Stories for Dec. 8, 2008

Only in France would the theme of a tech conference be “love,” but we wouldn’t have it any other way, would we? It’s not surprising, really, considering that the conference founders are France’s highest-profile high-tech couple, Geraldine and Loïc Le Meur. LeWeb ’08, the largest Web […] Read more »

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Reader Grant pointed us to an unusual netbook being sold that is powered by a 400 MHz MIPS processor in place of the standard Intel Atom.  The Alpha 400 MIPS netbook runs Linux and has 1 GB of flash memory for storage and a mere 128 […] Read more »

[qi:066] Instead of trying to finish up nearly half a dozen unfinished posts, I ended up spending my entire weekend curled up with Ian Ayers’ Super Crunchers, a book that talks about how analyzing numbers can open doors to incredible insights. When you look at our […] Read more »

When you’ve got to grow a $40 billion-a-year company, sometimes there’s just no way to do it other than to capitalize on fear. In the case of Cisco’s medianet concept, defining a series of networks transporting video, launched today, the company seems to be capitalizing on […] Read more »

Here’s a fun new Facebook game app that just went live: The Mplayit Mobile Arcade, where you can play dozens of free mobile phone game demos, including top titles like Spore Origins and Guitar Hero Mobile. It’s a Facebook version of the Mpowerplayer web site, so […] Read more »

“If we are lucky, we will come out with a bill next week that nobody likes.” With those words, Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.), chair of the House Financial Services Committee, wrapped up two days of testimony from auto executives intended to be something like a truth […] Read more »

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IBM and researchers from Harvard University launched a joint effort today to identify more efficient and lower-cost solar cell materials using distributed computing. Leveraging small amounts of computing power from potentially hundreds of thousands of personal computers, this latest addition to the company’s World Community Grid […] Read more »

[qi:006] In response to a post by Steve Hodson, “Is Social Media Becoming a Social Mess?,” Elliot Ng said something that resonated with me deeply, even more than the valid question being asked by the original post. “My problem with social media is that it is […] Read more »

Stories for Dec. 7, 2008

Over the next two years, virtually every major car company is promising to deliver their version of an electric vehicle. That means car makers are increasing their efforts to push forward standards that will specify how vehicles are charged by the power grid, what the plug […] Read more »

Venture capitalists seemed to be taking a break from battery funding last month, but investment in Infinite Power Solutions last week could indicate the pause might be over. The Littleton, Colo.-based thin-film battery manufacturer announced last Wednesday that it had raised $13 million in its second […] Read more »

With economic conditions slowing project financing, cellulosic-ethanol startup Coskata‘s commercial plant might get pushed back a bit, Chief Marketing Officer and VP Wes Bolsen tells us. The company said in January it had expected to break ground on the plant — planned to make 50 million […] Read more »

The slumping economy will make the going tougher for companies like Cisco Systems and Dell, mostly because failed companies and closing offices will lead to the dumping of servers, switches, routers and such gear on the gray market. The gray market equipment sales could account for […] Read more »

Another week, another dollar.  Or whatever they say.  It’s been a busy week in the mobile tech world and we covered it all for your education, or at least your entertainment.  Here are the top stories of the week in case you missed them: MobileTechRoundup 155: […] Read more »

We’ve been so very busy but it’s important to take time to remind you that various sites have contests underway for the HP Magic Giveaway.  Our contest will kick off on December 16 but right now you can enter the contests underway at these participating sites: […] Read more »

Last week, Stacey came up with five reasons to consider prepaid mobile phone calling plans, especially in these tough economic times. Some wondered why we wrote about that topic, and to them we say: look at the recent trends. There is growing body of evidence that […] Read more »

I have some friends (mac-using friends) who are gaga over some of the new commercials they’ve seen of touch screen Windows-capable machines — namely the HP TouchSmart PCs. On one level I understand — that stuff looks cool! But I quickly come back and think, realistically […] Read more »

Stories for Dec. 6, 2008

Speaking today in his weekly radio address, President-elect Barack Obama listed upgrades to the information superhighway as one of the essentials of his economic recovery plan. Decrying our nation’s rank as 15th when it comes to broadband adoption (he’s using OCED numbers), Obama seems willing to […] Read more »

If you are planning on getting started in developing for the Mac, one of the first things I recommend setting up is a version control system. Beanstalk is a hosted Subversion system, so you can access your code from anywhere you have an Internet connection, team […] Read more »

As we speed down the information superhighway, we’re left with a few moments to glance in to our rear-view mirror and see the week that was fade in the distance. And what a week it has been, with TAB pointing out AT&T’s 12,000 redundancies and apparent […] Read more »

Listening to most executives talk is a hard thing to do for more than two minutes at a time. There’s so much verbal obfuscation it starts to resemble a game of how to use the most words to say the least, leading to achievements like JetBlue […] Read more »

We’ve read a few articles lately claiming that survival is not a strategy. The arguments in Anand Rajaraman’s article on GigaOM last month are sound, and if we understand them correctly include not prolonging a business that will never likely “win” or be healthy or have […] Read more »

I often keep in touch with companies I write about, and occasionally there is news which amounts to continuation of my original post, and is worth sharing. Hope you guys are having a great weekend. FanSnap, a vertical search engine for live event tickets secured $5.5 […] Read more »

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