Stories for May. 21, 2008

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Love it or hate it, Twitter, a service that embodies our narcissism, is one that we can’t stop talking about. Even though it’s still a tool of the tech-elite, the San Francisco-based startup that came out of Ev Williams’ Odeo has become a favorite among the […] Read more »

Stories for May. 20, 2008

Widgets, Facebook Applications, OpenSocial Web 2.0 gee gaws – you got one of those, well you can get funded. And when I say funded, I mean really funded, even though many of these companies are still struggling to find a business model. This lack of a […] Read more »

Robert Scoble, the tech commentator who took his interview show from PodTech to Fast Company earlier this year, is working on a new show with online video studio Revision3, he disclosed today at a conference and later confirmed on Twitter. The show is to be called […] Read more »

Bebo, which recently lost its successful web drama KateModern, tomorrow launches a replacement of sorts: The Gap Year. The twist is, it’s a reality show, produced by Endemol. Over the last six months Bebo and Endemol have whittled down the entrants to six young people who […] Read more »

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VCs might dismiss small startups as “lifestyle companies,” since with only small investments needed they’re often too small for big VC firms to work with. But for the entrepreneurs themselves, it’s a way to keep control and avoid dilution. And there may be another reason not to take money, particularly if you’re targeting other small-businesses as customers: Personality. Read more »

Gizmodo is “confirming” that Apple will release a 3G iPhone next month at WWDC. This is a fairly widely circulated rumor – Gizmodo isn’t saying anything new, but is just betting all of their chips that it’s true. Leo Laporte has mentioned a couple of times […] Read more »

The US Patent Office has approved an Apple (NSDQ: AAPL) patent for what looks like an instant messenger application for the iPhone, with som… Read more »

Investment Up in Wind-Power Transmission Lines: Last week Boone Pickens vowed to build his own transmission lines for his giant wind farm and this week OGE says it will build 140 miles of transmission lines for 700 MW of wind power – Environmental Capital. Ener1 Raises […] Read more »

Well, it’s about time the s**t hit the fan. RedLasso, which has continually insisted that it would soon sign licensing deals for the TV content it rips and makes available to bloggers, has received a cease and desist letter from NBC, CBS, and FOX asking it […] Read more »

When it comes to the operations of Internet businesses, 99.999 percent uptime, or five nines, is one of the critical metrics of reliability. Yet that metric — essentially the ability to say that users will reliably be able to reach a business’ web site 99.999 percent […] Read more »

PC World has a good article out on 12 Downloads to Make Your Wi-Fi Life Easier, including a video on setting up a Wi-Fi network. It’s a good collection of downloads, most of them free. A few of their picks are applications I’ve used for a […] Read more »

How does a company like Dow Chemical, with a reputation attached to chemicals like napalm and DBCP (which made workers sterile), find itself in the green biz? Well according to Neil Hawkins, the company’s VP of sustainability, it’s by no means an act of philanthropy. Hawkins, […] Read more »

If you don’t work like a deskbound “knowledge worker,” why would you look for next big thing at at a traditional job board? That’s the question StartupAgents is those who are ready to jump into the world of startup software companies will be asking. StartupAgents is […] Read more »

I wrote about an effort us use millions of specialized embedded processors to build an energy-efficient (relatively) supercomputer that could run at speeds of up to 200 petaflops over at Earth2Tech. The Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory has signed a partnership with chip maker […] Read more »

Sandvine, the company behind the devices used by Comcast and others to block BitTorrent, has just introduced a network management tool called FairShare that aims to address Net Neutrality concerns. FairShare is supposed to allow ISPs to manage their networks with a protocol- and application-agnostic approach, […] Read more »

These photos are taken from the TED blog. Yves Behar, the designer for the XO Laptop discusses what V 2.0 will look like. The new XO laptop, set to arrive in 2010, looks like two giant iPhones glued side-by-side. An all-touchscreen interface, with accelerometers to orient […] Read more »

Addison Wesley Professional started shipping the Third Edition of Cocoa Programming for Mac OS X by Aaron Hillegass this month. Hillegass’ book is considered my most to be the de-facto intro-to-OS X programming text. I own (and have now recycled) the first edition of the book […] Read more »

A.nnotate offers a solution for those who have to review documents or web page designs with a far-flung group of people who may all be using different platforms: move the review online. After establishing an account, you can snapshot any web page for review, or upload […] Read more »

Just yesterday I noticed that on my UMPC I couldn’t use the integrated webcams natively with Microsoft OneNote. After reading the various reader comments, I took a new approach this morning. I got to thinking how this wasn’t an issue in Windows XP, so I decided […] Read more »

Supercomputers have long been used to predict how climate change will affect the Earth, but they use a lot of energy and generate a lot of heat in the process. I suppose it seemed a bit hypocritical to the guys at the Department of Energy’s Lawrence […] Read more »

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