Stories for Dec. 23, 2008

Not surprisingly, there are some latent — and blatant — Santa issues surfacing over on the Holiday Hell channel at So ol’ Saint Nick is not the jolly humanitarian his publicist would have us believe? Videos of Santa trolling the mean streets for ho ho […] Read more »

Ocean energy could have a big part to play under President-elect Barack Obama’s environmentally friendly administration, but a coalition that’s pushing for more wave and tidal power says change is needed to expand the number of projects in the U.S. Right now, there are only a […] Read more »

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Following up on our announcement last week, the Streamy Awards are now open for nominations. Feel free to submit your favorite web series (including, let’s be honest, your own) for consideration in the following categories: Overall: Best Dramatic Web Series Best Comedy Web Series Best Hosted […] Read more »

Germany’s Federal Court of Justice (Bundesgerichtshof) in Karlsruhe has ruled that a license from the country Read more »

VantagePoint Raises $435M for New Fund: VantagePoint Venture Partners, backer of cleantech poster children Better Place, Tesla Motors, and BrightSource Energy, has raised $435 million for its second fund. — Venture Beat It’s a Bird, It’s a Hybrid, It’s an Emergency Generator: A Toyota Prius powered […] Read more »

Funny or Die Raises $3 Million(?); cash comes from undisclosed investor, though news reports unsure of whether this is a new round or part of the previous $15 million round. (Reuters) ESPN to Launch Interactive TV Apps Next Year; sports network to launch three iTV initiatives, […] Read more »

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Chrysler CEO Bob Nardelli sent a letter to the automaker’s employees yesterday in which he reflects on the past year, highlighting improved fuel economy, electric vehicle plans, and votes of confidence (aka bailouts) from the U.S. and Canadian governments. There’s no mention of the company’s plans […] Read more »

Rumors of a Google Task Manager Application have been circulating for years. ZDNet speculated back in April of ’06 and again in October ’07, while we posted our own plea back in April. The Googlers responded a couple weeks ago with their launch of a Gmail […] Read more »

Christmas has come early for users of VirtualBox, a free and open source virtualization solution from Sun Microsystems. Version 2.1 is a huge upgrade to the product as it includes VT-x and AMD-V hardware virtualization support on OS X and full VMDK/VHD support — including snapshots […] Read more »

The desire to see the cheapest netbook possible is a never-ending quest for netbook geeks.  The trick is to find the cheapest netbook around without it providing too many compromises to make it useful.  That is the juggling act that the folks behind the Alpha MIPS […] Read more »

What a thrilling competition the HP Magic Giveaway has been and we’ve seen over 520 entries for a chance to win this fabulous prize package: HP TouchSmart IQ816 PC HP HDX 18 series Premium Notebook PC HP Pavilion dv4 series Entertainment Notebook PC (with Windows Live) […] Read more »

I spent some time over the Thanksgiving holiday reviewing my feeds and getting rid of the poor performers, which really helps me get more value while spending less time in my RSS reader. However, pruning is not enough. I also use quite a few filtering techniques to further reduce the clutter. My favorite filtering techniques involve Yahoo Pipes, which looks and sounds much more complicated than it is. Read more »

SolarCity, a solar installer and financier based in Foster City, Calif., has installed one of the country’s first thin-film solar projects on a residential roof. The company installed 2.4 kilowatts worth of First Solar cadmium-telluride panels on a home in San Mateo, Calif., last week, SolarCity’s […] Read more »

Mouse technology has advanced a lot over the past two decades. The Apple Lisa-derived mouse with its DE-9 connector and thumb screws that attached it securely to my first Mac, a 1988 Mac Plus, was a pretty crude piece of engineering, with an analog ball of […] Read more »

We know what would be on our X-mas list if we lived in the U.K, Ireland or Sweden: Wattson, a sleek smart energy home product from design shop DIY Kyoto. Wattson and it’s software component, Holmes, can wirelessly monitor your home’s energy consumption and enable you […] Read more »

Colorado-based biotech firm Luca Technologies has raised a $75.9 million round of Series C financing, the company confirms with us today (hat tip Venture Wire). The company, which is working with soil microbes to produce methane from coal, plans to use the funds to acquire new […] Read more »

Stories for Dec. 22, 2008

Amazing! I have been watching the spat between Google’s YouTube and Warner Music Group play out in the media — both online and in its offline variants. The bottom line of this corporate he said she said is that there are no more music videos that […] Read more »

Flash Comes to (Jailbroken) iPhones (Sometimes) – Not, probably, what most people are looking for in terms of Flash on the iPhone, but if you’ve already jailbroken, it might be worth a look. Apparently buggy, but provides more Flash than the current, non-jailbroken iPhone does, that […] Read more »

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