Stories for Nov. 10, 2008

It is no secret that I love Twitter. I have to admit that besides email, Twitter is my most important communications tool, particularly for my business but not exclusively so. The more I see where social media and online communications is going, the more I realize how Twitter has transformed the landscape in both big and subtle ways. Read more »

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Matt Miller touches more phones than all the rest of us combined and his latest playtime involves the Blackberry Bold.  I had a chance to play with Matt’s Bold at Kevin’s wedding this weekend and I was impressed with the Bold.  It struck me as the […] Read more »

Folks using older notebooks surely have integrated WiFi, but it’s likely that the wireless support is for 802.11b or g flavors. These days, there are plenty of 802.11n routers that typically offer higher transfer speeds and a wider coverage range, but you won’t see the benefit […] Read more »

Someone with a formidable knowledge of iPhone hardware has managed to attach a working external keyboard to his 3G iPhone. For those inclined, there are some technical explanations here and here, though the translation renders them difficult to understand. It would appear that at present this […] Read more »

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During the Olympics, the iPlayer accounted for nearly 20 percent of the total broadband traffic in the UK, and at present has garnered about 10 percent of the total UK broadband audience. That number is likely to rise with the release of the iPlayer for the Mac, which is due out this month. Read more »

Updated with information about Nortel cuts: Big job cuts are not just for startups. The grim reaper has started to take its tool on the telecom ecosystem. We have already reported about the job cuts at Nokia (600) and Motorola (3,000) and Nortel is likely to […] Read more »

One True Media, provider of personal video products and small business ad creation tools, has raised $8 million of a $10 million second round of funding, according to a regulatory filing. Read more »

According to The NPD Group, the leader in market research for the wireless industry, the iPhone 3G surpassed the Motorola RAZR as the leading handset purchased by US adult consumers in the third quarter of 2008. The RAZR had been ranked as the top-selling consumer handset […] Read more »

Kevin Tofel, co-editor of jkOnTheRun, which joined our little family when he and James merged their wonderful community with ours, married his long-time sweetheart, Barb, this past weekend. Of course, like any blogger worth his social network, the wedding festivities were shared on Facebook, Twitter and […] Read more »

There’s a new application in town for those who want a simple approach to maintaining their appointments: Deadline. They boast of being “the simplest calendar ever made,” though a variety of features are already in place or being planned. After signing up for a free account, […] Read more »

Hot on the heels of AT&T’s purchase of the Wayport WiFi network, Boingo Wireless makes an acquisition of their own. Today the largest operator of airport WiFi networks in North America adds 25 more locations, bringing their total up to 55 airports, with the purchase of […] Read more »

Conde Nast Selects Brightcove; publishing company will initially use the video platform for content on,,, and (release) AT&T Launches Video Search Site; beta version of VideoCrawler, co-developed with Divvio, out now (we weren’t impressed with early version). (CNET) HoneyShed Needs to […] Read more »

Retailers must hate it when their low-priced Black Friday shopping deals get sniffed out. After all, if you knew a product you were about to purchase might be far cheaper in a few short weeks, might you consider putting the purchase off? I likely would unless […] Read more »

Second Rotation, a startup whose online service Gazelle offers a Netflix-style gadget buyback program, said today that it has raised $6 million in second round funds. Gazelle offers cold, hard cash for your old, janky gizmos by selling them on eBay. Read more »

Apple’s 3G iPhone was the best-selling handset in the U.S. during the third quarter of 2008, according to data compiled by The NPD Group. Apple had previously reported that it sold about 6.89 million iPhones (3G) in the quarter. The research group identifies Apple’s new device […] Read more »

Sun Microsystems plans to lay off about 350 employees in January. The computer systems maker said in a WARN letter that it would lay off 352 people between January 5 and January 25 across the U.S. citing a “need to reduce overall spending in its fiscal year 2009.” Read more »

Swedish electric utility Vattenfall said today that it has acquired what will be one of the largest offshore wind farm in Britain, the Thanet Offshore Wind project, for 35 million pounds ($55 million). Read more »

There’s no shortage of applications from the App Store that allow iPhone users to let their inner musician come out and play. We’ve got guitars, pianos, and synthesizers galore to choose from. But an important detail to point out about these iPhone applications is that each […] Read more »

Boingo Networks, a Wi-Fi hotspot network, said today that it bought Opti-Fi Networks from Parsons Transportation Group and ARINC. Opti-Fi builds and manages Wi-Fi networks for 25 North American airports. Read more »

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