement of 1.3 million homes from Nielsen’s December report on DTV readiness. […] Read more »

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Hidden in an obscure section of the economic stimulus plan that the U.S. House of Representatives is set to consider next week is a provision that could provide the refundability that has been at the top of the clean-energy industry’s wish list. If it becomes law, […] Read more »

The nation’s largest cable provider is taking a page from Verizon and offering an online backup drive and limited file-sharing, according to DSL Reports. According to the report, the Comcast backup service will offer several storage options: 10GB worth for $4.99 a month, or $49.99 per […] Read more »

Instead of shoveling coal into the furnace, Ontario wants to go big with biomass. The province’s four coal-fired power plants are set to be phased out by 2014, but why let those plants go to waste when they could keep on working, but with lower emissions? […] Read more »

We received word that an Israeli company called Innovid is “coming out of stealth mode” today. That expression strikes us a little strange considering there seems to be plenty of coverage on what the company does, and the company has presented at IAB, tech industry, and […] Read more »

TPI Composites Inc., which makes light-weight wind turbine blades that it claims are more durable and more efficient than conventional blades, on Thursday announced it had raised $20 million in its second round of funding. Investors in the convertible preferred equity financing round, announced at the […] Read more »

Consumer electronics giant Sony today announced that it would report a record loss of almost $3 billion, as the company said it was slammed by the economic downturn. This is the first net loss for the company in 14 years. As part of a cost cutting […] Read more »

Following in the footsteps of LG and Sony Ericsson, Nokia today reported a poor performance for the fourth quarter of 2008, for which it blamed the global economic downturn. Handset sales during the latest three-month period were 113.1 million, down 15.3 percent from the fourth quarter […] Read more »

Indian auto giant Tata Motors plans to throw an additional $435 million at production of its Tata Nano, the compact car unveiled in prototype last year with the promise of a price tag low enough to revolutionize transportation in emerging markets. With a lightweight design and […] Read more »

Chemical giant BASF and a small specialty chemicals company in Skokie, Ill., called Polyera Corp. have come up with a new type of semiconductor ink they plan to market under the name ActivInk. The ink is based on a new molecule that allows printed ink to […] Read more »

Cree shares rallied 14 percent to $18.76 Wednesday after a positive earnings report just as cleantech investors are sifting through numbers to separate the strong from the weak. Demand from consumer and automotive products may be down, but government spending in China and possibly the U.S. […] Read more »

Veoh is mounting its pitch to be a video discovery tool for the web with the release today of its Veoh Video Compass, a plug-in that surfaces relevant videos as users navigate other web sites. What’s interesting is how radically different offering this tool is from […] Read more »

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