Stories for Oct. 20, 2008

Much is being made of the lack of FireWire in the new MacBooks. Seems like everyone’s weighed in on this topic, myself included. Even more recently, an email response to one irate customer set off more controversy. In this email, Steve Jobs himself is alleged to […] Read more »

Samplify Systems, a 2-year-old chip startup coming out of stealth mode today, has the potential to create faster data compression and simplified gadgetry for everything from wireless communications to ultrasound machines–as long as users don’t mind losing a little data. Read more »

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PermissionTV, a provider of white-label video sites that says it differentiates its service from its many competitors by making its platform more open, has let go of six employees from operations, sales and marketing. The company has replaced three of the salespeople, for a net loss […] Read more »

Google’s CEO Eric Schmidt, who recently unveiled a sweeping $4.4 trillion energy plan, will join Presidential candidate Barack Obama’s campaign trail this week to publicly back the Illinois Senator, according to the Wall Street Journal. What a good way to start off a week! I recently […] Read more »

One of the fancy terms that gets thrown around in Web 2.0 discussions is “disintermediation” – in other words, cutting out the middleman. Authonomy is a new site from Harper Collins that aims to do just that in the world of book publishing. If you’re a […] Read more »

[qi:020] Comcast, the largest cable company in the U.S., is going to boost its consumer broadband speeds — in some cases, doubling them — without raising the price, according to DSL Reports. The new offerings are likely to be made available in a few weeks. I’m […] Read more »

Last night some folks and I were hanging out, being awesome glamorous Hollywood people…by which I mean we were sitting around my computer watching Sarah Palin’s appearance on SNL. But when Mark Wahlberg appeared in the opening sketch, a friend who hadn’t seen the previous episode […] Read more »

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The recent rise in the popularity and availability of netbooks has led some wireless carriers to package the computers at significant discounts for customers who purchase subscriptions. According to a recent report by Lisa Thompson, a tech research analyst with firm JRPG, Apple may be in […] Read more »

The T-Mobile G1 phone has gotten surprisingly good marks for a first effort with a new operating system and has captured a lot of attention.  The Google-influenced Android platform has a lot of OEMs paying close attention with the obvious excitement over the G1.  Handset giant […] Read more »

Apparently not content with an entirely revamped notebook line, rumors are circulating that Apple will also introduce refreshed 20 and 24-inch iMacs before year’s end. If true, new iMacs would be in keeping with earlier rumors that they would see spec bumps alongside the introduction of […] Read more »

Today Intel Corp. said it would add HSPA functionality to its Moorsetown chips slated to hit mobile Internet devices in 2009 or 2010. Coming from a firm that has spent billions pushing WiMAX the news reads like an admission of doubt for WiMAX, but it’s really just a recognition that wireless broadband is so central to the user experience. Read more »

I love discovering things by accident. It makes me feel much more in tune with the device or operating system. So with any product I get my hands on, I immediately get to know it as well as I can. What can it do? What can’t […] Read more »

Startup Watercooler, which makes fan community applications for social networks, is now an official partner of ABC and Hulu. To score ABC content is somewhat of a coup; Watercooler joins Veoh and AOL* as the only sites with official deals with ABC, as far as we […] Read more »

The Q308 earnings season has started in earnest, and this promises to be a busy week. Watch out for:

Monday, October 20, 2008
– *Netflix*… Read more »

The mantra “if you measure it, you can manage it” is key to reducing energy consumption and carbon emissions, and using open web tools seems to be one of the best ways to do it. That’s why we were encouraged to hear that AMEE, one of […] Read more »

Stories for Oct. 19, 2008

BusinessWeek says Motorola, the beleaguered Schaumburg, Ill.-based handset maker is working on an Android OS-based phone — not that it should surprise anyone. Former CEO Ed Zander was quick to sign up for the Google-sponsored Open Handset Alliance. Sanjay Jha, who now heads up Motorola’s handset […] Read more »

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