Stories for Nov. 14, 2008

NanoMas Technologies, a startup that is developing inks containing silver nanoparticles for solar and other applications, has caught the attention of Germany’s BASF, one of the world’s largest chemical companies. BASF’s venture capital arm led a $3.2 million round of funding, contributing $1.5 million (hat tip […] Read more »

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Sometimes Outlook is a necessary evil. Personally I prefer Thunderbird if I’m going to be using a desktop client, because it’s less cluttered, not to mention free. Still, when I’m at the office working as a contractor for a professional services firm, Outlook 2007 on Windows […] Read more »

iPhone apps might some day be the gold mine for advertising.  In the meanwhile, we are seeing the emergence of a new trend: iPhone apps as ads. Hollywood studios are the first ones to react and using free applications to promote its movies. We are totally loving […] Read more »

A couple weeks back, Weldon posted a great round up of iPhone Apps for your car. In it, he covered Car Care and AccuFuel, which handle car maintenance and fuel efficiency tracking, respectively. Well this week brings us Gas Cubby from the folks at App Cubby […] Read more »

I’ve run across yet another survey that claims to demonstrate “small businesses are rapidly cutting overhead costs to adjust to the new reality of a slowing economy.” Among other findings in this survey: 75% of small businesses negatively impacted by the current economy 72% are reducing […] Read more »

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Expectations are mounting that a Google iPhone app will drop later today, bringing with it a minor revolution in how we conduct web searches. While it’s unclear whether this will be a new app or an update to the exiting Google iPhone application, it will support […] Read more »

You are what you wear and you can draw your own conclusions about what that might be if you’re spotted running around town with the e-Volve Nylon Gadget Shoulder Holster.  It has pockets and zippers and will make sure you get a long hard stare from […] Read more »

As I’m writing this post, I’m in a small hut in the jungles of Bohol, a small island in the Philippines. The past week has been part of an experiment for me, trying to see how far I can take this digital nomad thing. Here’s the […] Read more »

Have you ever called into a business’s directory from a BlackBerry and been asked to enter the person’s last name? But BlackBerry has a QWERTY keyboard and the Automated Attendant is looking to see 2 for “A, B or C”, 3 for “D, E or F”, […] Read more »

When Intel announced their Atom CPU, they envisioned it wouldn’t just power computers, but would also be dropped into a cornucopia of smart devices. I’ve been wondering when we would see that happen. Looks like I didn’t have to wait too long. This morning I noticed […] Read more »

If President-elect Obama is serious about bailing out Detroit and also serious about his campaign goal of putting 1 million domestically produced plug-in electric hybrids on the road by 2015, execs like Bob Lutz, GM’s vice chairman, have no place in tomorrow’s Detroit — at least […] Read more »

We’re all familiar with junkware, crapware, whatever you want to call it on PCs.  This consists of trial versions of programs that are limited unless you buy the full version, or full versions of programs you don’t want.  OEMs get paid by these companies to include […] Read more »

Yesterday, Apple released Safari 3.2 for both Windows and Mac (Tiger and Leopard). As usual, Apple’s normal update announcements are a little short on details. This update is recommended for all Safari users and features protection from fraudulent phishing websites and better identification of online businesses. […] Read more »

Updated: Adeo Ressi, the serial entrepreneur behind the venture-capital rating site TheFunded, has been getting a lot of attention for a presentation he gave at Harvard Business School in which he argued that the VC industry is “broken.” His central point is that there are simply […] Read more »

Clean Energy Fuels, the natural gas vehicle distribution company of which T. Boone Pickens is a director and largest shareholder, finished raising $32.5 million in a combination of sold shares and warrants, Andrew Littlefair, CEO and President of Clean Energy Fuels, told us this week. The […] Read more »

“The Daily Show With Jon Stewart” seems to be the place to be if you want to pitch your grand energy idea. Author and energy technology evangelist Thomas Friedman was the guest on Tuesday, and last night T. Boone Pickens pitched his Pickens Plan on the […] Read more »

Stories for Nov. 13, 2008

The battle for 4G supremacy is now down to two technologies. After floundering, Qualcomm (NSDQ: QCOM) has officially abandoned the developme… Read more »

Connecticut Gov. M. Jodi Rell announced that Connecticut has launched a $9 million fund to make investments in seed and early-stage companies, focusing on renewable energy, energy efficiency, environmental remediation and clean water. Read more »

This week’s $250 million funding for vacation home rental listing company HomeAway Inc. was the largest web-related venture capital investment since the bubble days at the turn of the millennium. But it also contained a provision that signals how the lack of venture exits may be […] Read more »

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