Stories for May. 21, 2008

Call it Habbo Hotel meets Web 2.0. A free, web-based, casual virtual world with 2.5D graphics aimed at teens 13 and up, SmallWorlds, whose public beta launches today, at first looks like a more graphically rich version of the phenomenally successful (if aging) Finnish MMO. Like […] Read more »

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Orange, the mobile arm of France Telecom, is marketing affordable plans to make it easy for you to use your mobile phone while traveling to some European countries. When traveling abroad, travelers who want to take their mobile phones along for connectivity feel the sting with […] Read more »

Although we at GigaOM are well aware that we’re part of the next generation of media, much of what we do and how we do it is governed by some of the most basic rules of traditional journalism, a profession whose ethics and mission we hold […] Read more »

We’ve offered you plenty of coverage of OpenID here at WWD: from early coverage when OpenID was in its infancy, through a look at the balance between providers and consumers, to dutifully mentioning when sites that we cover support OpenID. And yet, despite these various deep dives and having tried several OpenID providers myself, I have to confess: I just don’t use OpenID. Beyond that, it’s starting to look like a bad solution to a marginal problem… Read more »

After a rocky start, Solarfun may finally be winning the respect of investors. Its stock is up 8 percent in Wednesday trading after delivering earnings that showed revenue in the first quarter of 2008 had grown six-fold from the same period a year ago. Net profit […] Read more »

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PBS is partnering with social news service Reddit to pilot a television series called YourWeek that combines user-submitted video segments and in-studio commentary. Reddit went public with its plans today in order to solicit user participation for the series pilot, which is supposed to be posted […] Read more »

MySpace Brings Banzai Back Online; webisodes of the faux Japanese game show will have a 30-day exclusive window on the social network. (TVWeek) Howcast Expands Distribution Platform; how-to video site signs pacts with AOL, Metacafe, Bebo and (release) Let LisaNova’s Boobs Boost Your Playcount; comedian […] Read more »

Sarah sent us an email: Can you make a suggestion for a program to store contacts? Currently, my clients and I use Gmail Calendar for appts, Gmail for email, but there’s no good Google product for contacts. Any suggestions would be appreciated. Thanks! Sarah is right. […] Read more »

With an undisclosed investment in femtocell company ip.access, Qualcomm is raising the profile of the nascent market. Femtocells are tiny base stations that connect to a consumer’s existing broadband connection to improve cellular reception in a home or office. Carriers such as Sprint, Orange and TMobile […] Read more »

Using the directions feature of Google maps was an indispensable tool when I used to drive around town. Now that I moved to New York, I rely on the subways to get around and Gypsy Maps to tell me how. I’m generally pretty lazy, so once […] Read more »

Tungle, the meeting coordination web service we covered in February, has made it easier to coordinate meetings with your more mobile colleagues. The newly announced BlackBerry optimized mobile website features the Tungle web service, specially formatted for the BlackBerry’s screen.  After the meeting has been scheduled […] Read more »

Venture firms have made partners out of the rich, the famous and now the spooky. VantagePoint Partners has added R. James Woolsey, former director of the Central Intelligence Agency, as a Venture Partner. Woolsey joins as part of VantagePoint’s cleantech team expansion, which also included the […] Read more »

There’s not a 100% overlap between web work and flexible work, but certainly many of us are in both worlds. The folks at FlexPaths want to help people who are interested in flexible work: telecommuting, working fewer days per week, spending more time out of the […] Read more »

Did you know that both Tom Hanks and Crispin Glover made appearances on the sitcom Family Ties? Enjoy those before-they-were-stars moments courtesy of CBS, which added Ties and a slew of classic TV shows to its online lineup. The network is new streaming episodes of The […] Read more »

Ocean seeding startup Climos said back in March that it had become the world’s first venture capital-backed startup planning to attempt the controversial technique of fertilizing the oceans with iron to fight climate change; Climos was able to convince Tesla Chairman Elon Musk and Braemar Energy […] Read more »

Well this press release makes perfect sense when you think about it. In fact, we probably should have seen this coming. Celio has just joined the Citrix Ready Program, making the REDFLY an even more attractive tool for the enterprise. And for those running a data […] Read more »

Executives at Time Warner concerned with how to spin out its Time Warner Cable division seem to believe that saddling a cash-generating business in an increasingly competitive market with a lot of debt is good. It’s good for Time Warner Cable shareholders (including Time Warner), who […] Read more »

So you thought you’d escaped the cubicle farm when you decided to put down roots in your local coworking community? Think again! The cubicle is back! At Leeds’ The Round Foundry in the UK, entrepreneurs in the creative and digital industries can opt for traditional serviced […] Read more »

Reader Bob Kawaratani informed us that HP has released the Mini-Note for sale in Japan and at pricing competitive with the US pricing.  The high-end model with 2 GB of RAM, 160 GB hard drive and Vista Basic can be purchased for the equivalent of less […] Read more »

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