Stories for Jul. 15, 2008

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Updated at the bottom: Unless you’re using Enron math, BT’s new plan to connect 10 million homes — roughly 40 percent of the United Kingdom — with fiber networks at a cost of £1.5 billion doesn’t quite add up. At today’s conversion rate, that’s about $3 […] Read more »

Get too much email these days? Who doesn’t? Startup AwayFind (now in private beta; request access via their homepage) wants to help you cut down on the nuisance by letting you only deal with email twice a day. The secret sauce: a contact URL on your […] Read more »

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The solar guru at semiconductor equipment company Applied Materials, Charlie Gay, says the chip companies that drove the electronics revolution will be important in bringing down the production costs of the solar industry. Gay gave a speech to launch Intersolar, the first U.S. version of a […] Read more »

Despite tentative assurances at last Thursday’s Q&A that the web hosts streaming Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog would be up to the challenge today, has been crashing all morning, and server traffic has been slow at best. Per the Twitter of star Felicia Day: “Wow, Horrible […] Read more »

Today an employee of the San Francisco Department of Technology awaits his arraignment while information technology workers try valiantly to gain access to the new network of computers that keep the city humming. Terry Childs, a disgruntled city employee gave himself sole access to the city’s […] Read more »

With the launch of the Centrino 2 today there have been device reviews and technical specs appear all over the web as just about every major OEM has launched a notebook or two.  Or three, or nine.  :)  The vaunted Centrino platform has been around for […] Read more »

Intersolar, the first U.S. version of a grandaddy European solar convention, officially kicked off this week in downtown San Francisco. We’ll be covering the event closely, including the bit of news that came out of yesterday from the conference pre-events (GreenVolts raising sizable funding). In a […] Read more »

Thanks to video sites like YouTube, Veoh, Metacafe and others, video distribution is easier than ever, but which site packs the most playcount punch? According to an upcoming study from video analytics firm TubeMogul, the answer is YouTube. You’d think that having the largest audience and […] Read more »

Pretty much every web worker I know has a way to track tasks. These various solutions, whether web, client-side, or paper, are great for keeping yourself on track. But what if you need to manage coordinated activities for a distributed team? For example, a software bug […] Read more »

Seeing Tris Hussey’s update on FriendFeed made my day. Just a year or two ago, you wouldn’t have seen this type of entry. What’s changed? Connectivity is spreading like wildfire, web services are starting to mature, and there’s less reliance on the need for high-powered computing […] Read more »

If you’re a Twitter user you likely saw the news this morning: Twitter bought Summize. The deal, covered on the business level by our parent blog GigaOm, brings Twitter some more smart engineers and a potential route to monetization. But what does it mean to the […] Read more »

Electric car maker Fisker Automotive says Finnish auto manufacturer Valmet Automotive will build the startup’s plug-in hybrid luxury sedan, the Karma. Fisker said this morning that it has issued a letter of intent saying Valmet, which is part of the Metso engineering group and assembles Porsche […] Read more »

So it’s confirmed: Twitter is buying Summize. As I’ve said previously, I think this is a super-smart move by Twitter, and if the company plays its cards right, one that will pay dividends in the long run. Here are some additional financial details of the deal. Continue Reading Read more »

NBC Adds TVs, Movies to Xbox; in addition to Netflix content, Microsoft will be getting The Office (take that, Apple). (Wired Blog) Video Player Hits New Highs; viewers watched 37 million episodes online in May. (Multichannel News) FOX Splits Development Season in Two; network to […] Read more »

On the Internet, you can never be too fast or carry too much data, which is why Sprint is crowing about its plan to convert its core network to deliver data at 40 Gbps using the 40 Gigabit Ethernet technologies. The carrier will use Cisco and […] Read more »

While there are plenty of iPhone line-standers poking at a variety of digital devices to pass the hours, a number of iWaiters are working on their summer reading lists with some books. You remember books, right? Square-ish things made of dead trees with words (often written […] Read more »

Looking for a way to get more exercise, despite being a deskbound web worker? Steelcase (makers of high-end office furniture) have an idea for you: the Walkstation. Based on the idea that you can burn enough calories to make a difference, even if you don’t work […] Read more »

The San Mateo, California county court database is seeing its fair share of lawsuits dealing with electric car startup Tesla Motors. First the suit Tesla filed against competitor Fisker, then Magna’s suit against Tesla for an alleged breach of contract — now CNET reports that the […] Read more »

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