Stories for Jul. 14, 2008

A widely-reported survey done earlier this year by job site Dice Holdings comes up with a somewhat perplexing result: 37% of the IT professionals they surveyed said they would be willing to take up to a 10% pay cut to telecommute. On the one hand, this seems like an obvious reaction to the spiraling cost of gasoline. But on the other, it seems like a very one-sided way to look at the economics of telecommuting. Read more »

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In an attempt to raise the availability of ethanol at American gas stations above a paltry 1 percent, General Motors and the National Governors Association said yesterday they will work together to expand the nation’s ethanol infrastructure to make sure there are pumps ready for next-generation […] Read more »

As we first reported last week, New York Media, the parent company of New York magazine and website has bought out Menupages, the… Read more »

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If you’re like me, you’re faced with a barrage of web links coming at you from all directions throughout your work day, be it the RSS reader, email or the twitter stream. It’s really easy to get distracted. As much as I try to resist, I […] Read more »

Curious how my "cloud-computing" challenge is going? You’ll want to tune in to a video interview that I’m doing tomorrow with Ian Dixon. Ian asked to do a podcast about my web-only experience and while he will have the audio interview available as a regular, audio […] Read more »

Sen. Richard Lugar (R-Ind.) and Secretary of the Treasury Henry Paulson penned a piece in today’s Washington Post that pushes the president’s proposed $10 billion international Clean Technology Fund. The fund, which Bush referenced in his State of the Union address this year, is designed to […] Read more »

NBC Says It’s 85 Percent Sold Out of Olympics Ad Inventory; video has a heavy presence in the mix, but with pre- and post-rolls only, there are no overlays to conform to Olympic standards. (MediaWeek) Home DVD Sales Holding Up; consumer spending (buying and renting) on […] Read more »

We’ve looked at several free CRM (Customer Relations Management) packages in the past. Now there’s a new entrant in the category: Bizroof is offering free accounts for their hosted offering, which handles a good chunk of tracking functionality. Their FAQ says that there will free accounts, […] Read more »

School Software Office Alternatives? A Macbook, 3G… and a PS3 Dual vs Quad, 10.4 vs Tiger, Leopard iPhone Lines, Quanitites, how soon to start waiting? Read more »

Sand 9, a Boston University spinoff, has received $8 million in a Series A round from Flybridge Capital Partners and General Catalyst Partners. An early-stage investment in a fabless chip company is notable, simply because there are fewer of them than ever. While the firm isn’t […] Read more »

There has been a bit of confusion over the existence of Mac-to-MobileMe push, as explained by this article on MacRumors. Apparently as it stands, there is no way to “push” changes made in Address Book and iCal up to MobileMe right away; instead you have to […] Read more »

Fox Interactive Media took a chunk out of Google and the rest of the competition’s U.S. video views in May, according to comScore. FIM’s major video property is MySpaceTV, while YouTube accounts for 98 percent of Google’s video views. YouTube usually just grows its share of […] Read more »

Google and Veoh have introduced new video ad initiatives to help publishers and marketers connect with consumers. Google released new ad video ad units that support 728×90 and 160×600 formats. Unlike the old formats, these new units are standard IAB sizes that should fit more easily […] Read more »

[qi:_earth2tech] Electric car startup Tesla Motors has raised more than $100 million in funding from Silicon Valley venture firms and has its roots in the Valley’s entrepreneurial culture. So it should come as no surprise that next week, on July 22, the company will open its […] Read more »

Republican Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, who has endorsed McCain for president, said this weekend that he would consider a position as Obama’s energy czar. While Obama has praised the governor for his climate change policies, it’s still a strange bit of news. Meanwhile the president made another […] Read more »

lonelygirl15, the pioneering online video series, will conclude on Aug. 1 to make way for a new show from its creators and their new company, EQAL. This announcement was buried in the second paragraph of an official blog post that came out July 4 about EQAL […] Read more »

With an undisclosed investment in Social Gaming Network by his personal fund, Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos is proving Om right. Back in May, when Bezos invested in Kongregate, another casual gaming site, Om thought it might be the first of many. May is also […] Read more »

Electric car startup Tesla Motors will open its second store, this one in Silicon Valley, to the public on Tuesday, July 22, the company tells us this morning. Tesla CEO Ze’ev Drori wrote an announcement on the company’s web site this weekend that details the company’s […] Read more »

As expected, Palm introduced their newest Windows Mobile 6.1 Treo today: the 800w has arrived. While I wouldn’t call the unit groundbreaking when compared to other recent devices, it’s a positive step for fans of the Treo form factor. The touchscreen display is a nice 320 […] Read more »

[qi:_newteevee] The latest skirmish in the ongoing Viacom v. YouTube billion-dollar lawsuit battle is over how YouTube employees used their own site. It’s been a nutty couple of weeks for the high-profile case. First a federal judge ordered YouTube to hand over its user data to […] Read more »

Well, that didn’t take long. Despite the activation hassles, despite the cost, Apple had a phenomenally successful opening weekend for the iPhone 3G: by Sunday, over 1 million of them had been sold. That’s a lot of phones – and perhaps more than phones: Om Malik […] Read more »

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