Stories for Dec. 3, 2008

Chromatin, a company that uses genetics to enhance crops, announced today that it raised $12.4 million in funding and plans to use the new cash to enter the biofuel feedstock industry. This is the third round of financing for Chicago-based Chromatin, which pulled in the cash […] Read more »

I have a love/hate relationship with the $2.99 Quordy. While probably one of the better, if not the best, word related puzzle game, and the most addictive game I’ve played thus far, it is a bit frustrating when for me to complete a round only to […] Read more »

Microsoft Data Center Chief Mike Manos posted a blog entry yesterday on the company’s vision for next generation data centers. The blog post (and the accompanying animated video) has extensive details on how Microsoft envisions building the data center of the future — and it definitely […] Read more »

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When our desire to connect and communicate with one another crashed headlong in to the digital behemoth that is the Internet, we ended up with Twitter: a true 21st Century social phenomenon. Like a chimerical parrot, each head squawking a different one-liner, Twitter can seem odd […] Read more »

Do not be fooled by either its name or the cutesy screen shots, Smiles is as serious about casual gaming as it is colorful and adorning. Smiles is, at its core, a tile matching game. However, with two modes, Zen and Drop, it manages to differentiate itself […] Read more »

UPDATED In the interest of avoiding another Jetgate, Detroit’s Big Three auto executives are leaving their leased corporate aircraft on the ground this week. All three will drive to Washington, D.C. to present “viability plans” as part of their second bailout plea. Ford CEO Alan Mulally […] Read more »

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Lumen is a deceptively involving game. The premise makes it appear simple: use mirrors and colored filters to guide a laser beam through checkpoints with the appropriate color to win. However, you will quickly find yourself double and triple guessing your moves when you’ve realized that […] Read more »

Last week, the folks from EdgeRift released an update to their iPhone app, FastCall. Now, there are many apps for the iPhone that enable a faster form of dialing, but FastCall takes a different approach. For those who are used to how the Palm OS and […] Read more »

Japan’s second largest wireless carrier, KDDI, has taken the plunge into the Long Term Evolution (LTE) standard, by building an LTE overlay on top of its existing CDMA network. KDDI is using equipment from Nortel and Hitachi for the fourth-generation wireless network, which will be operating […] Read more »

Press release speaks for itself: Merry Christmas Steve, from Everyone at GetJar Networks LONDON, December 3, 2008: GetJar Networks, the world’s most popular mobile application distribution and developer community, today thanked everyone in Apple’s marketing department for helping to put mobile applications on the map. Ilja […] Read more »

Electric car startup Tesla Motors claims that all it needs to begin construction on a manufacturing plant in San Jose, Calif., is a $200 million loan guarantee from the federal government. CEO Elon Musk has described the loan guarantee as a “when, not an if,” adding […] Read more »

Stories for Dec. 2, 2008

Updated with correction: A few months ago, Sequoia Capital doused the ever-ebullient Silicon Valley with a bucket of ice cold reality when it laid “good times” to rest. Today, one of Sequoia’s all-time stars laid a big wreath on that grave in the pages of The […] Read more »

Sweden’s Chemrec, which is working on gasification technology to turn the byproduct from paper and pulp mills into biofuels and biochemicals, says it has raised $20 million to bring its technology to commercialization. The Series C round was led by Environmental Technologies Fund and included existing […] Read more »

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