Stories for Jun. 27, 2008

Dropping out of college to launch your own company? Yawn. The real startup action is in the halls of your local high school. Case in point: Daniel Brusilovsky, the 15-year-old founder and CEO (yes, the CEO) of TeensinTech.com. Brusilovsky was easy to spot at our recent […] Read more »

Microsoft has agreed to buy Silicon Valley-based semantic search engine Powerset for over $100 million, VentureBeat is reporting today, a move that will apparently be announced next month. Powerset’s search technology uses the open-source, cluster-based technology Hadoop, which provides fast answers to queries by using the […] Read more »

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Daylife is a news aggregation site that I find more useful than Google News for exploring the current hot news: it does a good job of finding top stories and it’s easy to hop from one related story to another, or to see related topics, photos, […] Read more »

Google yesterday released Google Media Server, a tiny application that runs in the background on users’ desktops to send their media files as well as Picasa photos and YouTube video to a TV via a “universal plug-and-play” device like the PlayStation 3. You’ll need Windows, Google […] Read more »

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One of the questions that I really wanted to get answered at Structure 08 was what the chances of survival are for the myriad of startups out there building their businesses around Amazon’s Web Services. Companies such as RightScale, Hyperic and Soasta depend on both the […] Read more »

The last time I looked at OS X application Slife, as part of a roundup of automatic time-tracking tools, I wasn’t too impressed. The application seemed buggy and overpriced at the time. Fortunately, version 2.0 of Slife, released earlier this week, is a huge leap forward. […] Read more »

aniBoom has raised $10 million in a round led by Draper Fisher Jurvetson, as TechCrunch first reported yesterday. The second round for the Israeli startup was also led by DFJ Tamir Fishman Ventures and existing investor Evergreen Venture Partners, according to the release. The company had […] Read more »

Weeds Star to do Web Series; Romany Malco (“Conrad”) to release a new show on YouTube based on a character he’s developing called Tijuana Jackson. (New York Magazine) Two-Thirds of College Kids Watch Online Video; at the same time, rates of TV ownership dropped to 79 […] Read more »

I read an article this morning highlighting some very peculiar questions regarding how developers interact with customers via the iPhone/iPod Touch App store. I read all of them and the answers seemed so clear that I don’t know why Apple hasn’t answered them officially. Perhaps they […] Read more »

British Prime Minister Gordon Brown did not shy away from transformative language when he said yesterday that “business as usual” would not achieve the “green revolution” the UK must undertake. The EU has set a target for 15 percent of the country’s energy to be generated […] Read more »

Storing data in a server is a tried and tested process. In the cloud, however, storage is still a work in progress. And the cloud model puts increased pressure on networking and server equipment — and on vendors to make their components reliable. Read more »

The last remaining vestiges of dot-com survivor AtomFilms have been swept away as the site has officially been renamed Atom.com, gone all comedy and gotten a new look. The content is still a mix of pro content (developed or licensed by Atom) and user-generated content — […] Read more »

We’ve written positively about Outlook add-in Xobni several times in the past. It’s ability to index and cross-reference the contents of large Outlook archives makes it a good fit for those trying to tame a busy online life. But the latest feature indicates a whole new […] Read more »

One of the toughest parts about hosting a conference is all the work that still needs to be done after the lights are turned off. We’re currently busy trying to finalize the video clips — and consolidate them for your viewing pleasure — while at the […] Read more »

Wow, it’s already 9am and I haven’t posted a blasted thing. Blame FriendFeed, which continues to get more and more of my attention. Actually, I mean that in a positive way as I’ve noticed my Google Reader Trends diminishing daily due to FriendFeed. I’m finding a […] Read more »

I came across a comment about a small but useful utility I had not heard of before called Unplugged. This utility (in the form of a System Preferences panel) from Briksoftware watches for events related to your power cord being plugged or unplugged and notifies you […] Read more »

ActiveVideo Networks (formerly ICTV), is branching out beyond set-top boxes to enable professional web and social media content on almost any Internet-connected device. The company made a name for itself building interactive TV applications that would work on just about any existing set-top box provided by […] Read more »

Just because your office is virtual, it doesn’t mean it gets less cluttered than a physical cubicle. A misplaced file or unnecessary program here and there could grow into a big clutter monster. It may be digital, but it’ll affect the performance of your computer and, as a result, also affect your work. If you’re going to do some general cleaning anyway, why not consider these suggestions on keeping your digital workspace clutter-free? Read more »

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