Stories for Aug. 8, 2008

The smoggy skies of Beijing might not clear up, but plenty of clean technologies have been deployed in preparation for the Olympic games. And that has meant good business for green firms all over the world. China invested $12 billion in renewable energy last year, through […] Read more »

Yesterday’s SocialMediaCampNewYork was a fun mix of PR folks and techies and I found myself blending in with the campy crowd perfectly. As someone who works as an online publicist and was formerly both a start-up employee and AOLer, I can see things from both sides, from offering services […] Read more »

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UTV Software Communications Ltd has sold 15 per cent stake in its broadcasting arm, UTV Global Broadcasting Ltd (UGBL), to Walt Disney (NYSE… Read more »

Let’s just admit it: “Your Love” by one-hit wonder The Outfield still holds up, more than 20 years on. Its catchy melody is rivaled only by the inability to sing in the same high-pitch as the lead singer. But will its sing-along-ability be enough to get […] Read more »

In an interesting turn of events, Yahoo! (who, along with 32 other companies, is about to get picked on by a Congressional committee over their customization and privacy policies) has announced that anyone who wants to enhance their privacy on the Yahoo! network will soon be […] Read more »

I can’t believe that in this age of Twitter, 24-hour news cycles and always-on access, anyone needs to point out that slow web sites alienate customers, but just in case, there’s an interview at Royal Pingdom with Steve Souders, who works at Google on web site […] Read more »

In an era of high energy prices, the most effective solutions are now the least glamorous ones. Ethanol, solar panels and wind energy all have their share of promise and problems. But a company like Enernoc — which helps utilities use traditional energies more efficiently — […] Read more »

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Just this week I was posing the question of where are all the (no-jailbreak-required) ssh/terminal apps for the iPhone? While not the best platform for such a tool (the keyboard would – and does, as you will see – eat up some serious real estate), the […] Read more »

As the tech world gets itself in a tizzy over Google saying its 5 percent stake in AOL might be impaired — basically it may now be worth less than they thought it was — we thought we’d revisit some of the most notable tech writedowns […] Read more »

SlingPlayer 2.0 Released; the good news is it offers a 60-minute, DVR-like buffer for pausing and rewinding; the bad news is there’s no Clip+Sling feature to share content. (DSLReports) Jonas Brothers to Stream Live; for those who prefer teens who rock guitars rather than the uneven […] Read more »

As expected, lithium-ion battery maker A123 Systems has filed to go public. Given that the company is one of the most promising and prominent venture-backed electric car battery makers out there, the move, which will see it raise up to $175 million, is a big deal. […] Read more »

Squarespace is an interesting entrant in the website-and-blog authoring space. They offer a great array of features for anything from a blog to a fullblown small business website, with a state of the art in-browser editing interface. But despite the fact that they would seem to […] Read more »

Update: All the channels mentioned in this story are down, replaced by the message “Content from this channel removed at the request of the copyright holder. This channel will be accessible again in 24 hours.” As we’ve been writing all week, tape delays are an excellent […] Read more »

Like many of us, I spend quite a lot of time on the web and come across a staggering number of interesting things. In Clearing The Cache I choose a theme, pull out some of my favorites and share them with you here. Freelance Folder on […] Read more »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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