Stories for Jul. 9, 2008

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Do only 4 percent of YouTube videos come from its partners? That’s another tidbit gleaned by the Wall Street Journal from an unnamed source in its story this morning about the site’s problems with monetization. A YouTube spokesperson declined to confirm or deny the figure. YouTube […] Read more »

Following the launch of his massive publicity campaign on Tuesday, T. Boone Pickens started to make the requisite rounds on major media to push the Pickens Plan. He kicked off the day as a guest host on CNBC’s Squawk Box, then sat down last night with […] Read more »

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Second Life is either peaking or busy crossing the chasm, depending on who you believe. IMVU stealthed its way to tons of users. Club Penguin found its windfall by figuring out how to reach children safely. Blizzard had revenues of $1.1 billion last year. Qwaq makes […] Read more »

Not every web worker is also a web designer – but many of us are, on scales from our own blog to giant commercial applications. If you find yourself pushing pixels and HTML and CSS around on a regular basis, you know that there’s an almost […] Read more »

The economic downturn, in particular the housing market slump, that has been pressuring U.S. telecom operators now seems to be extending to cable operators as well. After enjoying nearly eight quarters of solid growth, it looks like the U.S. cable telephony business is slowing down. The […] Read more »

[qi:_newteevee] The team behind the popular torrent site The Pirate Bay has started to work on a new encryption technology that could potentially protect all Internet traffic from prying eyes. The project, which is still in its initial stages, goes by the name “Transparent end-to-end encryption for the […] Read more »

Mumbai-based Seedfund, the early stage venture capital fund launched in 2006, may raise a second fund of $30 million, reports Business Stand… Read more »

GE Energy Financial Services, the investment arm of General Electric, said today that its investments in renewable energy have surpassed the $4 billion-mark with the investment of $100 million into three New York wind farms. In just five months, GE has added a billion dollars’ worth […] Read more »

One of the most indispensable utilities I use on the Windows platform is password manager Roboform Pro.  I have been using it for years and it turns logging into web sites into a no thought process.  There’s not a Mac version and I really miss it […] Read more »

Commenters were quick to condemn YouTube’s plan to add pre-rolls to its videos. With so many people hating on pre-rolls, why on earth would YouTube do it? Obviously, YouTube’s need to kick-start the cash flow is the biggest reason to implement the hated ad format, but […] Read more »

It’s clear that Apple told the major media today was the day that it was OK to talk about the iPhone 3G: Walt Mossberg, Edward Baig, and David Pogue are all out with major hands-on reviews. The general consensus seems to be that it’s a nice […] Read more »

Flixwagon Now Publicly Available; mobile broadcasting service also adds features like quality adjustments, two-way text chat, and group sharing. (TechCrunch) AFTRA Ratifies Studio Contract; actors’ union sticks it to SAG as 62 percent of AFTRA members vote “yes” to the deal, SAG set to give its […] Read more »

Topspin Media, a startup launched by former Yahoo Music General Manager Ian Rogers and widely regarded as digital-music maverick, has raised a new round of founding from Denver Boulder, Colorado-based VCs at The Foundry Group. The news was announced on the Foundry Group blog by partner […] Read more »

The boys in neon green/yellow have arrived… glad to see they brought their shovels! My guess would be that FiOS service will be available in my ‘hood by the end of August. That gives me plenty of time to figure out which plan I want. I’m […] Read more »

On the heels of Intel’s announcement that it had spun out and funded a solar startup doing “advanced solar cell technology” called SpectraWatt, Intel says it has invested €24 million (or $37.5 million) into German thin-film solar module maker Sulfurcell. Sulfurcell makes thin-film solar modules out […] Read more »

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