Stories for Nov. 19, 2008

Meraki, the Google and Sequoia-backed startup that focuses on citywide Wi-Fi networks, hasn’t let the demise of municipal Wi-Fi halt its efforts to make money or make the wireless network technology available in more places. It has scaled back considerably on its visions of open source, […] Read more »

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Corn-based ethanol has been crashing with the economy, but the prospects for cellulosic ethanol seem a little brighter — SunEthanol, based in Hadley, Mass., says it’s pulled in $25 million in a Series B round, and changed its name to boot. Now known as Qteros, after […] Read more »

We knew we weren’t going to have to wait too long for Snow Leopard (10.6) to make its appearance on store shelves, but according to MacRumors, things just got a little more specific courtesy of a slide from a conference presentation. Apple’s Director of Engineering for […] Read more »

Now that Yahoo co-founder and CEO Jerry Yang has finally stepped aside, removing what many saw as one of the main barriers to bringing the two companies together, Microsoft should re-ignite acquisition talks with the company. But that’s not the only reason. There are plenty of […] Read more »

If at first you don’t succeed… After a failed first attempt, video search company Blinkx announced today that is once again making an offer to buy pay-per-click ad company MIVA. Read more »

Now before you go and get yourself tied up in knots over that title let me state that I love tethering and find it very useful.  That’s why I was quite surprised and taken aback by an article posted by Mike Elgan recently on Computerworld that […] Read more »

[qi:009] A report prepared for The Broadband Forum by research firm Point Topic and released today says that there are now 400 million broadband subscribers worldwide. In 1998, there were only 57,200 subscribers — that’s growth of nearly 600,000 percent. I was there — chronicling the […] Read more »

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[qi:012] Updated: Katie over on Earth2Tech just tipped me off to President-elect Barack Obama’s CTO web site a web site dedicated to President-elect Obama’s pick for CTO. This site was set up by a company called Front Seat using the free version of User Voice’s social […] Read more »

Quantance, a San Mateo, Calif.-based chip firm, has raised a $12 million second round of funding to build a component part that will make cell phone data reception better by boosting the signal the phone sends to the base station. Read more »

President-Elect Barack Obama reaffirmed his commitment to addressing climate change this week, asserting that “few challenges facing America – and the world – are more urgent.” But the speech was notable for skirting that other urgent challenge facing the world: its tanking economy. Read more »

[qi:046] KPN and FTTH operator Reggefiber say theyare planning to roll out a fiber-to-the-home network that could cost as much as 7 billion euros. The network might take up to seven years to build out and is going to cover pretty much every part of the […] Read more »

Who says corporate blogs can’t be informative? Sometimes what is deemed worthy of a blog post can speak volumes about the companies publishing them. Let’s look at two companies and their posts. Both employ a lot of U.S. autoworkers. One of them is seeking a massive […] Read more »

Stories for Nov. 18, 2008

[qi:032] Dave Winer wrote a poignant post this week about President-elect Barack Obama’s interview on “60 Minutes,” prompting me to actually go to the CBS web site in search of the most-watched “60 Minutes” episode…ever. It was hard to find the video on CBS.com, and only after […] Read more »

I’m intrigued by the idea of personal supercomputers such as the Cray CX1, which was unveiled earlier this year, as well as the Dell Workstation that was given a teraflop boost using an Nvidia Telsa card. So I jumped at the chance to chat with SiCortex, […] Read more »

Although I prefer and primarily use Gmail for the majority of my email needs, I do connect it via IMAP to Microsoft Outlook as well. And while there are many options available to extend the functionality of Microsoft Outlook including taglocity and Clear Context, Xobni is […] Read more »

J.P. Morgan analyst Christopher Blansett created some buzz in the solar sector Monday with a note urging investors to make a “flight to safety” — noting that companies will have to weather “reduced solar subsidies next year, higher solar system borrowing costs and increasing competition at […] Read more »

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