Stories for May. 28, 2008

Strands, a Corvallis, Ore.-based startup that has shown success in the music social recommendation space, is relaunching into a private beta online activity aggregation service. The company hopes to take the lifestreaming features offered by Web 2.0 darling FriendFeed a step further by adding the […] Read more »

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There’s a quiet race going on to be the first in the U.S. to turn the country’s waste and biomass into next-generation ethanol at a large scale; as companies make progress it’s getting louder. Ethanol producer Verenium said today it has officially opened a demonstration facility […] Read more »

The American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA) reached a tentative deal with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP) early this morning in a move that will ease — but not eliminate — fears of an actors strike. New media was a […] Read more »

Past WWD contributor Leo Babauta has teamed up with LifeDev’s Glen Stansberry to launch Web Warrior Tools, a new ebook publishing house. Their plan is to present “ridiculously useful, powerful tools to change your life” at a reasonable price: $6 to $9 for offerings ranging from […] Read more »

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Yesterday Microsoft showed a few things about the next generation operating system, Windows 7.  First up they showed they can’t keep their self-imposed silence about it and just had to show a little of the forthcoming innovation in Windows 7.  This apparently means predominantly multi-touch, the […] Read more »

Virtualization superstar VMware said today it would purchase Israeli startup B-hive Networks for an undisclosed amount. The B-hive team will form the base of VMware’s development center in Israel and give VMware a better way to track performance among virtualized machines. Typically, performance mapping and monitoring […] Read more »

I’m in Tokyo right now and having recently let my .mac account lapse, I’m trying out several different ways of giving my family and friends back home a glimpse of what I’m seeing. Kinverge is a social network designed for just this task. Unlike most social […] Read more »

TiVo announced today that its subscribers will soon be able to rent Disney movies through their DVRs directly from their TVs. The service will be provided through an arrangement with CinemaNow. Details like pricing, titles, and when the service will be available were not part of […] Read more »

We told you a few weeks ago that was looking for video submissions of you all telling Google how much you wanted a plug-in electric vehicle (PHEV). Google has now officially sent out their call for videos and unveiled they’re grander PHEV scheme. and […] Read more »

While it hasn’t yet decided to offer a cloud computing service, Hewlett-Packard today said it will combine its high-performance computing unit with it’s Web 2.0 and cloud computing infrastructure businesses to create the Scalability Computing Initiative, a name that will refer both to a business unit […] Read more »

The New York Times, earlier this week pointed out that browser wars had erupted again with Mozilla Corp’s Firefox, Microsoft’s Internet Explorer and Apple’s Safari looking to one-up each other. While that certainly is true, the browser wars on the desktop are not as interesting as […] Read more »

Ever go to a film festival and think, “Phsaw. I can pick better movies than that.” Well, now you’ll get that chance, as IndieFlix has launched MyFestival, a place where you, the viewer can stream full movies in contention and vote for which one gets into […] Read more »

First we had Texas utility Oncor sign a $690 million deal for smart meters and now North Carolina-based Duke Energy has announced ambitious plans to build a statewide smart grid network. Starting in Indiana, the proposal would include more than 800,000 new digital “smart meters” — […] Read more »

Stories for May. 27, 2008

Akamai Technologies’ new State of the Internet report, released today and likely every quarter has some interesting findings about the state of the broadband around the world. (Related Posts: OECD report.) Through our globally deployed server network and by virtue of the billions of requests for […] Read more »

In the middle of apprehensions about the major editorial changes at Wall Street Journal, some reassurance from Les Hinton, the new-ish CEO D… Read more »

Foreign Body, the new online series from Michael Eisner’s Vuguru and book publisher Putnam, launched the first of 50 episodes today. The series is doing double duty as the prequel to, and a promotional vehicle for the upcoming Robin Cook book of the same name and […] Read more »

Besides the Jeff Bezos sighting at D6 this evening, some more news from Amazon (NSDQ: AMZN), a slightly surprising one considering the sello… Read more »

As has been customary for the last two years I have attended the D conference, the first post is always about the schwag bag…and there is… Read more »

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