Stories for Sep. 16, 2008

Although the sun could be setting on the renewable tax credits, private equity is shining down on solar thermal startup SolarReserve. The Santa Monica, Calif.-based company says it has raised a hefty $140 million in a second round of funding for its utility-scale solar thermal power […] Read more »

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Remember that thing I did where I helped judge a couple of Emmy categories this year? Well, the winners are in, and got their prizes as part of the pre-main event ceremony on Saturday night. NBC’s Heroes and the Disney Channel won the awards for creative […] Read more »

Tuesday marks General Motors’ 100-year anniversary as a car maker. This auspicious date is being noted all over the automotive world and is even making its presence felt in “civilian” publications like the New York Times. A lot of the press is not just about where […] Read more »

Stories for Sep. 15, 2008

BitTorrent has raised $17 million from DCM, Accel Partners, and DAG Ventures, according to a regulatory filing turned up by peHUB. Regulatory filings don’t always have all the final details, so we gave BitTorrent some time to comment this afternoon, but have not yet heard back. […] Read more »

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In December 1994, I was managing the new product development process for a long-distance carrier. We were in the midst of being acquired, with the new combined company becoming a credible threat to the Big Three. My soon-to-be CEO asked for a review of the product […] Read more »

Just in time for the Mobilize conference, GigaOM has a brief poll regarding Mobile Internet Devices. Who better to offer up their thoughts than the excellent and well informed jkOTR audience, right? If you have a few minutes, consider sharing your thoughts in the poll, which […] Read more »

Our EconMusic conference is just seven days away and we’ve finalised our programme details along with the speakers’ list. Meet us at London’s Natural History Museum to talk about all things digital music, including its effect on mobile phones and social media. Musician Billy Bragg, BPI […] Read more »

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 »

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 »

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