Stories for Jan. 9, 2009

Yesterday AMD announced that it was building a specialty supercomputer to deliver gaming through a computing cloud. Aside from the coolness of being able to play your video games on an iPhone, pause them, and pick them up at home, the news bolsters the cloud business […] Read more »

A number of different email clients are available for the Mac, but a new piece of software announced at MacWorld takes a new and different approach. Postbox is a new way to manage online communication, aiming to let you spend less time managing messages and more […] Read more »

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Throughout 2009 we’ll continue to update our ethanol deathwatch map. After all, let’s face it, this year in terms of capital drying up, is going to be a doozy. This morning, Pacific Ethanol put out an announcement that it will temporarily suspend a 40-million-gallon-per-year ethanol plant […] Read more »

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I had a chance to run through the Asus booth and it’s amazing how much focus is on the Eee PC line. Asus has a decent amount of floor space and I’d guestimate that at least half of it is devoted to netbooks. I was joking […] Read more »

Disappointed? Not me! I thought Apple’s farewell Macworld Expo keynote had plenty of substance, notwithstanding that Phil Schiller lacks Steve Jobs’ on-stage presence and charisma. Phil had an unenviable assignment, and I think he carried it off well. I’ve been astonished and saddened by a quite […] Read more »

It’s hard to ignore the massive growth of the wind industry over the past decade, but a German watchdog group says that’s just what the International Energy Agency has been doing. The IEA is an intergovernmental organization that acts as an energy policy adviser to most […] Read more »

Ah, irony. When Hollywood’s film and TV writers went “pencils down” in last year’s strike over issues like a fair rate for Internet distribution, who knew that one of the byproducts of their newfound downtime would be great online video? We got the Speechless series, we […] Read more »

Hybrid Hacking 101: A delay with the battery pack has made Toyota pull its plug-in Prius from the Detroit Auto Show. Hybrid hackers needn’t wait for battery perfection. — The Economist X Prize Baits Big 3 to Create 100 MPG Cars: Organizers of the Progressive Automotive […] Read more »

In 2008, Cisco Systems, typically one of the biggest shoppers in Silicon Valley bought only four companies, down from about 14 in 2007. In 2009, that stinginess might be coming to an end. In an interview with Barron’s Eric Savitz, Cisco CEO John Chambers noted that […] Read more »

Yahoo and Intel have been peddling this widgets-on-your-TV thing for quite a while now, but it seems they’ve finally brought a whole bunch of friends on the bandwagon. Now Samsung, Sony, LG Electronics, VIZIO, eBay, MySpace, CBS, The New York Times, Netflix, Amazon, Blockbuster, Showtime, USA […] Read more »

Remember cellulosic ethanol startup Verenium? Last we heard the company had started the commissioning phase of its cellulosic ethanol demo plant in May 2008, and it had big plans to start construction of a 30-million-gallon-per-year commercial plant in the middle of 2009. Well, a glowing story […] Read more »

News that pre-holiday sales of Sony’s PS3 console slipped year-over-year (in contrast to marked growth for the Nintendo Wii and Microsoft’s… Read more »

Today, Amazon ( s AMZN) Web Services announced a management console that illustrates how carefully Amazon is playing its role as a platform provider. The new console competes in part with products from  RightScale, Elastra (which has backing from Amazon) and Enomaly, but doesn’t crush them […] Read more »

DECE Adds Six New Members; Panasonic, Samsung, MOD Systems among those joining the digital copyright consortium, but the group still lacks Apple’s participation. (VentureBeat) Has Streamed More Than Half Billion Episodes; Anne Sweeney, co-chair, Disney Media Networks, and president, Disney-ABC Television Group says ABC and […] Read more »

I take a cautious approach to collaborative writing. It’s not that I don’t enjoy collaborating, or want very much for it to work out. it’s just that, in practice, it often doesn’t. And I’m speaking from experience. Lots of writing workshops, some blogs, personal projects, etc. […] Read more »

Laying out his plan for economic stimulus yesterday afternoon, President-elect Barack Obama called for the U.S. to double renewable energy production within three years. That’s a hefty challenge for a country playing catch-up on clean power (renewables now make up less than 10 percent of U.S. […] Read more »

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