Stories for Aug. 14, 2008

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T. Boone Pickens: Oil Won’t Go Below $100: The inimitable Mr. Pickens predicted today that while oil may soon drop to $110 a barrel he doesn’t think crude will sink below the $100 mark. Meanwhile Boone’s own business prospects, his BP Capital and his Clean Energy […] Read more »

How’s an avid online video watcher supposed to get the latest episodes without leaving the computer on all the time? A new chipset from Intel might solve this problem, and save some energy (I’m repping NewTeeVee sister site Earth2Tech here), by allowing media providers to wake […] Read more »

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We don’t doubt that T. Boone Pickens will eventually make substantial earnings off of his green kick — including the world’s largest wind farm, and the proliferation of natural gas to power our vehicles. But Clean Energy Fuels, Pickens’ natural gas distribution company, reported earnings yesterday […] Read more »

Many of us web workers participate in more than one social network, and it’s well-known that beyond the simple social connections you can make, social networks can also be career safety nets. This was the subject of a New York Times piece from yesterday. In it, […] Read more »

Google’s attempts to make money off of YouTube took another turn today as Kara Swisher reports that former ex-Googler, now ex-Facebooker Ben Ling has jumped back into Google’s warm embrace to head up YouTube’s monetization efforts. Ling will fill the void left by Shashi Seth, who […] Read more »

CLICK HERE to download the file and listen directly.MoTR 143 is 33:45 minutes long and is a 31 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 »

There’s something about a well-made music video that just makes me happy, even if it doesn’t feature the artists involved. For a digital media course at the University Furtwangen, a group of six students created a staggering single-shot lip dub for the song 257 Weeks from […] Read more »

Northern California utility PG&E says it will buy a massive 800 MW of solar energy from farms to be built by OptiSolar and SunPower. The utility’s solar bet is 3.6 times the total amount of solar photovoltaics installed in the U.S. in 2007, and represents a significant step for the U.S solar industry. Read more »

It’s one of the ironies of web worker life: you arrange your career so you can get out of the dreaded cubicle farm. Then you go off to the local coffee shop to work, and discover that perhaps a bit of privacy wasn’t such a bad […] Read more »

DVD rental-by-mail service Netflix is having a technical problem that has all but shut down its shipping capabilities since Tuesday. (That’s why your copy of Good Luck Chuck hasn’t arrived yet.) The Wall Street Journal reports that the company still doesn’t know what caused the failure, […] Read more »

Quite a few people are complaining about Twitter’s decision to stop updates via SMS in the UK because it was proving to be too costly. (Actually it is a decision that impacts everyone who is not in US, Canada or India.) Sarah Lacy says they should […] Read more »

Chevy’s upcoming electric vehicle the Volt — highly anticipated, and crucial to GM’s future — has gotten a lot of press for its fully integrated hybrid drivetrain, but relatively little attention has been paid to the car’s aerodynamics. In a blog post on GM’s FastLane, Bob […] Read more »

We’ve gotten word that Strike.TV, the delayed network of shows put together by Hollywood types during the writers’ strike, will launch a private beta next week. If you want to get in on the beta, sign up by Monday on the landing page. STRIKE.TV behind-the-scenes: HOUSE […] Read more »

Even though Apple has yet to show off turn-by-turn directions on the GPS-enabled iPhone, navigation is one of the fastest-growing categories of mobile devices apps. As comScore recently noted, map use on cell phones in the U.S. during the three-month period ended May 31 was up […] Read more »

Suppose you’re a mobile web worker who depends on constant connectivity to work effectively. You’ve got the dozens of web sites you visit for information, the social networks where you can ask a quick question, the IM services that hook you up with the rest of […] Read more »

Amyris Biotechnologies, a startup using synthetic biology to replace petroleum, has added another $21 million to its already sizable $70 million funding round. This brings the total for its ongoing series B round to $91.35 million. The company confirmed the funding with us this morning, which […] Read more »

The current quality of mobile TV may not be quite up to snuff in China, but that may not matter to those Chinese consumers hoping to tune in… Read more »

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