Stories for Nov. 6, 2008

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 »

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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, 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 »

There has been a huge amount of speculation about whether Apple would release a laptop with a trackpad resembling an iPhone or iPod touch screen. While this always seemed unlikely, there’s no doubt that the iPhone has the perfect sized screen to function as an (albeit […] Read more »

We got a reader tip over the weekend on Verizon Wireless femtocells (thanks, Pereira!) and sure enough, news has been trickling out since then and the units have gone through the FCC. Contrary to popular belief, femtocells aren’t molecular building blocks for fembots, they’re essentially miniature […] Read more »

YouTube will start streaming ad-supported feature films from “at least one of the biggest Hollywood movie studios,” according to a report from CNET this morning. The videos could hit the site in the next 1-3 months. The CNET story falls in line with the vibe we’ve […] Read more »

Google Employees Could Stand Trial in Italy; charges of defamation and failure to exercise control over personal data expected to be brought against four employees in relation to a clip posted to Google Video of a disabled teen being bullied. (PC World) Study: TV Ads Should […] Read more »

Chinese thin-film solar developer ENN Solar is bringing in international funding for its first manufacturing plant. The International Finance Corp (IFC), which is part of the World Bank and invests in developing countries, announced yesterday that it will arrange for up to $136 million in financing […] Read more »

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