Stories for Sep. 15, 2008

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In the run-up to Mobilize, we are working with Dr. Phil Hendrix of IMMR, a small and high-caliber group of academic consultants out of Atlanta, to bring you a poll in which we would love your participation. It’s goal is to get your opinion about the […] Read more »

The Wall Street Journal’s Energy Special: A special energy section from the newspaper of financial record includes thoughts on the gas engine’s permanence, clean coal’s near-term future and the energy venture arms of Big Oil as corporate periscopes. Pessimistic or realistic? – Wall Street Journal. Nanosolar […] Read more »

Seagate FreeAgent Go Drives Debuted – Seagate announced it’s next generation of absurdly thin notebook-sized drives. The drives start at around $160 for a 250GB. Picture messaging for the iPhone – Send free, unlimited picture messages and geo-tagged location to any mobile phone in the world. […] Read more »

I am leaving a powerless house tomorrow and heading out to San Francisco for the Mobilize 08 conference.  I am looking forward to attending this conference and seeing a lot of friends for the first time although I’m feeling a bit odd leaving a house without […] Read more »

Will personal cell towers replace the giant monstrosities currently sitting on rooftops and beside highways? Manish Singh, a VP with Continuous Computing, says that may be the case with the 4G buildout. He spoke with me about the company’s new line of software and hardware for […] Read more »

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Have you tried Wiggio yet? It’s a group collaboration tool that just launched into public beta today. It’s pretty fast to get started with, and caters to groups who want to do things like keep collective lists of tasks up, or collect serialized information about shared […] Read more »

Dopplr, a travel-focused social network based in Helsinki, has raised an undisclosed amount of money from an investor group led by well-known technology industry insider, Esther Dyson. It was an all-angel round of funding, something we’ve discussed on our FoundRead channel. Apart from Dyson, other investors in […] Read more »

Gears, Google’s “browser improver” (for lack of a better term), has come out of beta and is now officially available for Safari. Gears is a browser plugin that extends its functionality by allowing it do things like store data locally in a searchable database as well […] Read more »

Today, Apple released its 5th update to OS X 10.5 (Leopard). The update is currently available via Software Update and should be available on the Apple website within a few hours. The last update (10.5.4) was released on June 30. Apple has, on average, released an […] Read more »

Last month saw a pretty buggy beta of Google Gears for Safari; heck, let’s be truthful: it was probably closer to an alpha. That’s all irrelevant now because Gears is available for Safari if you have better than Tiger 10.4.11 or Leopard 10.5.3. The timing on […] Read more »

New research reaffirms that there’s a DVR boom underway, so why can’t TiVo capitalize on it? Leichtman Research Group (LRG) said today that 27 percent of TV households in the U.S. have at least one DVR, and 30 percent of those homes have more than one. […] Read more »

Last week I saw a message on Twitter from someone complaining about the frustrating and tedious process of removing formatting from copied text. I am sure most of us have run across this from time to time. You cut and paste from a Word document or […] Read more »

Monaco-based electric car maker Venturi and French tire giant Michelin have said they will show off a new, next-gen electric supercar at the upcoming Paris Auto Show in early October. The companies are holding onto the details until the unveiling but promise “unprecedented architecture, dynamic qualities […] Read more »

I updated iTunes to version 8 following the “Let’s Rock” event the other day – Genius looked snazzy, and I wanted it! – and was merrily looking through my recommendations when I noticed something a little strange. The arrow links to the iTunes store were appearing again. One […] Read more »

Launching today, MTV’s Backchannel is a very cool-looking social game synergizing a very silly product— specifically, the network’s “reality” show The Hills. As the title suggests, Backchannel’s a chat interface that runs live online while a Hills episode airs on TV; players quickly post their witty […] Read more »

Clean Energy Fuels, the natural gas vehicle distributor founded by former oil baron T. Boone Pickens, has been on an acquisition and deal-making spree over the past few months. This morning it’s got another deal to build and operate a compressed natural gas station South of […] Read more »

Technology companies like Google/YouTube and Joost are “parasites,” said British broadcaster ITV Chairman Michael Grade, at the IBC technology conference in Amsterdam today. “The day that Google or Joost or any of these people start investing £1bn a year in UK content is the day I’ll start to be worried… They’re all parasites, they just live off our content is what they do. As long as we can create the content, the content is the keys to the castle for us going forward.” Read more »

With three days to go, our Mobilize 08 conference is nearly sold out. It looks like we are going to have fun and interesting conversations around the topic of the Mobile Internet and its impact on the world of technology. Our two keynote speakers, Padmasree Warrior, […] Read more »

State Department Launches Video Challenge; government agency partners with NBC, the MPAA, USC and more to ask users to submit videos with the theme “Democracy is…” (Democracy Video Challenge) Fantastic Fest Streaming Some Films Online; sci-fi horror fest to stream five features online for free. (Fantastic […] Read more »

As the VMworld conference kicks off in Las Vegas, expect to see virtualization try to hook its star to cloud computing much like a tired stripper might lure a lucky gambler into marriage. Since virtualized servers act as the basic building blocks of cloud computing — […] Read more »

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