Stories for Oct. 30, 2008

The Financial Times is reporting that UK ISP Orange will not use an advertising product from Phorm because of concerns about user privacy. This would make Orange the odd man out in the country. BT, Virgin Media and TalkTalk are all still on board with Phorm, […] Read more »

UPDATED: Politicians are lining up to appear alongside renewable energy projects these days — yesterday it was Republican Vice Presidential nominee Sarah Palin, and earlier this month it was California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. This morning it’s Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, who plans to officially […] Read more »

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I love it when I come across several new apps or new features on old apps that just shout out “productivity” to me. First, the latest news that I received in my inbox is that FreshBooks now has a free time tracking app for the iPhone. […] Read more »

It’s increasingly clear, at least to me, that Apple can’t afford to ignore the netbook phenomenon. Yes, I know Apple doesn’t do cheap computers and that there are markets the company chooses not to serve, but netbooks really can’t be considered just another class of laptop, […] Read more »

This week is the big PDC show that Microsoft puts on annually and the excitement has appeared all over.  Microsoft made it clear pre-show that this would be the official first look at Windows 7 and attendees would be given the alpha version of the OS […] Read more »

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The MID category can be a confusing one for sure, as it is difficult to define who the target market might be.  Most regular consumers are likely served well by a connected smartphone as MIDs don’t seem to offer more to them.  Geeks will delight in […] Read more »

Motorola continues to lose market share and more importantly money in its handset business. And the way things are going, it might never be able to spin off the division that has bled over $2.6 billion in last seven quarters with no end in sight. Read more »

I’m not ashamed to admit it. I run XP on my aluminum iMac. My girlfriend is ashamed of me and my brother won’t speak to me. All because of a 40gb hard drive partition and a start button. I did it mostly so that I could […] Read more »

This morning the CalCEF Angel Fund say it has invested in three firms — efficient-lighting startup HID Labs, biofuels company Allopartis Biotechnologies, and an undisclosed solar investment that is adapting chip manufacturing to make cheap, efficient solar cells. Read more »

We met with Jon S. von Tetzchner, the CEO of Opera software, and Tatsuki Tomita, senior VP of consumer products at Opera, yesterday and talked about the company’s mobile browser platforms, how it sizes up against the competition and where web browsers are headed. Read more »

It’s easy to read too much rational thought into a market that is as volatile as U.S. stocks are these days, but it seems First Solar has just handed the solar bulls a couple of very good reasons to be optimistic. The Tempe, Ariz.-based, maker of […] Read more »

Stories for Oct. 29, 2008

Wearing her giant polar bear pin and touring a thin-film solar plant, Republican vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin looked ready to embrace the cleantech world with a major policy speech on energy today. Alas, it was not to be. Instead, Palin delivered a speech on “energy independence” […] Read more »

Are you a video junkie who loves nothing more than stuffing iTunes with videos to watch in Front Row, Apple TV, or on your iPod? If you find yourself spending more time than you should fussing with conversion and the such, VideoDrive can get those videos […] Read more »

Earlier today, I attended the “How to manage your startup in a downturn” roundtable, organized by Matt Marshall, where seasoned venture capitalists and entrepreneurs dispensed advice on how to navigate the current downturn and be prepared for the worst. Like most of these conversations, someone on […] Read more »

For those unable to tear themselves away from their computers, the Obama campaign has uploaded tonight’s half-hour infomercial/commercial/whichever, entitled American Stories, American Solutions, to YouTube. Watch it below: Read more »

Kashless Raises $5M in Cash: We know ex-Imperium CEO Martin Tobias is working on a new “recommerce” startup called Kashless, but now we learn he’s gotten $5 million in Series A funding led by RRE Ventures – PEHub. “Sun Puts the Social in Social Responsibility”: Corporate […] Read more »

Oh wait. Zach Braff wants me to vote. Let me rescue my mail-in ballot from the recycle bin then. Sigh. The one good thing about this election almost being over is that I won’t have to sit through any more insufferable celeb-studded videos reminding me of […] Read more »

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