Stories for Jul. 9, 2008

AFTRA, the smaller of Hollywood’s two performers unions, has ratified its earlier three year deal with the producers..the labor pact with ma… Read more »

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T. Boone Pickens laid out his grand ‘Pickens Plan’ on Tuesday (accompanied by a Web 2.0 media blitz) with the suggestion that natural gas could provide over a third of U.S. transportation fuels. While natural gas vehicles (NGVs) have been used for awhile in city-owned car […] Read more »

Stories for Jul. 8, 2008

Ribbit, a Mountain View, Calif.-based company that is pushing a VoIP platform that marries web with voice is subject of acquisition rumors this evening. VentureBeat reported that the company was close to being acquired by British Telecom (BT), but later changed their story. When contacted by […] Read more »

So in a couple of days the iPhone 3G is going to go on sale. Like many of you I am going to get this device as part of my duties as an intrepid reporter (and a shameless Apple-holic.) However, if you are rational, then you […] Read more »

The other virtual shoe finally dropped today– after a year and a half of rumors, Google (GOOG) now brings us Lively, a web-driven mini-virtual world. Not a contiguous, immersive, fully user-created metaverse like Second Life, as it turns out– so it’s not really a direct competitor– […] Read more »

Mevio, the online video network formerly known as PodShow, has raised another $15 million in funding, bringing it to a total of $38 million raised. That’s an awful lot of money — I think too much money — for a company that wants to produce and […] Read more »

Mippin (formerly Refresh Mobile), whose browser-based site presents content specially designed for mobile consumption, says it has named a new CEO and reached a milestone of 500,000 users. But I question its ability to survive. The London-based startup’s service also learns what users like and recommends […] Read more »

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GM to Get World’s Largest Rooftop Solar Installation: General Motors is set to get the world’s largest rooftop photovoltaic installation on one of its Spanish facilities. The system will have about 85,000 solar panels and peak capacity of 12 megawatts – BusinessWeek. Better Energy Gets Funding […] Read more »

After reading some of posts around the ‘Net about iPhone 3G pricing, I started to get worried. As a current iPhone owner and AT&T customer, I was really excited about the price drop. Then I heard from multiple sources that current AT&T customers who are not […] Read more »

I was reading through the blog for one of my favorite screen sharing applications, Yuuguu, and came across some interesting points about growing interest in screen sharing. A look at Google Trends shows that searches for “screen sharing” have risen hugely in the past year. Also, […] Read more »

While we laggards in the U.S. are still celebrating the FCC decision to (finally!) up the classification of broadband speeds to a lazy 768 kilobytes per second (but, hey, that’s up from 200 kilobytes per second) and lamenting our coming bandwidth caps, the Brits are prepping […] Read more »

The leaders of the world’s richest countries have squandered yet another opportunity to lead the global community when it comes to climate change. The G8 Summit in Japan has issued a classically vague and nonbinding statement endorsing the idea of halving carbon emissions by 2050, a […] Read more »

Working from home is something I do a lot and there is one thing I have to make sure I don’t forget to do regularly for my mental health.  Working from home is no different from working in an office in that you need to take […] Read more »

A study reported by the New York Times comes up with some numbers related to text messaging usage. According to them, in the US 82 percent of cellphone owners say that they never use text messaging, 3 percent use it monthly, and 15 percent use it […] Read more »

The National Association of Venture Capitals released a demographic study today that was pretty anticlimactic. They discovered that venture capitalists in charge of investing money were white (88 percent) and male (86 percent.) But the trade organization was encouraged by the fact that 81 percent of […] Read more »

Talk about a fast-paced market. We knew that the Eee PC 900 was getting put out to pasture in favor of other models, but now there’s a $100 incentive to clear the shelves. Liliputing notes that ZaReason has the offer and I noticed it earlier this […] Read more »

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