Stories for Jan. 9, 2009

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 »

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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 »

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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 »

Here I thought the Slacker folks were all done at CES, since they outed their free edition for BlackBerry devices yesterday. Nope, they’ve got another platform in the works, although it’s not available just yet. Dave Zatz cajoled the Slacker team to open up their loose […] Read more »

Wind energy company Ecotricity has launched an investigation into what caused blades to spontaneously snap off one of its wind turbines in Lincolnshire, England, last weekend. UK health and safety inspectors say a collision did not occur, and Ecotricity says it has not ruled anything out. […] Read more »

Skype, which has a long standing relationship with Boingo, is making it simpler (and easier) to get access to Boingo hotspots around the world. It announced a new plan that allows Skype users to pay for Boingo Wi-Fi hotspots using Skype Credit. The feature is called […] Read more »

There was so much NewTeeVee-related news coming out of CES yesterday that this item slipped under the radar. Mobile TV got a potentially big boost this week as the Open Mobile Video Coalition (OMVC) announced that a first wave of broadcasters has committed to launching mobile […] Read more »

Admittedly, not everyone needs a Mac-based application to manage pictures taken by a microscope. If you’re a scientist, though, you probably won’t find an app that’s as useful and well-designed as Macnification. More than just an image organizer, this app lets users edit and analyze pictures […] Read more »

When I first heard of GetSatisfaction, I started using it as a repository for my rants about bad customer service and software or Web apps issues for companies and their products. I liked the premise of GetSatisfaction – dialogue with other customers who may be experiencing […] Read more »

[qi:032] President-elect Barack Obama is asking Congress to delay the transition that will force the nation’s TV broadcasts to switch from analog to digital signals. Depending on how long the delay is, it could affect the deployment of several services destined for the spectrum currently occupied […] Read more »

Intel solar spinoff SpectraWatt has put its plans to build a factory in Hillsboro, Ore., on hold after being unable to get enough financing, The Oregonian reported this week. CEO Andrew Wilson told the newspaper that SpectraWatt is searching for an existing building that it could […] Read more »

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