Stories for Nov. 6, 2008

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Google may be getting all the advantages of the Federal Communications Commission’s decision to start opening up more radio spectrum without even having to bid big at an expensive spectrum auction. The FCC’s decision earlier this week to open up white space spectrum, the slivers of […] Read more »

According to PubMatic, 70 percent of ad inventory goes unsold. The one-day AdRevenue 08 conference on Friday, November 14 in San Francisco looks at strategies and tactics for making that figure better and increasing publishers’ profitability. The schedule includes speakers from Quantcast, Redpoint, SixApart, PubMatic, NBC […] Read more »

The code for the second beta version of Mozilla’s Firefox 3.1 browser has hit new milestones and is moving closer to release, according to a blog post from Mozilla. The new version of Firefox promises to deliver a number of strong enhancements, including much improved JavaScript […] Read more »

My enthusiastic use and promotion of Growl should come as no surprise to regular readers of The Apple Blog. While some dismiss it as an annoyance reminiscent of the Windows notification popups, others — like myself – view it as a way be informed without stopping […] Read more »

Cleantech types are optimistic that an Obama presidency will usher in a new era of hopeful politics and greener energy policies, but what would it mean for the floundering ethanol industry? Critics are already afraid that President-elect Obama will continue with Bush’s so-called failed ethanol policies, […] Read more »

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It’s been a year since Google implemented YouTube’s video filtering in order to stop the upload of unauthorized clips and eventually monetize its users’ uploads. The folks over at ZDNet decided to cover the anniversary with a special 15-page report called The YouTube File (PDF available […] Read more »

Steve Ballmer, CEO of Microsoft, should just stay away from predicting the success of consumer-focused products. He was wrong about iPod and was even more wrong about Apple’s iPhone. And now he is dismissing Google’s Android Operating System and the devices (including phones) that are likely […] Read more »

The FCC decision on Tuesday that opened up a huge chunk of spectrum for broadband services is a decided victory for its proponents, but there are still many details left to figure out, including what kind of radios will be used to “tune” into the Internet. […] Read more »

A visual representation of your life’s energy consumption will probably make you feel pretty guilty — or, at least cognizant enough to make some changes in your behavior. That’s the idea behind Wattzon.com, a web site launched today by Saul Griffith, the co-founder of high altitude […] Read more »

The television-viewing experience has undergone some major changes over the past few years. TiVo made it easy to watch TV anytime. Then along came Sling Media, which made it possible to watch TV anywhere. So what’s next? I’m going to sit down with Sling CEO and […] Read more »

Ars Technica wrote an article about Macs and Blu-ray drives. That’s fine, but they did so under a misguided premise:  In the third quarter earnings call in July, Apple warned investors about an upcoming product transition that would eat away at the company’s cushy margins. However, in the intermediate, no new or […] Read more »

Solar startup Blue Square Energy tells us it’s looking to raise $25 million for its cells which use low-quality, or “upgraded metallurgical grade” (UMG), silicon. By using UMG silicon the company says it can make high-efficiency cells 30 percent cheaper than traditional silicon alternatives. Read more »

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