Stories for Sep. 24, 2008

While trying to lock in crucial coal-belt swing states, Obama has had to refute another off-the-cuff comment from his running mate and assure coal-loving swing voters the he is, in fact, their friend. When asked why he supports clean coal, Biden said: “We’re not supporting clean […] Read more »

The Wireless Innovation Alliance today is making another charge in the war between those trying to keep the unused spectrum between digital television channels clear, and those trying to use that spectrum for wireless broadband. Those so-called white spaces are the last chance for wireless broadband […] Read more »

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The Roku set-top box is closely associated with Netflix, but during a speech at Streaming Media West this morning, company CEO Anthony Wood said that it will open up the little box to any content provider over the next few months. Wired reports: “We’re opening up […] Read more »

The Mozilla crew have updated Firefox 3 and Firefox 2 to address security vulnerabilities and (in the case of version 3) bugs & usability issues, including fixes for Mac-specific bugs. Firefox 3 had five security issues including two critical ones that could lead to either memory […] Read more »

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Discovery Creates Nine YouTube Channels; Discovery, TLC, Animal Planet and others to get immediate launches, users encouraged to submit videos to Mythbusters. (TVWeek) GE Bundling NBC Content with New TV Sets; company taking stake in a new venture with Tatung, televisions will provide links to NBC […] Read more »

Internet-enabled appliances from refrigerators to washing machines have been demonstrated in labs and showrooms since the dotcom days. But devices like LG’s $10,000 DIOS refrigerator have been discontinued, and similar products from Samsung never even saw the light of day. So what’s the future of these […] Read more »

So how is all this playing out for you? Are you staying busy? Has the current economic news got you more worried than ever about your ability to continue as a web worker? Or have you found ways to turn the economic weakness to your advantage, by offering lower-cost services to your clients? Read more »

Digg has raised $28.7 million in a Series C round of funding. The company made the announcement earlier this morning. Highland Capital Partners is leading the current round, which will see Highland partner Richard de Silva join Digg’s board of directors. The company will use the […] Read more »

Addressing a crowd at the Mixx Conference in New York yesterday, CBS president and CEO Les Moonves said that the Internet was not cannibalistic to television, MediaWeek reports. “We view the Internet as a lab for our TV network,” Moonves said. Moonves said that the web […] Read more »

ABI Research put out a report this morning saying by 2013 there will be 200 million ultramobile devices, an emerging class of gadgets that includes netbooks, ultramobile PCs and mobile Internet devices. The report says today there are about 10 million such devices, about 90 percent […] Read more »

So now that the Senate has finally approved the extension of the renewable energy tax credits, exactly how much money have we been fretting over for the last year? Of the $148.6 billion that the the entire bill is estimated to cost, approximately $18 billion is […] Read more »

Last week, Marketcircle introduced Billings 3, a huge update to their billing and invoicing application. Billings 3 introduces some great new features and a dramatically changed interface. They are all welcome updates. First Look We wrote about Billings 2 shortly after it debuted in early 2007, […] Read more »

A new report from eMarketer says that with 67 percent of Internet users already seeing some form of video advertising online (in-stream, in-banner, or in-text) at least once a month, the audience has reached critical mass and video ads will become “ubiquitous” by 2012. By 2012, […] Read more »

It’s not that hard to make new buildings greener; it’s the ones already built that are a big problem. That’s where a startup like Sustainable Spaces comes in — the company founded by Matt Golden in 2004 will analyze your home and sell various green retrofits, […] Read more »

Like most web workers, I have a bazillion on-line passwords to manage. Alright, perhaps that’s a mild exaggeration, but let’s just say that my number of passwords rivals the number of appearances Mario has in his various Nintendo games. Of course, there’s a number of solid […] Read more »

Recently, Apple has started offering would-be iPhone 3G buyers an opportunity to save time in the store and purchase an iPhone 3G online for in-store pickup (and AT&T activation). You first tell them whether this is a new single- or dual-iPhone purchase for either a new […] Read more »

A quick chat yesterday with Charlie Douglas, a spokesman for Comcast, elicited some heartening information about the ISP’s stated 250GB-per-month cap on bandwidth. Om’s not a huge fan of caps because he believes they stifle innovation in the long run, but Douglas says that the cap […] Read more »

We have made it clear that we are waiting for the release of the sexy VooDoo Envy notebook that HP teased us with earlier this year.  It’s not been seen in user’s hands yet that we can tell and now the tease factor has been turned […] Read more »

An onscreen keyboard can be a powerful tool for screencasters. This tutorial will show you how to turn on the onscreen keyboard that OS X has built in. To turn on the onscreen keyboard: Go to the System Preferences panel Select the “International” icon Go to […] Read more »

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