Stories for Aug. 8, 2008

Regular readers are likely familiar with JoikuSpot, the mobile phone application that turns your 3G Symbian S60 handheld into a WiFi hotspot. It’s a simple method to essentially use your high-speed handset as a modem and have various other WiFi-enabled devices use the connection. Today, the […] Read more »

Ausra, the startup that’s building massive solar thermal plants in the desert and has already raised tens of millions of dollars from Kleiner Perkins and Khosla Ventures, is still adding to its war chest. According to a regulatory filing picked up by, the Palo Alto, […] Read more »

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A couple months ago we wrote about Reware’s Juice Bag Profolio, concluding that its nerdular style and dorky desirability had been trumped by the fact that it could tranform the Sun’s rays into juice for your gadgets…in short, great tech, terrible bag. Fortunately, Chicago-based Noon Solar‘s […] Read more »

What makes social networks successful is precisely the thing that makes them vulnerable to hackers: Trusting and sharing with others, sometimes even strangers. Now that they’re under attack from worms and malware, operators are trying to patch security loopholes. But it’s hard to fix the DNA […] Read more »

With so many electronics makers and independent firms out there ready to recycle or revamp your cell phone, there really are no more excuses for tossing it in the trashbin. One of the longest-standing is ReCellular, which claims to be “the world’s largest recycler and reseller […] Read more »

One of the difficulties of handing over work to a virtual assistant (or a real one, for that matter) is deciding which things you’re better off paying other people to do. Erica Douglass suggests in an excellent blog entry that you should set a baseline rate […] Read more »

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Finally! The Olympics kick off today and we want to make sure you are fully prepared. We’ve run stories about them all week, but with the big day upon us, we thought you’d appreciate a round-up and a refresher on where to catch all that sweet […] Read more »

Although I haven’t kept a close eye on Elance, my impression has been that it was a basic job “bid” site for freelancer programmers. The site description summarizes their main focus as “outsourcing to freelance programmers, web and logo designers, copywriters, illustrators and consultants.” People with […] Read more »

After a long dry spell, technology initial public offerings took a small step towards a comeback as Rackspace Hosting, a San Antonio, Texas-based company, announced its IPO. The company that will trade on the NYSE under the ticker RAX is selling about 15 million shares at […] Read more »

This week at Mobile Tech Manor (MTM) was one of easing into my new work flow as a full time technology writer.  That’s what I have settled on calling myself when asked what I do for a living as many "real" people don’t know what a […] Read more »

Angel investors, rather than run from the lousy market, are merely adapting to it — doing more follow-on investments, syndicating deals amongst multiple angels and, in some cases, investing greater amounts of money into a single startup so it can pay the bills during the dry spell for early-stage capital that they see lying ahead. Read more »

The solar arm of Spanish renewable energy and engineering giant Abengoa says it has completed raising funds for four new solar power installations it plans to build across Spain — Over €280 million ($426.33 million) was raised from 14 mostly Spanish banks for the projects. Most […] Read more »

Stories for Aug. 7, 2008

Gemini Division, a.k.a. that web show with Rosario Dawson, debuts Aug. 18th. Yes, it’s yet another sci-fi series, perfect for reaching that “niche” audience of web geeks and for integrating interactive storytelling in a sensical way. But in that regard, it’s a savvy production that may […] Read more »

The Olympics is a boon to translators. Much of the reporting, interpretation and documentation for the massively international event is handled by humans, but human translators with the right skills can be scarce. “Between some pairs of languages, there are very few people who are experts […] Read more »

[qi:011] In a SEC filing, Google acknowledged that it might come out on the losing side of its $1 billion investment in AOL. Based on our review, we believe our investment in AOL may be impaired….. We will continue to review this investment for impairment in […] Read more »

EU and UN to Link Carbon Trading Schemes in 2008: The European Commission and officials at the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change say their two carbon trading schemes will be linked before the end of the year, joining two of the largest carbon markets – […] Read more »

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