Stories for Nov. 3, 2008

Word has come out that Dash Navigation today laid off 2/3 of their staff (50 employees) and are ending their affair with the hardware GPS units they developed.  They intend to continue offering their software services to businesses going forward.  Dash is the unit that has […] Read more »

On the eve of election day, the debate on clean coal vs. no coal has reared its head again, injecting back into the campaign anxiety over what a cap-and-trade program will mean for America’s huge coal industry. Republican vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin, campaigning along the Ohio-West […] Read more »

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Following in the footsteps of Time Warner Cable, Frontier Communications and several U.K internet service providers, AT&T appears close to unveiling a tiered broadband service in Reno Nevada, sometime in November. According to a Friday filing with the Federal Communication Commission, AT&T executives met with the legal adviser to FCC Chairman Kevin Martin to discuss “usage based pricing” as a form of network management. Read more »

Had you noticed that Sonic Lighter (by Smule) was recently updated to be relevant to the pending presidential election? That’s right — a simple, silly, virtual lighter, now has the capability to give you first hand political polling results from around the world, for the two […] Read more »

wo industry analyst firms issued revised semiconductor sales forecasts today that illustrate the poor economy’s affect on the semiconductor value chain, with one from Gartner shaving $25.5 billion off sales of chips in the coming year. That’s gonna sting, even when the revised total is still $$282.2 billion in sales for 2009. The other was a report from IDC will lower its PC-chip shipment forecast for next year. Read more »

Spot Runner called us this morning to say it is laying off 115 employees, or about 30 percent of its workforce. The Los Angeles-based company is refocusing its business on being a technology platform for video advertising — both on TV and online — and cutting […] Read more »

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There is no shortage of small team wiki and collaboration platforms available to us as Web Workers, and we’ve certainly covered our share of them here. While feature sets and functionality certainly vary between products and services, it seems that most systems assume that because our […] Read more »

Regulators are preparing to draft rules for the development of offshore wind projects in the Great Lakes, even though no official projects have been proposed just yet. Cuyahoga County in Ohio is spending $1 million on an offshore wind task force to create a feasibility study […] Read more »

RealNetworks sent out an email alerting those people who downloaded RealDVD that the legally-challenged DVD copying software will no longer work after the 30-Day free trial, and they will not be able to upgrade to the full version. Read more »

Fortune’s Philip Elmer-DeWitt comments on the latest Internet market share numbers from Net Applications. Seems Vista got a bump in October while the Mac went down, and he’s curious as to why.  It’s important to note that, as Philip himself explains, these numbers are an inexact […] Read more »

Everyone (at least, everyone in our corner of the world) knows about Twitter. But have you ever thought about the possibilities of setting up something Twitter-like on your own intranet? If so, you’re not alone. That’s one of the basic messages of a new comparison of […] Read more »

The oil-rich nation of Qatar is teaming up with the UK government-backed Carbon Trust to pour cash into cleantech companies. The two countries plan to launch a £250 million ($396.2 million) fund for clean energy business, focusing on startups in the UK. The deal also calls […] Read more »

The iPod touch may in fact be the “Funnest iPod Ever”, as recent ads claim. Games like Spore Origins and Cro-Mag Rally that embrace the device’s unique (and frustrating) controls are certainly amusing time-wasters. It’s not necessarily true, however, that being the most amusing iPod also […] Read more »

Comedy Central to Relaunch; site will feature an extensive library of clips from the network’s stand-up archive. (Broadcasting & Cable) Kevin Rose to Interview Al Gore; will ask questions from the Digg community as part of the Digg Dialogg series. (Digg Blog) Babelgum COO Leaves […] Read more »

The credit crunch and the subsequent economic slowdown has everyone — from large corporations to individuals — reassessing their fiscal future, and many are taking drastic actions. The latest moves from the world of Silicon Valley startups comes from Dash Navigation, whose platform marries Web 2.0 […] Read more »

Solar’s got a few dark secrets: Sometimes toxic materials are used in panels and sometimes chemicals get dumped in the manufacturing process. But what’s the real dirty secret? According to OCS Energy, a startup based in Petaluma, Calif., it’s actually, well, dirt — and tree sap, […] Read more »

During the past few months I’ve grown a little bored with my music. Even my favorite tracks have become routine. So to inject some life into my iTunes library I’ve been getting my hands on a monthly playlist of Indie Rock tracks (from completely legal and […] Read more »

CLICK HERE to download the file and listen directly.MoTR 153 is 34 minutes long and is a 31.3 MB file in MP3 format. INTRO: Based on “Time v2.1″ by Meta Sektion, additional mixing by James Kendrick.HOSTS: James Kendrick (Houston), Matthew Miller (Seattle) and Kevin C. Tofel […] Read more »

Motorola today said it has demonstrated over-the-air data transmissions using equipment based on the LTE next generation wireless protocol in the recently auctioned 700 MHz spectrum. The equipment will be ready for limited network deployments in 2009. Read more »

Coworking is a workplace trend that Web Worker Daily has been following closely of late and one which seems to be experiencing an emerging global acceptance – indeed, myself and Aliza Sherman here at WWD have directly (though separately) been involved in developing coworking spaces and […] Read more »

Back in June, I looked at using LogMeIn’s standard service to control a computer from my iPhone. While one little tweak enabled it, the solution was clunky at best and there was significant screen lag on my handset. The LogMeIn Ignition client might change that and […] Read more »

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