Stories for May. 26, 2008

Meet Refresh The Net, an accompanying blog for our conference Structure’08. The mini-blog is going to feature thoughts from some of the speakers and attendees at the conference, and why they believe that the Internet infrastructure should be rethought. We hope to offer these articles and […] Read more »

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Spanning Sync, the iCal/Google Calendar synchronizer that we’ve mentioned before, is out with a beta of their 2.0 version. In addition to “performance and reliability” improvements for their calendar sync, they’ve added a big new feature: synchronization between your Mac’s Address Book and your GMail contacts. […] Read more »

just before a big holiday weekend and an overseas trip my web hosting company’s server for my main email account imploded. For the past day, no email. While that company will go nameless for now (out of respect for three years of great service), I’m definitely […] Read more »

The perfect productivity system is the web worker’s Holy Grail. But, like the Grail, this productivity system is surrounded by myth. Is the perfect productivity system just out there waiting to be discovered, or is it something you have to make on your own? I think […] Read more »

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The uproar over Charter Communications testing out a deep-packet inspection system to deliver advertising to its customers is far quieter than the one that erupted over similar plans by British ISPs, but it, too, has led to government questions about privacy and what rights a web surfer has online. I chatted this week with Bob Dykes, CEO of NebuAd, the company that’s providing the ad-insertion service to Charter, about the company’s privacy practices and the motivation of the ISPs that underpins such intrusive monitoring. Read more »

Cleartrip has tied up with Star India’s mobile application PLUS, to deliver travel related information to users. The service allows users to… Read more »

Earlier this week I posted a short two line piece about Dutch telephone company KPN acquiring 41% stake in Reggefiber, suggesting that as a result KPN had bought into Amsterdam Internet Exchange. KPN bought a piece of the company to get into the FTTH business. Subsequent […] Read more »

You know how for some sites Google will surface internal pages and subdirectories directly within its search results? I don’t know that there’s an official term for these, but Google’s search rankings guru Matt Cutts described them as “useful links from within a site” in a […] Read more »

America’s favorite pastime has got to stay current with the times, especially going into a summer with projections of record-high gas prices. Major League Baseball is working to green its image. The Seattle Mariners opened their season with the first fully carbon offset baseball game. The […] Read more »

Stories for May. 25, 2008

Twitter, our favorite tool for narcissism and the eponymously named San Francisco company behind the service may not have a business model, but it surely has the buzz. Whether it is their new round of funding or their inability to keep the service running — the […] Read more »

Mobile operators getting into the mobile TV should not forget about femtocells and sideloading, according to a new report from Analysys Mason. Concerns over the ability of existing 3G networks to deliver video are pushing operators to combine 3G networks with dedicated mobile broadcast networks like […] Read more »

DSL Speeds and prices around the world went up 4.7% and 9.3% during the first quarter of 2008, according to Point Topic, a consulting firm that tracks broadband tariffs around the planet. The average price for a residential DSL connection at the end of Q1 2008 […] Read more »

I recently had dinner with a friend of mine, a physician-turned-businessperson-turned-founder. We were discussing the virtues of transferable skills, and I asked him what management tools he brings to entrepreneurship from his earlier career in medicine. He pondered a bit before confessing that radiology skills don’t, […] Read more »

I get very nervous when I ride shotgun with people who decide to read their Blackberry or send text messages when driving. It is an inherently stupid and dumb thing to do, considering that not only it puts their own well being at risk, it raises […] Read more »

Whether you design web sites for a living, put together product brochures, or just maintain a blog, you’re likely to find yourself wanting to incorporate pictures as part of your web work. Unless you’re a photographer, this means finding images from other people – and most […] Read more »

Stories for May. 24, 2008

Perhaps still smarting from their precious Firefly being killed off so soon, Joss Whedon fans are already mobilizing to save his next show, Dollhouse… before the first episode airs. The Underwire blog writes that rabid Whedonistas are activating, forming (which sounds like it’s for an […] Read more »

Another week, another set of big cleantech deals. Mucho dinero could be moving soon from Spanish Iberdrola to American renewable energy projects to the tune of $8 billion. On a smaller scale, a number of cleantech startups have gotten funds and been making deals too. In […] Read more »

It’s been several days since I dropped off the MacBook Pro for the logic board replacement.  The Genius at the Apple Store told me it would be ready the next day which was three days ago but alas I have not heard from the cult since […] Read more »

I work as an attorney to a lot of company founders, and I know from experience that when the time comes to negotiate a round of funding, entrepreneurs often find themselves at a disadvantage. Much of it has to do with language. There is an array […] Read more »

With over 70 percent of the earth’s surface covered in water, a number that is likely to only increase in the coming years, it makes sense for cleantech entrepreneurs to head out to sea to collect energy in and on our oceans. Putting expensive energy generation […] Read more »

As any web worker who has to visit far-flung clients knows, dealing with airport security in the USA can be a time-consuming nuisance. According to USA Today, though, there may be a tiny bit of relief in sight. The TSA is collaborating with manufacturers including Targus and Skooba Design to create “checkpoint-friendly” laptop cases. If you buy one of these cases – likely in a few months – you won’t have to take your laptop out at the checkpoint. Read more »

A formal communication just in from Bharti Airtel, saying that they’re pulling out of the MTN talks:

“At the invitation of MTN board, Bhart… Read more »

The popular BitTorrent web site Mininova was sued by the Dutch anti-piracy organization BREIN this week in a bid to get Mininova to filter unlicensed content. The organization has had some success in the past against Edonkey and BitTorrent web sites, so there is at least […] Read more »

Stories for May. 23, 2008
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