Stories for Aug. 13, 2008

Following a petition filed with the Federal Communications Commission by Intel and Verizon requesting that Ethernet ports be required on the backs of set-top boxes, the National Cable and Telecommunications Association have come out in favor of an open standard such as Ethernet (or even better, […] Read more »

The investment bank Lehman Brothers, which basically discounted the potential of online video advertising in a recent report on digital entertainment, now puts a number on that market: $1.1 billion in U.S. video ads this year, rising to $2.4 billion by 2010. Lehman had previously forecast […] Read more »

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Jungle Disk, the Amazon S3-backed online storage software whose 2.0 release we recently covered, is out with a new version. This time it’s the release of the Jungle Disk Workgroup Edition, which sets its sights on small and medium groups who need to manage shared storage […] Read more »

POET, one of the larger producers of corn-based ethanol in the United States, says it will start churning out cellulosic ethanol by the end of the year. The company started construction on a $4 million pilot-scale cellulosic ethanol facility in Scotland, S.D., a few months ago, […] Read more »

No Live Streaming for YouTube? Sources tell SAI that despite Steve Chen’s previous comments, the company never seriously considered adding the service. From a YouTube spokesperson: “We have nothing more to share at this time.” (Silicon Alley Insider) Joost CEO on Net Neutrality; Mike Volpi writes […] Read more »

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If there was any doubt in your mind about the importance of web workers to the economy, yesterday’s announcement of new business laptops should put it to rest. Not only are they rolling out laptops in every conceivable niche, from ultra-portable to long-life battery to hefty […] Read more »

We geeks have our own vocabulary that is confusing at times and downright meaningless at others.  Take one term that I’m starting to see more and more on the web- pre-sale.  This term is often used to get geeks all worked up by pointing out that […] Read more »

Dell has launched the DigitalNomads blog to give road warriors a place to hang out and share stories of the road.  The Digital Nomads term played a big role in yesterday’s press event thrown by Dell and it’s an apt name for this blog.  There is […] Read more »

Hayden Black is nice, funny, quotable and makes two critically acclaimed and modestly popular web shows. He may not have a face for television, but that hasn’t stopped him from becoming the poster boy for a market of online video producers that has a growing crowd […] Read more »

Creativity is an important aspect of a web worker’s life. From creating original designs to composing an apologetic letter to a client, we need to include a dose of creativity that gives additional value and originality to our work. Inspiration may not always be at our side and, even if it is, we still risk coming off as predictable if our clients or audiences are too familiar with our work. In other words, there’s no “oomph” factor. So how do we get creative when we’re stuck in a routine? Read more »

Despite reporting a second-quarter loss last night, due in part to costs associated with the faulty packaging on some of its chips placed in thousands of laptops, Nvidia still has a plan for semiconductor domination through the GPU. But if it wants to execute, it needs […] Read more »

Yesterday Dell announced a lot of new business notebooks and what got everyone’s attention was the ability to add battery options that will provide a whopping 19 hours of battery life.  This is awesome for the business traveler who can now plan on working away without […] Read more »

What could have more green-geek cred than using computer modeling to demonstrate a molecule used to break down plants from which biofuels are made? Winning an award for making the visuals look so dope. National Renewable Energy Labs Senior Scientist Michael Crowley recently took home second […] Read more »

Prices for platinum have dropped more than 30 percent in recent weeks, to around $1,478.80 an ounce, off a high of more than $2,100 an ounce earlier this year. It’s part of an overall slide in commodity prices, from corn to precious metals to crude, taking […] Read more »

Stories for Aug. 12, 2008

Spot Runner confirmed late Tuesday it had made layoffs earlier in the day, the news of which was first reported by Valleywag but not in entirely correct fashion, according to a company spokesperson. The advertising platform let go of about 50 people, or 10 percent of […] Read more »

By all accounts, video downloads should be cheaper than purchasing physical goods. There’s nothing to build, package, ship or shelve. But like with so many things, the man wants to kill the online video fun before it even gets started. As we speak, big government, big […] Read more »

Our list of startups trying to squeeze fuel from pond scum is growing as quickly as an algal bloom. Today we can add AXI, a new startup spun out of the University of Washington TechTransfer program, which has scored an undisclosed amount of funding from Allied […] Read more »

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