Stories for Nov. 20, 2008

SunRun, a startup that finances solar power for homeowners, says it has secured a tax equity commitment of around $105 million from an affiliate of US Bancorp to buy about 2,000 residential solar facilities. SunRun is one of the first companies to attempt to create a […] Read more »

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Google’s “me too” virtual world Lively will be dead by the end of the year — just six months after it launched. It was almost inevitable th… Read more »

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Here’s a pop quiz: Biofuels were A) largely responsible for the jump in food prices earlier this year, B) had very little to do with the food price sticker shock, or C) the effects of biofuels are unclear and complex. If you picked ‘C’ then you’re […] Read more »

Stories for Nov. 19, 2008

Late on Wednesday, Apple released the Apple TV 2.3 software update. This update adds a few refinements to Apple TV, but doesn’t offer any breakthrough new features. If you read my post about boxee and installed it on your Apple TV, you’ll want to wait because […] Read more »

The economy is affecting players all over the web video ecosystem, and companies both large and small. Here’s the latest carnage. Content delivery giant Akamai laid off 110 employees today, or 7 percent of its staff. The Cambridge, Mass.-based company described the layoffs as “cost-cutting measures.” […] Read more »

San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom is holding a press conference Thursday afternoon where he will discuss “the latest news” from electric vehicle infrastructure startup Better Place. Does this mean San Francisco, or even California, is going to make a deal with Shai Agassi’s company, which has […] Read more »

DirecTV-backed professional videogaming league Championship Gaming Series (CGS) has folded. Launched in January 2007, CGS started with six f… Read more »

T-Mobile is getting deeper into the photo business. The carrier is offering a new service that lets customers email pictures straight from a… Read more »

Gmail, long a favorite of the Web Worker, has seen its share of upgrades and enhancements over the years, but the overall interface has generally remained static. That’s about to change as the official Gmail Blog announced the addition of color and theme options to jazz […] Read more »

It’s the time of year when — love it or hate it — you need to start thinking about Christmas shopping. If you’re the kind of person who prefers to leave their shopping until Christmas Eve, then by all means skip on to the next post! […] Read more »

I’m a geek groupie when it comes to technology. I can’t actually produce any of these life-changing products, but I can recognize something cool when I see it. And the 100-Gigabit data transfer demo that Ciena was showing off at SC 08 in Austin, Texas, today […] Read more »

Electric Mini at the LA Auto Show: BMW has sent about 200 electric minis to the U.S., and they’re showing one off at the LA Auto Show. Someone snap a photo and send it to us! — MIT Tech Review. China’s AutoMakers Want Bailout, too: The […] Read more »

In the interests of all those readers who need to unlock their iPhone 3G’s for use on different carriers, I donned my investigative hat and tested an iPhone 3G unlock that really seems to work. While the iPhone Dev Team plunder the secrets of the mysterious […] Read more »

After a very successful debut last year, The Crunchies are returning to once again celebrate the best of entrepreneurship and new startups. With the economy being what it is, 2009 is going to be a tough year for everyone and I see events like The Crunchies […] Read more »

We’re nearing the end of the year, and now happens to be a good time to single out some of the disruptive technologies that are likely to affect web workers next year. 2009 is slated to bring a few very major connectivity technologies that have been […] Read more »

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