Stories for May. 30, 2008

Woe to the ethanol makers out there, because higher corn prices this summer will mean even more shrinking profits for ethanol producers says a report from Texas A&M University. There’s also the potential for more variability in the price of corn this summer, because supply is […] Read more »

We looked at site-specific browsers last year – desktop applications that capture a single web site so that you can interact with it outside the bounds of your browser. A new entrant in this field, Bubbles, is out with some intriguing features that advance the state […] Read more »

The FTC has given investor Carl Icahn the right to buy more shares of Yahoo (NSDQ: YHOO), according to Reuters. When Icahn’s stake in Yahoo… Read more »

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When it comes to the widget ecosystem, lavishly funded companies like Slide, Clearspring and RockYou hog the limelight. But it is Userplane, now a subsidiary of AOL, that seems to be revving up the money engine without much fanfare. The company that started out offering a […] Read more »

While it’s not cold fusion, the latest claimed breakthrough from the laboratories of the nefariously named Blacklight Power does defy some laws of physics. The startup announced this week that they have created a 50,000-watt prototype of a new fuel source by lowering the energy level […] Read more »

Watercooler, which makes fan community applications for social networks like Facebook and MySpace, has some 22 million registered users talking about their favorite TV shows and sports team, playing trivia games and sharing information. What it didn’t have until this week was the actual video content […] Read more »

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There’s been a little buzz in the blogging world this week about Musion, who call themselves “the world leader in 3D holographic projection.” This was triggered by Guy Kawasaki linking to a video showing Cisco CEO John Chambers chatting on stage with a couple of his […] Read more »

Prince is once again battling the YouTube masses over videos from a recent performance being posted online — only this time the copyright question is a little more complex. During the recent Coachella music festival, the Purple One covered Radiohead’s Creep (ed. note: awesome). Stoked fans […] Read more »

Comcast Hack Not Related to BitTorrent; two guys who took over the cable company’s homepage were just mad at the company, got in over their heads. (Threat Level) Turner to Air Two-Minute Show-mercials; Commuter Confidential will be a Revlon and Match.com-sponsored microseries that will tell a […] Read more »

Twitter, in a post on its blog, has acknowledged that it’s been having problems. It attributes some (not all) of them to so-called “popular” users that it says overloaded the system when they sent updates in too quick a succession. In other words, it was a […] Read more »

While we do talk a lot about data storage and security here at WWD – today I want to switch gears and discuss personal, or personnel, continuity. In my business I’m mostly a one man show, and when schedules run amok or there is illness in […] Read more »

Canada’s first emissions trading market, the Montreal Climate Exchange, opened for business this morning, becoming part of the $64 billion global carbon-credit market. The exchange is a joint venture between the Montréal Exchange (MX) and the Chicago Climate Exchange (CCX), and participating companies can buy and […] Read more »

Depending which iPhone rumor you believe, the 3G version of iPhone has either been delayed or already landed on U.S. shores and is on its way to being announced at Apple’s WWDC in San Francisco next month. The interest in the 3G version of the iPhone […] Read more »

There’s a new entrant in the online drawing tools market: Flowchart.com. Though they make their pitch as a flowcharting tool, they’re really a general-purpose shapes-and-connectors application, along the lines of Visio or OmniGraffle. Their UI is largely JavaScript-based, but seems reasonably responsive. In addition to creating […] Read more »

Dear Comcast, Thank you for spoiling last night’s season finale of Lost. Because of the key queuing issue with your set top boxes, two separate plot points from the show were ruined. It’s the same problem we’ve written about before, and it’s getting worse. I pushed […] Read more »

Web apps you can use offline won’t be relegated to the desktop if I’m reading this Opera press release correctly. Google Gears, the open-source browser extension that lets you take your online experience offline, is coming to both desktop and mobile browsers via Opera. Opera Mobile […] Read more »

I wasn’t the only one who reported an initial problem with the latest update to OS X 10.5.3 but I’m happy to report a success the second time around.  Last night I decided to give the update a second try since I had rebuilt my MacBook […] Read more »

EatLime, a personal video-sharing startup, is moving at warp speed. In November its two young founders, then operating a general file-sharing site in Toronto called YouSwap, visited the Bay Area. In January, they moved to Sunnyvale. In April, they launched their current site, honing in on […] Read more »

Back when broadband Internet access was made available to homes in the late 1990′s, teleworking took off.  In businesses, employees were allowed to work from home part time (in some cases, full time) and many home based businesses took off, allowing small time entrepreneurs to have […] Read more »

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