Stories for Oct. 27, 2008

With a flurry of announcements in recent weeks, Amazon has extended its cloud computing lead. The beta label’s gone. It can run Windows applications. By investing in firms like Elastra, it’s tackling enterprise deployment. And there’s a 99.95 percent uptime guarantee. Much of this is a […] Read more »

San Francisco-based startup Identity Commerce is launching a private beta version of its site Vanno, which features a company reputation index where users can submit news stories and vote on the reputation of companies, including aspects like environmental impact and social responsibility. Read more »

Oh those crazy analysts. Always making predictions and playing fast and loose with our emotions. Consider, for instance, the latest tidbit from Needham Research’s Charlie Wolf. According to Wolf, it is well within Apple’s power to offer the 8GB iPhone at the very attractive price point […] Read more »

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This story is developing. We’ll get you more information soon. Update 1: Revision3 has made layoffs, canceled some of its original shows, and discontinued its two new distribution agreements. The online video studio will no longer make Pixel Perfect, PopSiren, and Internet Superstar (the latter two […] Read more »

We’ve looked at a couple of utilities designed to help teams spread across timezones stay on track, including the FoxClocks addon to Firefox and the EasyTZ site. A new approach, Permatime, offers a new way to check what time it is everywhere – and to represent […] Read more »

US-ordered G1’s have been “pouring into China” illegally since it was released in the US on October 26 through T-Mobile, reports Pacific Ep… Read more »

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If you’re planning to vote in person this election, you’d better get familiar with regulations in your state around bringing camera cell phones and other recording devices into the polling area. Some state election statutes expressly prohibit using cameras or other recording devices within a short […] Read more »

contentNext, publishers of, are offering GigaOM readers discount access to three upcoming events: Save $100 on The Future of Business Media: The second annual conference, held on Oct. 28 in New York, will focus on the future of the business and trade media industry, and […] Read more »

BrightSource, a solar startup that is looking to build some of the first massive solar projects in the California desert, is facing a possible regulatory delay and has been attending hearings on how to streamline the approval process. The Associated Press noted the delay citing state […] Read more »

Check out our list of 9 iPhone apps for your car-related needs. Each app links to a full review, so you can get more information on the features and cost of each app. Enjoy! Fuel Consumption / Efficiency: AccuFuel Maybe you’re into hypermiling, or maybe you’re […] Read more »

Comedy Central Orders Secret Girlfriend Pilot; Freemantle Media’s first-person web show features hot girls talking to the camera; pilot will run just 11 minutes. (Broadcasting & Cable) CenturyTel to Buy Sprint Spin-off Embarq; deal worth $11.6 billion, combined company would have 400,000 video subscribers. (DSLReports) TV […] Read more »

Media firm Aegis Group continues its international acquisition streak with the purchase of Malaysian digital ad agency IF. Terms of the deal… Read more »

The UK Department for Transport announced today that, as part of the country’s plan to reduce emissions, the government will be putting £100 million ($155 million) into electric car research, development and deployment. Read more »

Kids posting videos of fights they get into is nothing new to YouTube, but evidently the problem has gotten to the point where the video sharing site is changing its flagging language to try and stem the tide. The YouTube Blog has a post up this […] Read more »

When Bill Gates mentioned in January, rather arbitrarily, that Windows 7 may ship “next year”, a general consensus was that a more reasonable delivery would be 2010. With that in mind, many expected it would then “slip” to 2011, as Microsoft’s deadlines are known to do. I was, […] Read more »

Truphone, the service that allows you to make cheap long distance phone calls using VoIP technology on a mobile phone, is now available to users of BlackBerry devices as a beta offering. This product is called Truphone Anywhere for Blackberry. London-based Truphone’s service, which typically uses […] Read more »

This news is a few days old, but for folks lusting after an Amazon Kindle, it’s worth the mention. Oprah Winfrey featured the Kindle on Friday’s episode, which is the one where she shares her favorite things. Although I didn’t watch the show this year, it’s […] Read more »

After a few weeks of seeking a suitor, Embarq, the landline unit spun off from Sprint in 2006, has enticed CenturyTel into paying $5.8 billion in stock, and assuming $5.8 billion in debt for the nation’s fourth largest local exchange carrier. Read more »

Italian operator 3 Italia and Sony (NYSE: SNE) Ericsson (NSDQ: ERIC) are introducing a YouTube phone this week–the W595–which will allow u… Read more »

Dell first launched the Mini 9 netbook to much fanfare as the computer making giant was lending credence that the netbook category was not to be ignored.  The Mini 9 was a typical configuration for the netbook class with a 9-inch screen and Atom processor like […] Read more »

It seems that Netflix is finally making good on their long standing promise that the much lauded “Watch Instantly” would be coming to the Mac. Utilizing Microsoft’s Silverlight (with Play Ready DRM), Netflix will be able to provide their vast library of movies and TV shows […] Read more »

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