Stories for Nov. 25, 2008

The power grid has seen little innovation in the past few decades, but lately battery companies have started to develop energy storage technologies meant to sit on the grid and help prepare the network for a buildout of renewable energy. Last week, lithium ion battery startup […] Read more »

One of the reasons I’m a die-hard laptop aficionado is that I live in a rural area where power blackouts are not uncommon. Late November usually brings at least one with the arrival of the first major winter storm. This year proved no exception, with a […] Read more »

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TiVo released its third quarter results today, and while the company reported a profit (thank you, EchoStar for that $105 million patent violation payment) the DVR maker lost 163,000 subscribers dropping the total number of subscribers to 3.46 million — the lowest it’s been since Spring of 2005. Read more »

Recently, I wrote an item on speed tests for next-generation browsers where Firefox 3.1 and Google Chrome showed particularly strong performance. In these kinds of tests, most users have been focusing on JavaScript tests, because both Firefox 3.1 and Google Chrome feature much improved JavaScript engines. […] Read more »

As you all very well know, I have little patience for Comcast and its anti-innovation policy of metered broadband. If you are like me and are looking for an option, in San Francisco you can get 18 Mbps ADSL2+ connection from, a small ISP which […] Read more »

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Those crazy folks at Dynamism have long been good buddies of ours and today they launched a new retail site that it beyond description.  Well that never stopped us before so we’ll describe it anyway.  They bill the new Gizmine site as "the world’s largest Japanese […] Read more »

Got experience doing financial analysis inside a media or entertainment company and thinking about a career change? We’d love to hear from y… Read more »

Tata Motors, India’s largest auto manufacturer and would-be maker of the ultra-cheap Nano and the electric Indica, shut down its factory in Jamshedpur today for the second time in less than a month. Set to last five days, the closure is an attempt to keep vehicles — and losses — from piling up as recession puts the brakes on demand. Read more »

Updated with Cisco Confirmation: If you want to know how bad it is going to get for all of us in Silicon Valley, just look at Cisco Systems. For first time in its history the company is going to shut down for four days at the […] Read more »

We had a fiery emissary from the cable industry, a roundtable of the biggest brains in “transmedia,” more than one spirited talk about the technology that will bring video to the living room, and the first public appearance of 15-year-old YouTube chart topper Lucas Cruikshank, aka […] Read more »

The economic downturn may be gutting the ethanol markets and souring term sheets, but here’s one silver lining: Math and science grads are turning to engineering instead of investment banking, BusinessWeek reports. Throughout the cleantech business, we’ve heard reports that many startups are finding themselves in […] Read more »

We’re written about Tactile CRM a couple of times in the past – they’re an excellent choice in the starter CRM market, for people who need some sort of customer relations management product but who don’t want to be overwhelmed by complexity. Now they’re released version […] Read more »

When I read an Inquirer piece about Microsoft launching its own branded phone with a Tegra chipset by Nvidia, it struck me that this would truly be putting lipstick on a pig. The Tegra chipset and the demos shown by Nvidia of it in action are […] Read more »

Is China gearing up to finally issue its long-awaited 3G licenses? Chinese Industry and Information Technology vice minister Xi Guohua said… Read more »

What could you do with a credit-card-sized flat, highly-efficient light bulb? Israeli startup Oree recently raised funds that will help it figure out all the applications of its LED lighting product, like LCD displays, or office environments that need discrete flat lighting sources. The company says […] Read more » Raises $750K; Innovation Ventures led this Series A1 round for the video publishing company. (Silicon Alley Insider) AT&T’s Viral Series Not So Viral; Lost in America stars iJustine, but is not attracting lots of eyeballs. (Advertising Age) Open-Source Movie Lets Fans in on the Action; […] Read more »

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