Stories for Sep. 12, 2008

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Written by Michael Stroud. MobiTV unveiled Mobi4Biz at the CTIA conference in San Francisco this week, the first in a planned series of TV channel mashups that will allow the mobile television company to repurpose mainstream TV for specific vertical markets. The new “channel of channels” […] Read more »

We’d like to say thanks to this month’s GigaNET sponsors: Accenture: “The Innovation Dilemma: How to Achieve High Performance through Superior Research & Development” (free download) Server Beach: By geeks, for geeks Volo Media: Dynamic advertising for downloadable audio and video Ki Work: Take control of […] Read more »

When I first squinted at this morning’s news that casual game company Big Fish had landed $83 million in funding (from Balderton Capital, General Catalyst Partners and Salmon River Capital), I could have sworn there was a decimal point missing somewhere. Big Fish reported $50.8 million […] Read more »

It’s a battle between two of the biggest attractions in web video: hot chicks vs. frat-boy humor. Model.Live and Seth MacFarlane’s Cavalcade of Comedy, both high-profile and expensive web series, launched last month and earlier this week, respectively. But already, the frat boys are winning. A […] Read more »

There’s buzz around Silicon Valley that there will be a big announcement made at VMworld next week in Las Vegas. I think Cisco Systems will announce support of VMware virtual machines on their networking hardware. And if I’m right, it will have numerous ramifications, not only for the two companies, but the networking industry overall. Read more »

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Reva, the Indian electric car company that had one of the best-selling electric vehicles in the world last year, is holding a “gas-to-electric-car” exchange in Bangalore this weekend. The idea is to bring in your gas car and maybe, just maybe, come out with a brand-new […] Read more »

Recently, I did a post on SearchBoth, which presents an easy way to search Google and Yahoo concurrently. I like the idea of searching multiple engines at once, and this post from AltSearchEngines.com caught my eye for the same type of task. The post discusses Joongel, […] Read more »

McCain has been lauded for being way ahead of the GOP when it comes to fighting climate change and proposing some of the first emissions reduction legislation. However, his newly minted running mate Sarah Palin has expressed skepticism at mankind’s roll in the warming of the […] Read more »

The National Cable and Telecommunications Association has joined wireless microphone companies and the National Association of Broadcasters in poo-pooing Google’s hope of using the white spaces between digital television stations for wireless broadband. The association filed its objection with the FCC on Wednesday, claiming that white-space […] Read more »

That’s the question I had after reading a UMPC Portal post making a last call for MIDs in 2008. Last call? When was the first call answered? There were plenty of Mobile Internet Devices shown off at the recent Intel Developers Forum, but we’re hearing far […] Read more »

Google has acquired South Korea’s TNC, maker of the open-source blogging and publishing platform Textcube, co-CEO Chang Kim said on his personal blog today. I met with the TNC team back in March, when I was visiting Seoul. I liked the company so much that I […] Read more »

Warner Crocker of GottaBeMobile has posted a video review of the HP 2730p Tablet PC.  The 2730p is the refresh of my favorite 2710p Tablet PC and it is a sweet convertible notebook.  I played with the 2730p for a bit at the HP office and […] Read more »

The Democratic leadership unveiled its energy package yesterday with the no-nonsense title the “Comprehensive American Energy Security and Consumer Protection Act.” But the emerging bill was a swap meet-style process, bundling plans to open up huge chunks of the Atlantic seaboard to offshore drilling with a […] Read more »

Today Apple released its 2.1 software update for the iPhone. The get the update, just connect your iPhone and fire up iTunes. Some of the more significant updates/fixes in this update: Decrease in call set-up failures and dropped calls Significantly better battery life for most users […] Read more »

Despite the existence of dozens of competing services, del.icio.us remains the standard for bookmark storage for many web workers – if only because it’s been around so long that we’ve accumulated hundreds or thousands of bookmarks there. But one of the big annoyances of del.icio.us is […] Read more »

Nexicon announced this week it has partnered with YouTube to offer copyright management tools to content providers. Basically, content owners can hire Nexicon to monitor videos that get flagged by YouTube’s Video ID video fingerprinting system, and Nexicon will help decide whether to have the video removed or to claim it and place advertising against it. Read more »

Authorities are expressing amazement at the level of storm surge that is already hitting the Gulf Coast due to Hurricane Ike.  Galveston Island is experiencing a 5 – 7 foot surge with an estimated 15 feet of additional storm surge expected at landfall in over 12 […] Read more »

Microsoft Launches IPTV Ad System; the Mediaroom Advertising Platform will allow targeted interactive television ads to be delivered set-top boxes and provide measurement, the offering will be ready for roll out to AT&T and other telcos in 2009. (Multichannel News) Envivio Raises $25 Million; IP video […] Read more »

The iPhone comes to the rescue again. The WSJ reports in a lengthy feature that the time for mobile games may finally be arriving, thanks to… Read more »

Hard times for the U.S. corn ethanol industry doesn’t always mean plants officially get the boot — sometimes it’s a more subtle move, like ignoring a planned plant til it’s basically kaput. That’s the case for Ford Heights Ethanol, at least according to Bloomberg, which says […] Read more »

Firefox users may have seen the blog announcement from Mozilla Labs last month introducing Ubiquity. Ubiquity is an “experiment into connecting the Web with language in an attempt to find new user interfaces that could make it possible for everyone to do common Web tasks more […] Read more »

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