Stories for Dec. 3, 2008

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 »

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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 »

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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 »

T-Mobile UK is becoming the first British operator to launch ad-funded games, pushing aside the concerns that operators have had of the mode… Read more »

Netbooks are all the rage at the moment, with Asus predicting that it will sell 5 million of its Asus Eee PC netbooks by the end of this year. However, one of the tricky aspects of netbooks is that they have much more limited hardware resources […] Read more »

Of all the new portable technologies I’ve adopted over the past couple of years, USB thumb drives are near the top of my list of useful, convenient accessories. I carry one in my pocket at all times, and am constantly looking for new applications to put […] Read more »

On the heels of announcing its first U.S. electric-vehicle charging network planned for California’s Bay Area, Better Place says this afternoon that Hawaii has signed on for the second U.S. network. The governor of Hawaii, Linda Lingle, and Better Place CEO Shai Agassi plan to make […] Read more »

Our GigaOM mail is using GMail and normally everything works just fine.  I can either interact with the mail using the standard web interface or with Apple Mail under IMAP.  The iPhone can interact with the mail using IMAP too and everything is hunky-dory.  When it […] Read more »

Apple released the iTunes top-seller and best-of lists for 2008 this week, and Ask A Ninja was once again took top honors on the “Classics” Video Podcast list. On the more traditional media side, Gossip Girl was the top-selling TV season on iTunes while The Dark […] Read more »

I attended the Sustainable Industries Economic Forum in San Francisco this morning, where green jobs guru Van Jones’ opening remarks kicked off the morning with an it’s-a-great-time-to-get-down-to-work tone that was carried on during the following executive panel. While all the speakers — Kevin Surace of Serious […] Read more »

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