Stories for Jul. 16, 2008

Thanks, Google. We knew someone would listen when we posted our list of 25 things that annoy us about Google services. Here’s the proof: in GMail, you now have the option to decide which addresses you email should get added to your main contacts list. To […] Read more »

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Sometimes, a man’s gotta do what a man’s gotta do. In Joss Whedon’s case, what he felt he had to do was make an online musical about a super villain who keeps getting foiled by a hero as he pines after the girl from the laundromat. […] Read more »

The battle over Yahoo’s search business as witnessed over the last few days seems both ridiculous and petty. And it takes the attention away from what is Yahoo’s true value: a media aggregation platform. Yahoo is the place a lot of people — some 400 million […] Read more »

Whether you want to take your web working career into a different direction or you simply want a refreshing distraction from your regular web work, it’s likely that you’ll consider changing your niche market at least once in your career. What are the consequences of changing […] Read more »

The idea of putting a data center in a shipping container and deploying it to various locales on an emergency or as-needed basis isn’t terribly new. Folks including the federal government, IBM, Sun Microsystems and Google (who has patented the concept) have done it for years. […] Read more »

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The first annual North American solar conference kicked off on Tuesday with a lot of insight and discussion from some of the solar industry’s bigger and more well-established players (Applied Materials. SunPower). But leave it to the wily fast-moving startups to upstage the big guys when […] Read more »

The answer to our carbon emissions woes lies far below the sea, at least according to a new paper from researchers at Columbia University (hat tip The paper, entitled “Carbon dioxide sequestration in deep-sea basalt,” which was published in the latest issue of the Proceedings […] Read more »

Stories for Jul. 15, 2008

Ready for a quick politics break? Oh wait, no such thing (in the U.S. at least); this upcoming election hasn’t stopped dominating the news for a year now. Well, now the race is really on: JibJab released its latest political video tonight, establishing its depictions of […] Read more »

Video search company Blinkx announced tonight a “red-label” search product — which basically sounds like it’s making a self-service version of its white-label deals. The company will give free access to its search engine for sites with fewer than 10,000 searches per day, and ask partners […] Read more »

Solar cell and panel maker SunPower says that in just 4 years its technology, which is some of the most efficient on the market, will be able to produce solar electricity for half of the current price. SunPower’s VP of Technology & Development William Mulligan gave […] Read more »

The promise of APIs is that they make it easy to integrate different services — even those provided by different vendors — into a single application. But is simply providing an API to your telephony infrastructure enough to prompt the world to beat a path to your door? Don’t count on it. Read more »

Evergreen Solar Signs $1.2B Sales Contract: Solar manufacturer Evergreen Solar has entered into sales contract valued at approximately $1.2 billion with German-based IBC SOLAR AG and extends to 2013 – Press Release. Arisdyne Systems Raises $5.3M for Biofuel Production: With this financing Arisdyne has officially spun […] Read more »

It’s no secret that on today’s computers, the amount of memory you have is at least as important as which CPU you’re running–often more important. If you’re like me, and you tend to keep many applications and instances of browsers open at once, it can also […] Read more »

YouTube, Vimeo, Viddyou, Revver, Viddler — which one is your video-sharing site of choice? It’s a question that sprang to mind after I wrote about Matthew Harding’s global dancing video earlier this month. On Harding’s blog, he posted his first two videos using YouTube, but for […] Read more »

Nuventix, a startup that sells a cooling technology for consumer electronics and LED lighting systems, says it has raised $14 million led by Advanced Technology Ventures and including Braemar Energy Ventures. The Austin-based company says its technology, which uses quick pulses of air, is more efficient […] Read more »

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