Stories for Aug. 11, 2008

Let’s pretend for a moment that you operate a wireless phone company for a relatively small country that’s packed with mobile phones. Sure, you’ll focus on increasing data revenue, but if you’re smart, you’ll buy into growing operators in other countries, too. That’s how SingTel, the […] Read more »

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MommyCast Makes Video Move; breakout podcast for moms signs deal with Media Rights Capital to produce 120 video segments. (MediaWeek) IFC Picks Up Pitchfork.TV; network will carry 10 interstitial shows per week including Juan’s Basement, Don’t Look Down and Daytripping. (Multichannel News) Vidyo Raises $3 Million; […] Read more »

I’ve been using Google’s GrandCentral since well, before it was Google’s GrandCentral. My day job is based in Virginia and with GrandCentral, I could have a 703 area code phone number that didn’t tie me to my home office all day. However, over the last few […] Read more »

GE Energy Financial Services today said it is investing $141 million into a wind farm owned by Spanish renewable energy developer and wind turbine maker Acciona. The 180 megawatt Tatanka Wind Farm, on the North Dakota-South Dakota border, uses 120 Acciona 1.5 megawatt turbines and went […] Read more »

Which is a better business to be in right now: content creation or distribution? The New York Times alluded to this question in a piece about Warner Bros. this weekend. From the article: For Mr. Bewkes and his team, the core of the strategy is a […] Read more »

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The two-month grace period is ending for Time Warner Cable customers in Beaumont, Texas, who are part of the ISPs tiered broadband trials. A spokesman for Time Warner Cable declined to comment but confirmed that residents would soon see bills reflecting the $1 per gigabyte overage […] Read more »

Most of us have probably tried one or another of the online whiteboards out there. The problem is generally that the drawings produced on them look awful; who can draw neatly with a mouse? Dabbleboard has a neat solution to this problem: it’s smart enough to […] Read more »

That ad floating around today showing what looks like a Palm Centro 2 has been proven to be a fake ad a marketing student whipped up for class.  Thanks to reader cr0ft for finding this. UPDATE: cr0ft found this on engadget so here’s the link love. Read more »

Om shares some info today on the wildly popular iTunes AppStore that’s worth a closer look because it underscores a theme I’ve been harping on since day one. According to Steve Jobs in a Wall Street Journal interview, the AppStore has seen over 60 million application […] Read more »

I’m in the middle of building an iPhone app (for eventual distribution in the App Store) and, given what happened recently with NetShare, I took a moment to step back and see just how much control Steve & Co. have over the potential livelihood of iPhone […] Read more »

A report out from Chetan Sharma Consulting proves that data is the big story when it comes to wireless operators in the United States. Driven by flat-rate plans, increasing 3G coverage and the iPhone, data spending reached $8.2 billion for the second quarter of 2008, or […] Read more »

You’ve got a super cool Web app. You want a high profile blog to cover what you’re doing. You’ve got a PR firm scheduling back-to-back demos with tech bloggers. But when you actually connect with the blogger, is your demo and presentation doing your product justice? […] Read more »

Say what you will about Palm but they have proven that a $99 smartphone can sell millions.  Palm shook things up a bit with it’s full-featured low-cost Centro and millions have picked them up world-wide.  Palm Addicts has uncovered what looks like a legitimate advertisement for […] Read more »

Sprint very quietly has informed customers that they will cease offering any email services of any kind at the end of this year.  Current Sprint customers who have a Sprint email address ( should note that the carrier will turn those addresses off completely on December […] Read more »

One of the services that has become so ingrained in our society in the US is 911, the emergency service that is just 3 digits away from landline and mobile phones.  Mobile phones also have the added benefit of GPS location services allowing 911 services in […] Read more »

Selling indie movies on iTunes makes a ton of sense to us, but apparently not to the Powers that Be at Apple. It’s hard to even find information about how to get your film into the iTunes store. The best bet is to work with an […] Read more »

An unlikley partnership between an Austin-based semiconductor maker, a Michigan-based engineering firm and a Chinese motorcycle maker is working together to reduce the air pollution coming from Beijing’s many motorcycles. Electrojet is using Freescale’s advanced microcontroller technology in a new fuel injection system that will be […] Read more »

Stories for Aug. 10, 2008

The iPhone App Store is red hot: In its first month, more than 60 million software programs were downloaded, and it generated about $1 million a day in sales. That information comes from Steve Jobs in an interview with The Wall Street Journal. In his interview, […] Read more »

Admit it. These Olympics have been awesome so far. The mind-blowing opening ceremony. Michael Phelps. The breadth of games covered. All wrapped up in an HD bow. Too bad the online experience doesn’t even merit a bronze medal. Let’s set aside the bone-headed decision to delay […] Read more »

Cisco Systems (CSCO) reported its fiscal fourth-quarter 2008 financials last week, but while the San Jose, Calif.-based networking giant beat Wall Street estimates, thanks to the hurdle posed by the law of large numbers, it forecast more modest growth going forward. “The market is clearly in […] Read more »

The shift to more electric vehicles on the roads means we’ll need more lithium to make batteries. And companies with innovative ways to mine the metal could end up being hot commodities themselves. Monday morning, lithium extraction startup Simbol Mining is announcing that it’s raised $6.7 […] Read more »

The Clinton Foundation has done some impressive work promoting clean technologies, but if a report out of India is true, former President Bill Clinton’s philanthropic organization could be taking its climate change work to a whole new level. According to the Business Standard, the Clinton Foundation […] Read more »

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