Stories for Aug. 6, 2008

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Tesla Grabs Mazda Design Director: Franz von Holzhausen, former Director of Design for Mazda North America, has joined Tesla Motors as Chief Designer. This is the third auto industry vet Tesla has snapped up recently. The startup got a new EVP of Vehicle Engineering from Chrysler […] Read more »

Update, Thursday 3 p.m. PST: BitTorrent confirms layoffs, but not everything else. There are rumors that pink slips have been handed to some of the employees of San Francisco-based BitTorrent. The problems stem from their ill-fated consumer distribution effort, which competed with richer, more deep-pocketed rivals. […] Read more »

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Solar installer Akeena Solar, the company behind a Lego-like modular solar rooftop system, is in need of some sunshine today. The company saw its loss for the second quarter widen to $5.1 million from $1.92 million a year earlier, while its revenues shrank slightly, to $7.06 […] Read more »

A few days ago, I pointed out that India was finally getting its 3G act together by coming up with a liberal licensing policy that will boost mobile broadband in that country. A similar scenario is playing out across China, Brazil and Russia, which together with […] Read more »

Windows, as well as the browsers that Windows users use, offer lots of under-the-hood productivity and efficiency boosts that you can deploy if you know about them. Here are five tips that I use all the time. Quickly Go Back to the Desktop. Do you have […] Read more »

By now most of us are familiar with Google’s PageRank algorithm, or at least the principle behind it, whereby a web page is ranked based on who else is linking to it. One key aspect of blogs is that, while a few cover just about everything […] Read more »

BitTorrent will lay off its sales and marketing department, a total of 12 employees, Valleywag reported this morning, based on a tip from an alleged company insider. The company has also supposedly failed to complete a deal to sell its neglected consumer-facing site to Best Buy […] Read more »

Document-sharing site Docstoc (who we’ve mentioned before) has rolled out a new feature: private documents with tracking. You’ve been able to upload documents privately to Docstoc for a while (so that they don’t show up on the main public site) but now you can track what […] Read more »

With $200, a full machine shop and some mechanical savvy, you can now build your very own XR3 plug-in electric vehicle. Robert Q. Riley Enterprises, a product design firm in Glendale, Ariz., is selling plans for its three-wheeled, two passenger diesel-electric hybrid — the XR3 — […] Read more »

Dell has launched a pilot program to provide high-performance computing systems to European universities and other organizations. The market for high-performance computing servers grew 15.5 percent in 2007 to reach a record $11.6 billion, according to IDC. It’s not a completely random venture for Dell, which […] Read more »

Netbooks took another step towards mainstream awareness today as the Asus Eee PC is now available at Target’s on-line and retail stores. 150 brick & mortar Target’s now stock the netbook that started it all. Literally. It’s the 2G Surf model, which offers a scant 2 […] Read more »

John Roese, chief technology officer of Nortel Networks, is one of my favorite technologists; he can marry the promise of technology with hard-nosed business pragmatism like no one else. When we met up two years ago, he and I talked about both “wideband” and “hyperconnectivity,” two […] Read more »

The Wall Street Journal is reporting that within 18 months HP plans to have multiple touchscreen products, including a laptop, “that use the same type of finger-tapping interface popularized by Apple Inc.’s iPhone.” If HP does use the same type of touch screen as that of […] Read more »

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