Stories for Nov. 4, 2008

Hollywood spoof Tropic Thunder stormed to the top of TorrentFreak’s list of the most BitTorrented movies last week, bringing with it some other newcomers, including WALL-E and the colon-heavy trio of The Chronic(what!)cles of Narnia: Prince Caspian, Star Wars: The Clone Wars and the TV movie Futurama: Bender’s Game. Read more »

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Tesla may have announced lay offs and was unable to raise a planned $100 million financing, but the electric car startup is still facing hurdles. Today Fisker Automotive issued a release saying that an independent arbitration between the two competing Silicon Valley-backed electric car makers has […] Read more »

Stories for Nov. 3, 2008

This year has brought more than its share of surprises to the energy industry, but the bankruptcy of ethanol giant VeraSun Energy was one that few would have predicted at the beginning of the year. The stock started the year at $15.28, down from its June […] Read more »

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The interminable U.S. presidential campaign season will come finally come to an end tomorrow night. For a full rundown of the best of the best coverage — enough to allow you to set up a multiscreen command center, head over to NewTeeVee. Read more »

The interminable U.S. presidential campaign season will come finally come to an end tomorrow night. If you’re looking for a map with updating red and blue states (a tradition that dates back to NBC in the 1976 election, it turns out), we’ve got you covered. If […] Read more »

Brightcove will fully shut down its free service and force all its users to upgrade to its new Brightcove 3 platform by Dec. 17, the Cambridge, Mass.-based company said in an email to users tonight. Users who do not upgrade will see their content deleted. Brightcove, […] Read more »

EnerG2 Raises $8.5M for Nanomaterials: Seattle-based startup EnergG2 has raised $8.5 million in Series A financing for its work developing nanomaterials that could be used for natural gas storage, hydrogen storage, more efficient solar cells, and even “ultracapacitors.” The round was led by OVP Venture Partners […] Read more »

The wait is over as Classics is officially available. As previously mentioned, Classics is a highly refined e-book reader that provides users with a collection of public domain books. What sets Classics apart from the plethora of similarly available apps in iTunes is that first, each […] Read more »

George Kliavkoff is done bringing digital gospel to old media. Now he wants to “start, run or invest” in an online business, he said in an internal email announcing he will leave his post as NBC Universal’s chief digital officer at the end of the year. […] Read more »

Google (NSDQ: GOOG) has started sending out a patch for its Android operating system to fix a security problem with the browser, and address… Read more »

With the third update to Google’s open source Chrome browser out, many people, including us, have been writing about the speed improvements. Various tests around the web show its JavaScript performance at close to 40 percent faster than when it was first released. However, there are […] Read more »

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 »

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 »

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