Stories for Jun. 6, 2008

We’ve written recently about how to preserve your equity when fundraising. This week we spoke with serial entrepreneur Chris Michel, who explained why founders should not be afraid to give additional equity disbursements — out of their personal stakes! — to reward senior staffers. That’s what […] Read more »

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I have blogged numerous times about the many different mini-notebooks that Joanna Stern of Laptop Magazine has tested as it seems she gets her hands on every new one introduced.  I have suspected she has a problem and needs our help and her latest mini-notebook adventure […] Read more »’s U.S. retail site became unavailable around late Friday morning, West Coast time. The outage, however, more than just being annoying, was instructive. Here’s why it matters. Read more »

IBM showed off a new computing system yesterday that packed layers of semiconductors in a vertical stack and cooled it with water running in hair-thin pipes along the chips themselves. This is more impressive than the water-cooled copper plates that subsequently cool chips, and a leap […] Read more »

If you’ve got a fancy high-end device, you already know the joys of having your email available on your mobile phone. But what if you’ve got an older model, or don’t want to use the built-in email client? That’s where BlueWhaleMail comes in. They’ve created a […] Read more »

Yes, it’s the little things in life that make many a mobile device user happy. For example: I’ve been using Skype since late-2004 and yet when I use SkypeOut, the person I’m calling gets "+0000123456" displayed on their caller ID. If I’m going to be a […] Read more »

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TakeTV, we hardly knew ye. Unveiled just last October, SanDisk’s USB PC-to-TV video device along with Fanfare, its accompanying content portal, were both shut down on May 15th, a SanDisk spokesperson has confirmed. The official party line is that TakeTV was no longer a priority for […] Read more »

“iPhone, till now, has not exactly been video-friendly,” writes Liz over on NewTeeVee. And that is a damn shame because the screen is pretty awesome and made for enjoying video-on-the-go. However there seems to be a thought that the new version with video features and 3G […] Read more »

Web Workers love to share their productivity secrets, and we can be quite evangelical about the tools that we use to manage our business. The folks over at 37signals have launched a new affiliate program for their Basecamp, Backpack and Highrise services that might be particularly […] Read more »

Venture capitalist Vinod Khosla is unlikely to retire anytime soon, but he could soon be investing in cleantech with the retirement funds of some of his fellow Californians. Khosla Ventures is in “advanced talks,” peHub reports, with the California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS), which as […] Read more »

Funnily enough reports are coming in saying that nothing wrong with Amazon Web Services’ S3 service is working just fine for everyone. Hey maybe they should use it sometime… okay just a bad joke on my part. Looks like the https version of the site is […] Read more »

As we’ve covered several times already, Firefox 3 is on the verge of being released (RC2 came out a couple of days ago). The new version is, at this point, very solid – faster than FF2 and with a lower memory footprint (though of course your […] Read more »

The Federal Trade Commission, after two years of looking into allegations that Intel has behaved anticompetitively in the microprocessor market, has decided to act, announcing a formal probe. At issue is whether Intel offered PC makers rebates to use its chips instead of AMD’s. Intel issued […] Read more »

Entertainment is vital to Los Angeles, especially video entertainment. So it has to be embarrassing for Time Warner Cable to be told by the city, in a lawsuit, that its cable TV service sucks. Nobody likes to be told this sort of thing. But looking past […] Read more »

Geeks everywhere who (like to think they) have style are eagerly awaiting Apple’s developer conference keynote on Monday, hoping for an improved iPhone. Rumor has it the phone will be cheaper and better — and most importantly, will use an improved 3G wireless network. And since […] Read more »

CLICK HERE to download the file and listen directly.MoTR 136 is 35:20 minutes long and is a 32.4 MB file in MP3 format. INTRO: Based on “Time v2.1″ by Meta Sektion, additional mixing by James Kendrick.HOSTS: James Kendrick (Houston), Matthew Miller (Seattle) and Kevin C. Tofel […] Read more »

With Trina Solar’s (TSL) announcement this morning that its quarterly earnings had more than doubled, you’d expect to see the solar cell maker’s shares at least rise slightly this morning. Not so much. There’s still that little problem of the rising cost of polysilicon, which has […] Read more »

MPAA Sends Takedown Notices to Laser Printers; study shows how indiscriminate organizations are when identifying potential copyright violations. (Bits Blog) Howcast Signs Distribution Deals; how-to video company will get content from places like 60Frames, Popular Science and Playboy. (TVWeek) YouTube Launches Reporter Channel; just as there […] Read more »

Matt Miller took his first close-up look at Nokia’s N78 and I think this phone is going to surprise many folks with its feature set. There’s a few "firsts" involved as the N78 offers an FM transmitter to allow for audio streaming to your car or […] Read more »

Rediff (NSDQ: REDF) has spruced up its Product search, adding two high level categories – Electronics (16 sub categories) and Automobiles (t… Read more »

Having recently completed its purchase of UK social net Bebo, AOL (NYSE: TWX) is finally ready to bring Platform-A, its collection of ad uni… Read more »

To the envy of developers everywhere, Google Software Engineers are granted what they call their “20% time.”  As a result, Google coders get 20% of their working time to work on projects that the developers select away from management approval.  Many well-known Google projects have resulted […] Read more »

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid faces a tough choice following a successful Republican filibuster of the first serious legislation to tackle climate change. The bill, America’s Climate Security Act of 2007, proposes to setup a cap-and-trade system to manage carbon emissions. Today Democrats fell 12 votes […] Read more »

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