Stories for Jul. 14, 2008

Here’s a way to use solar power that’s not so great for the planet — enhanced oil recovery. The executive vice president of solar thermal startup Ausra, Robert Morgan, said on Monday at the Intersolar conference that the company is looking at selling its solar-powered steam […] Read more »

Paul of MoDaCo recently picked up an Advent 4211 (MSI Wind variant) and has perfected installing OS X on the mini-notebook.  Paul has documented in great detail the entire process to get it working on the Advent for those who have a desire to do so.  […] Read more »

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Over the past several days, Google has been busy posting many videos shot at its recent Google I/O and Developer Day events. These were held all around the world, and for anyone involved with not just Google’s tools, but many of the prevalent development tools of […] Read more »

GreenVolts, a three-year-old San Francisco-based solar startup is looking to raise a significant round of Series B funding of “less than $100 million” in late 2008, CEO Bob Cart told us at the Intersolar conference in downtown San Francisco on Monday. But that hoped-for round would […] Read more »

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TokBox, a free service that allows you to talk simply with your friends and co-workers over live video, has released a new downloadable application built using Adobe Air. With the new application, you do not have to be on TokBox’s website to accept or make video […] Read more »

We thought Opera Mobile 9.5 beta would be out by now but according to the Opera Mobile blog they have encountered some last minute show-stopping bugs that will delay its release to the public.  Opera Mobile 9.5 looks to be a killer mobile browser that will […] Read more »

These days, we are all swimming in a sea of data. And the traditional method of search — the one that involves first finding, then consuming the information — isn’t going to work for much longer. The company that can figure out a way to cut through the noise for us stands to make a boatload of money. Read more »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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