Stories for Aug. 27, 2008

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Since Strike.TV is knee-deep in its private beta, and since Liz and I are in L.A., we thought it would be a perfect time to drop in on its CEO, Peter Hyoguchi, for a chat. Hyoguchi’s been busy lining up 45 new shows for Strike.TV, including […] Read more »

Florida’s First Energy Farm Planted in Destiny: Destiny, Florida, a city claiming “eco-sustainability” (whatever that means), says it has created the Sunshine state’s first energy farm where it will grow energy crops like sweet sorghum, algae, jatropha and other crops for alternative fuels – Press Release. […] Read more »

It’s about time. Last Spring, Nintendo launched WiiWare, a downloadable game service on the Wii, but I haven’t been all that impressed by the scant titles they’ve made available since then. This week’s offering is different: Helix, from indie developer Ghostfire Games. In my view it’s […] Read more »

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Last week, I caught up with Jeff Holden, the CEO of Pelago, which is developing Whrrl, an application for mobile phones that lets people sha… Read more »

The other day, we covered the winners in this year’s Extend Firefox contest, which is Mozilla’s annual effort to recognize the best extensions for the Firefox browser. In addition to the new ideas that won, though, Mozilla has also recognized a couple of strong updates to […] Read more »

Mobile phone battery life is always on our minds as there is nothing worse than running out of juice at that moment you need to make that important phone call.  You can take an extra battery with you (unless you have an iPhone) but you never […] Read more »

The Pickens Plan media blitz hit a glitch this week when NBC refused to air the latest television spot promoting the former oil tycoon’s natural gas and wind energy plan. The 15-second ad, entitled “Iran” and embedded below, asserts that Iran is converting its own cars […] Read more »

Last week, Dell’s PR team was busy emailing us about a joint announcement they were going to make in tandem with Facebook. They were going to announce a partnership, they said, …around the next generation of Cloud Computing. In addition to the joint announcement, the companies […] Read more »

Put this in the category of “you gotta be kidding me.” Microsoft has applied for and received a patent (U.S. Patent #7,415,666) that essentially patents “Page Up/Page Down” functionality. The patent (Timothy D Sellers, Heather L. Grantham, Joshua A. Dersch) that was filed in March 2005 […] Read more »

As reported in more detail on our parent blog GigaOM, Idaho-based M2E Power is on to something new in the land of cell phone chargers. Next year they’ll be selling a charger that gets its energy just by being carried around while you walk – it’s […] Read more »

We’re definitely getting ahead of ourselves to ask who will be the FriendFeed of video, considering that company is brand new and has a small (though no doubt devout!) following. But more than one startup is trying to aggregate video consumption activity in the same way FriendFeed brings together its users’ participation in the various social services from around the web. And hey, maybe the focused opportunity is there, since FriendFeed’s broader focus means only three of its 43 services are video-related: Seesmic, Vimeo, and YouTube. Read more »

Pop quiz: Monday was a good day if you were (A) General Motors; (B) planning on buying the Chevy Volt; (C) an unemployed resident of Flint, Mich., or (D) all of the above? You know the answer. Yesterday, GM received millions in promised tax breaks to […] Read more »

The mood in the solar stock sector today might best be described as dark green. Shares in Qidong, China-based Solarfun posted financial earnings that were ahead of analyst expectations, but the shares dived as much as 11 percent percent on concern that prices for its photovoltaic […] Read more »

Even the big boys of solar need to keep ramping up production to meet global demand. Today, Mitsubishi Electric said it will invest 50 billion yen ($455 million) to quadruple its annual photovoltaic production capacity to 600 megawatts by 2012 from 150 megawatts today. The plan […] Read more »

Like many other web workers, I get seduced on a regular basis by the latest gadgets. Whether it’s a spiffy new laptop or the latest phone or some miscellaneous bit of electronics that is supposed to make our lives easier, it’s simple to plunk down money […] Read more »

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