Stories for Sep. 9, 2008

We’re all about the mashing up of music and technology today on NewTeeVee Station. First, Rhett and Link craft a Weird Al-esque lament for these perhaps-too-exciting Web 2.0 days… And tonight might be Planet Earth’s last hurrah, that is if anything goes wrong with the launch […] Read more »

Making air conditioners more energy efficient through the use of semiconductor-based valves would not only reduce the average air conditioning bill by some 20 to 30 percent, but would save the equivalent of 1.2 billion barrels of oil annually. That’s according to the Microstaq team, which […] Read more »

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At this morning’s special event, Jobs announced quite a few updates in relation to iTunes and the iTunes store including the newest version of iTunes, Genius, HD shows, and the return of NBC. iTunes 8 Today Apple has released the next major version of iTunes, available […] Read more »

Given that IPOs are hard to come by these day, VCs are spending more time focusing on strategic buyers, according to Eric Tilenius, a newly minted partner at Maveron Venture, who spoke at the DEMO conference in San Diego on Tuesday. That, of course, changes the […] Read more »

Fisker Automotive is moving full-steam ahead to get its $80,000 plug-in hybrid Karma on the road by the end of 2009 and today announced it will be using $65 million in Series C funding to do so. The company says the round closed on Sept. 4 […] Read more »

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[qi:_newteevee] Apple CEO Steve Jobs announced today that NBC shows will once again be available on iTunes, and HD versions of TV shows will be available for $2.99. But there were two things that, notably, he didn’t talk about: One, what, exactly, prompted the return of […] Read more »

Oops! Somebody’s gonna be in trouble! Late yesterday, pictures of Chevy’s hugely anticipated Volt were “accidentally” leaked onto the Internet, and now they’re every where from the Wall Street Journal to, well, seemingly everywhere the Internet goes. “It’s just one of those things that happens,” GM […] Read more »

When we looked at the landscape of file-sharing, one of our main concerns was that none of the available file-sharing services provided a compelling advantage over email. With creating email attachments being so simple, why would anyone go to a new service to move files around? […] Read more »

Cellulosic biofuel startup Range Fuels is getting ready to reap what it has sown with its biomass feedstock partner Ceres, an energy crop company. Range Fuels announced the partnership for a multi-year test of commercial varieties of switchgrass and high-biomass sorghum planted near its Soperton Plant […] Read more »

OS X has the Dashboard to keep widgets at your beck and call but sometimes it’s nice to just have some essential information always on your desktop.  That’s the simple premise behind our mostly Freeware of the Moment, Stattoo by Panic, a little bar that sits […] Read more »

Everybody and his brother is making netbooks these days but one big company that has stayed away is Toshiba.  The market is quite large with interest so high though which is why HP, Dell and Lenovo are in the netbook game today.  A reader who must […] Read more »

Since there’s an Apple event (read: new iPods) scheduled for later today, it’s only fitting that Microsoft dropped a Zune press release. There’s new hardware as well as additional software features involved: A 16 GB flash-based player and 120 GB hard drive Zune are added to […] Read more »

The solar industry is just starting to understand the benefits of distributed solar inverters — the devices that convert direct current (DC) to grid-usable alternating current (AC). While most solar panels use a centralized inverter, inverter-maker Enphase Energy says slapping a cell phone-sized distributed inverter on […] Read more »

[qi:_earth2tech] Google co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin, along with Google’s energy gurus Dan Reicher and Bill Weihl, have so far served as the search giant’s most outspoken representatives of its plans to create new energy solutions. But at a dinner for the Corporate EcoForum on […] Read more »

As covered on our sister blog Earth2Tech, Cisco is out with an integrated set of product offerings dubbed the Cisco Virtual Office. This is turnkey telecommuting for companies with a bit of money in the bank: Earth2Tech got ballpark estimates of a couple of hundred thousand […] Read more »

These Asian notebook makers must know something we don’t as Sony introduced an 18.4-inch giant notebook, the Type A.  Sony joins Medion in the 18.4-inch category which is obviously a desktop replacement notebook for those who have big desks.  The Vaio A has a fast Core […] Read more »

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