Stories for Jan. 8, 2009

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Fighting over the remote could get a lot more brutal in the years to come. At CES today, Hitachi is showing off its gesture-based television. That’s right, you use your hands — no remote required. But will this tech — essentially cameras installed in TV that […] Read more »

I’m a frequent flier to England and a longtime fan of Yelp, the gloriously verbose and opinionated user-generated review site, so this is doubly good news: Yelp now has a UK page, for finding good restaurants and other services across all the major British cities. According […] Read more »

Stories for Jan. 7, 2009

Our sister site JkOnTheRun reports on the proliferation (and large presence) of the netbooks at the CES 2009: Netbooks are still a hot ticket item and we are keeping our eyes peeled for anything new that might come along. … More models, Atom inside, 8 – […] Read more »

JibJab, the musical comedy video maker that’s branched out into customizable online greeting cards, has raised $7.5 million in Series C funding. Venice, Calif.-based JibJab has aggressively staked out a way to make money that goes beyond its regularly viral hit videos — subscriptions for “sendable,” […] Read more »

The big Microsoft keynote has come and gone, but we’re not left empty-handed. This Friday, you can pop over to the Windows 7 site and download the public beta of the leaner and meaner Windows. Pick your poison: 32- or 64-bit. Remember that Windows 7 isn’t […] Read more »

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The new year doesn’t promise to bring much in the way of good tidings for most startups, much less those with the shaky business models found in digital media. But, at the same time, online video consumption is a strengthening reality that won’t be suppressed by […] Read more »

The Rumors of Macworld’s Death Have Been Greatly Exaggerated – At least according to one blog, that is. Tom Yager at Infoworld thinks the trade show will be just fine without their darling star. In fact, he thinks the move will greatly improve the show, since […] Read more »

Cellulosic ethanol startup ZeaChem is one of the firms that has been racing to build a next-generation biofuel plant in the United States. On Wednesday, the company announced that it has raised a sizable round of funding — $34 million — to help implement that goal, […] Read more »

Maybe you were wondering how that REDFLY PC Software was actually going to look on a PC. Celio just dropped this in our Inbox, so as our sworn CES duty to you, we’re sharing it. It’s a window… in Windows… on a PC. ;) Simple but […] Read more »

Canadian telco Bell Mobility has signed a deal with the National Hockey League Players’ Association (NHLPA) and the National Hockey League (… Read more »

Federal agencies including the Department of Energy, Department of Transportation, and the Environmental Protection Agency could have saved nearly $26 billion over the last eight years had they implemented more than 13,000 recommendations from the Inspectors General. That’s the finding in a new report released yesterday […] Read more »

The iPhone’s lack of any MMS capabilities was said to be on account of the versatile and full featured email support. If it’s so simple to send photos via email, why pay extra to send them via MMS? While that is a valid argument to a […] Read more »

Data revenues are expected to double from $148 billion in 2007 to $347 billion in 2013 when they will represent about a third of mobile carr… Read more »

Nicholas Negroponte, the promoter of One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) project, says that economic hard times have hit the OLPC effort, and the group will cut its staff by half; the remaining 32 employees will take a big salary cut. The work on version 2.0 continues, […] Read more »

Renkoo, a Redwood City, Calif-based startup that is fast approaching its fourth birthday is rebooting…again. Co-founded by Adam Rifkin (CEO) and Joyce Park (CTO), the company had launched as a social planner, pitching themselves as Evite 2.0. But in 2007, the pair changed tactics and […] Read more »

Continental Airlines completed a 90-minute test flight this afternoon using biofuel derived from algae and jatropha. The twin-engine Boeing 737-800 flew out of Houston with one engine operating on a 50-50 blend of biofuels and conventional jet fuel, and the other using all conventional fuel for […] Read more »

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