Stories for Oct. 27, 2008

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 »

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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 »

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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 »

Stories for Oct. 26, 2008

The credit crisis is resulting in slowdown in technology sales, according to the Wall Street Journal. This credit crunch is a much bigger problem than most people in technology realize. Technology financing is estimated to top $88 billion or about 14 percent of the total amount […] Read more »

The live video-streaming boxing match enters a new round today with Qik counter-punching an alpha for select BlackBerry handsets. Those of us sitting ringside saw a similar function land a right-hook on the BlackBerry Pearl and Curve through software from Next2Friends. Any corner manager worth their […] Read more »

The editorial/community game site Crispy Gamer, which has been in development over the past few months with $8.25 million in funding from Constellation Ventures and already boasts a million unique monthly visitors, is coming out of beta today. Read more »

Chipmakers are starting to come out with low-power offerings that, while they won’t all keep your iPhone running longer, could play a role in boosting the efficiency of a growing number of new devices. Read more »

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