Stories for Aug. 25, 2008

Virginia Heffernan, the normally-astute media writer for the New York Times, wrote a bewildering piece that appeared in the paper’s magazine on Sunday. “Serial Killers” took web video series to task, albeit in a pretty confusing manner. My main issues with Heffernan’s story are classification, timeliness […] Read more »

Tuning into live online video is often an exercise in frustration. So even though Conviva is being somewhat secretive about what it’s doing, I’m inclined to give the startup — which simply says it’s building a live video platform — a pass for the time being, in the hopes it will some day prevent me from tearing my hair out. Conviva is announcing today it has raised $20 million in second round funding. The investment came from UV Partners, New Enterprise Associates, and Foundation Capital, and brings Conviva’s total funding to $29 million since being founded in November 2006. Read more »

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The fast-increasing number of storage drives on my desk jump-started a quest for a networked storage device that could: replace three drives (in other words, have 1 terabyte of disk storage), be quiet, be fast for easy backups and recovery, act as a repository for my […] Read more » seems to share its founders’ passion for wind sports. The philanthropic arm of the search giant has invested another $5 million into high-altitude wind startup Makani Power, PEHub reports. The money is part of a series B round that could garner more than $20 million […] Read more »

Stories for Aug. 24, 2008

Embarq, the wireline division spun off by Sprint, today announced that it would cut between 500 and 700 jobs and eliminate 300 contractors. The company lost about 170,000 landlines in the most recent quarter. According to an AP report, in June Embarq handed over some service […] Read more »

The Internet set-top box herd may be thinning, as Vudu laid off roughly 15 percent of its staff on Friday, including co-founder and (former) VP of marketing Patrick Cosson. According to CE Pro, the online movie delivery service laid off 16 to 18 of its 100-person […] Read more »

In June we showed you these photos of startup M2E Power’s motion-powered external cell-phone charger, which could be on sale as early as next year. Monday morning, the Boise, Idaho-based company is officially announcing that device, which can provide an hour of talk time for some […] Read more »

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Barack Obama’s now-famous text-message announcement of his VP pick reveals something about the candidate that should really worry the Republicans. What it reveals is not that he’s a smart technologist. If he was, he would have known that sending 10 million SMS messages at the same […] Read more »

The future of federal energy policy is looking bright — Barack Obama chose Delaware Sen. Joseph Biden as his vice president this weekend. Biden has a three-decade senate record that includes a solid history of establishing climate change and energy policies. As Chairman of the Senate […] Read more »

Our dear friend Cyriac Roeding, the former EVP of mobile at CBS (NYSE: CBS), is on a world tour of about 10 countries in seven weeks. After… Read more »

If you’ve reached the point of having more work than you can handle, there are several ways to handle the overflow. One of the easiest, in some ways, is to hire subcontractors to do part of the work for you. But before you rush out and […] Read more »

Want to get a good idea of where the gaming business is headed? Follow the money — or better yet, follow the trends the folks with money are looking at. With that in mind, I recently contacted three top venture capitalists in the gaming space to […] Read more »

The all-out war between telephone companies and cable companies is now going to be fought on a whole new front: wireless. Last week, Cox confirmed that it was getting into the wireless business, joining cable industry peers. Patrick Esser, president at Cox, revealed wireless at the […] Read more »

Founders are notorious for falling in love with their visions. How else could we survive 18-hour workdays or a multitude of setbacks with our optimism still intact? The problem with this is that it’s impossible to predict what the future holds. So, to be successful, you’ll […] Read more »

A year ago, I was offered a contractual design job for a middle-sized corporation, although I knew there were other candidates. At the end of my interview, I was told that they would call me to let me know if I’ve been hired. What actually happened […] Read more »

This week on jkOnTheRun was an unusual one, with Kevin having to step out due to unforeseen circumstances.  The mobile tech world rolled on and we saw more netbook news, smartphone rollouts and lots of things coming out of the Intel Developers Forum.  Here are the […] Read more »

Stories for Aug. 23, 2008

Many of the great personae of the clean energy world gathered in Las Vegas earlier this week to pitch ideas and call for proposals. In case the VP race or Olympic races had you distracted, we’ve got our coverage of the Vegas summit and the other […] Read more »

Ryan Block has left the building.  Ryan is was the Editor-in-Chief at engadget and is leaving to start a new venture with Peter Rojas.  I won’t wish them luck as they don’t need it, anything those two do together will be a raging success.  The timing […] Read more »

Ah, the age old business question: “Do I want more work?” The question, of course, is actually “Can I handle more work?” or even  “How much more work can I handle?” Do you know how much more work you can handle? Are you at that tipping/breaking […] Read more »

The Palm Treo Pro is the PDA originator’s latest attempt to recapture the glory days and admittedly it’s a pretty decent looking effort.  It’s too early to tell if it is everything Palm needs it to be but Matt Miller has gotten one and has unboxed […] Read more »

We’ve covered a great many Zoho services over the years; they continue to have one of the most diverse software-as-a-service offerings. Their latest addition is Zoho Share, which brings both file storage and file sharing into play. If you’ve already got Zoho credentials from another application, […] Read more »

If you’re a major league baseball fan, you’ve probably read “Moneyball,” the best-selling book by journalist Michael Lewis chronicling the successful statistics-driven management of Oakland Athletics General Manager, Billy Beane. Baseball has long been a game of stats, but Beane’s philosophy gave the tradition a twist: […] Read more »

Stories for Aug. 22, 2008
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