Stories for Oct. 26, 2008

Nearly two months ago, we penned the sad news that Air-O-Matic’s “Pull My Finger” application was denied from entry to the App Store. Pull My Finger (if you couldn’t guess) was a fart noise machine for iPhone. It was one of those times in life when […] Read more »

Here are the top stories that appeared recently on jkOnTheRun in case you missed them: jkOnTheRun video- Plantronics Pulsar 590E bluetooth headset Text messaging: great method of communication for the deaf Four million EEE PCs have been sold jkOnTheRun video- MacBook multi-touch demo iPhone sales haven’t […] Read more »

Late last week, my partners and I here at Polaris Ventures hosted a summit for all of our portfolio companies in and around the online advertising sector. In addition to the some 20 portfolio executives that attended, we brought in a handful of senior industry execs […] Read more »

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Stories for Oct. 25, 2008

Election Day is just around the corner. So in order to help you get informed about the candidates, the issues, the numbers and the process, we’ve pulled together a list of the top 10 election-related tools on the web. Enjoy — and get out there and […] Read more »

The economic turmoil continues to roil markets around the world, but it’s not clear yet what it will all mean for the developing cleantech industry. Last week we reported on layoffs and executive swaps at Tesla but the headlines this week were more positive. Better Place […] Read more »

GE Aviation and NASA are teaming up to test an “open rotor” jet engine design that puts the fan blades on the outside of the engine, which they say could reduce jet fuel consumption by more than 30 percent. GE and NASA actually designed the engine […] Read more »

We’ve written before about the importance of personal branding to freelance web workers. In these times of economic uncertainty, though, it’s a subject that’s worth revisiting. We’d all like to think that the jobs go to us because we’re the best in our fields – but […] Read more »

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As we say goodbye to the humble Mac Mini and consider giving a warm welcome to a fresh selection of iMacs, another week draws to a close. In the meantime, a handful of apps have emerged from incubation, so it’s time for The Apple Blog to […] Read more »

This week I was in Camden, Maine, attending Pop!Tech, an annual gathering of thought leaders in technology and design launched in 1996. This year Pop!Tech inaugurated a three-day bootcamp for social entrepreneurs, called the Social Innovation Fellowship Program, the latest addition to Pop!Tech’s year-old startup incubator, […] Read more »

It may indicate the much desired refresh is on the way but those who have been looking at the HP 2133 Mini-note from afar should be aware it’s now available for $299 on Amazon.  It’s showing as in stock and shipping so you can grab one […] Read more »

The first episode of Sorority Forever, the web series from TheWB.com starring former lonelygirl Jessica Rose, was seen by 1.2 million people in its first week, according to Mark D’Arcy, chief creative officer of the Time Warner global media group who spoke at WebbyConnect Conference this […] Read more »

Stories for Oct. 24, 2008

The cloud is gaining ground. Despite early hiccups, I signed up for a MobileMe account shortly after purchasing my iPhone and I haven’t looked back since. Yes, the webmail is buggy, and yes, the Push is sometimes more of a playful shove, but it still keeps […] Read more »

We’d like to say thanks to this month’s GigaNET sponsors: Volo Media: Download a free white paper on advertising insertion, measurement, targeting and campaign management for downloadable audio and video Peer1: ValuePro Managed Hosting Plan, $299/mo Ki Work: Take control of your online business Brain Keeper: […] Read more »

There are a whole lot of Windows users out there who favor Windows XP over Windows Vista. I use both operating systems, and a lot of the time I am using Windows XP. When I am, one of my favorite replacements for the built-in, clunky Windows […] Read more »

Those of you who have been working in the cloud for a while should be familiar with Box.net, an early entry into the now-crowded online storage/file sharing space. I recently had a nice chat with Community Manager Sean Lindo about what they have coming down the […] Read more »

It’s mildly entertaining to me how we all seem to get excited about apps that bring functionality to our iPhones that has existed elsewhere for ages. As an example, Shazam came to the iPhone to decipher music we didn’t know, by playing it into the microphone […] Read more »

We’ve been wondering what the former CEO of biodiesel company Imperium Renewables, Martin Tobias, was going to do next. When we interviewed the serial entrepreneur and angel investor back in May at the Future In Review Conference he said he was mulling over his options — […] Read more »

The owners of the X-rated YouTube clone PornoTube.com won’t have to bare it all in court, after all: Porn powerhouse Vivid dropped its copyright infringement lawsuit against PornoTube owner Data Conversions Inc., also known as the Adult Entertainment Broadcasting Network (AEBN), earlier this week. Read more »

Sprint (NYSE: S) will begin selling the HTC Touch Pro this Sunday for $300 after a $100 mail-in rebate. At that price point it’s at least $1… Read more »

A Suzlon wind turbine in Wyanet, Ill., had one of its 140-foot long blades break off this week (via Environmental Capital). The Indian turbine maker is still investigating this turbine failure but it appears to be related to the blade recall announced in March which requires […] Read more »

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