Stories for Jun. 20, 2008

In an interview published this morning in the Financial Times, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer said he wouldn’t be looking to pick up any other Internet companies just because the Yahoo deal failed. One can only imagine how far shares of Facebook would have plummeted on that […] Read more »

FON showed great promise, attacking the fragmented wifi hotspot market and placing pressure on 3G broadband providers by harnessing the energy of the very people that would benefit from its service. The promise of a disruptive user-owned global wifi network was a large part of the company’s marketing, playing on the iconography and language of revolution. With $22m in funding from Google, Skype and venture capitalists, the company seemed poised for success…so what went wrong? Read more »

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Corporate spin alert: Verizon’s president and COO, Dennis Strigl, in a speech this week suggested that three-quarters of American households have two broadband providers to choose from. He went on to compare the broadband penetration of Massachusetts and New Jersey with that of Korea and Japan. I think his analogy needs a closer look. Read more »

Joining the Viacom (NYSE: VIA) and TF1 lawsuits, Spain’s Telecinco channel is the latest to sue YouTube, claiming intellectual property infringement. Mario Rodriguez, general secretary of the country’s number-one network, said “YouTube was hurting Telecinco by airing episodes of popular television shows which the chain holds […] Read more »

Joining the Viacom (NYSE: VIA) and TF1 lawsuits, Spain’s Telecinco channel is the latest to sue YouTube, claiming intellectual property infringement. Mario Rodriguez, general secretary of the country’s number-one network, said “YouTube was hurting Telecinco by airing episodes of popular television shows which the chain holds […] Read more »

Parisians can thank their progressive, socialist mayor for a plan to make the city a friendly place for green-minded commuters. As The Guardian reports, Paris Mayor Bertrand Delanoë yesterday said that by the end of 2009, some 4,000 electric cars will be scattered throughout the city […] Read more »

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T. Boone Pickens is set to spend $12 billion on the world’s largest wind farm in the Texas panhandle, but his water investment in the area — around a $100 million so far — could make an equally big splash for the ex-oilman. According to Business […] Read more »

Stories for Jun. 19, 2008

That’s it. France will officially endorsed its three-strikes-and-your-out music piracy proposal and will introduce the measure in January. T… Read more »

On February 27th, Apple announced that it had sold 4 billion songs total in the iTunes Music Store. Today, Apple quietly announced that it has now sold over 5 billion songs. Let’s do some quick math. It has been 114 days. One billion songs in 114 […] Read more »

Israel is getting a pond scum-to-fuel plant. This week Seattle-based startup Inventure Chemical clarified its partnership with Israeli algae-producer Seambiotic. The two companies say together they willbuild a pilot algae-to-biofuel plant that will use algae fed with carbon emissions. (We previously profiled Inventure here) The joint […] Read more »

Yahoo will add video to a new release of cricket.yahoo.com, said Satish Menon, head of the company’s video syndication platform division, when we spoke on a panel at Supernova on Wednesday. We live-streamed a short interview with Menon after the panel (see above) Menon emailed us […] Read more »

Mac-using baseball fans rejoice! Out of the Park Developments has released Out of the Park Baseball 9 (OOTP 9), a major update to its professional baseball simulator. For those unfamiliar with it, OOTP 9 allows you to play general manager of a professional baseball team. OOTP […] Read more »

Intel’s SpectraWatt Gets Silicon from PV Crystalox Solar: We already told you chipmaker Intel spun out solar startup Spectrawatt. Now the spin-off has sourced its silicon for the next five years from PV Crystalox Solar – Gunter Portfolio. ZENN Moving to Sell EVs in Canada: ZENN […] Read more »

Sometimes I just feel so…out of touch. Who is “Fred” and why is he so freaking huge on YouTube? Seriously. He has four of the site’s top 20 videos this month, attracting a total of more than 12.7 million plays. Of the 16 videos he’s posted, […] Read more »

OK, so AMD refuses to comment on rumors that it plans to introduce a low-power chip aimed at the mobile Internet device market, where it would compete with Intel’s Atom chipset and offerings from several other rivals. And it refuses to claim a block diagram floated […] Read more »

It’s a Web 2.0 rule-of-thumb: Give users a chance to create content, and odds are pretty good they’ll start with sex. Last week I got a sneak peek of the standalone Creature Creator for Spore, Electronic Arts/Maxis’ long-anticipated upcoming computer game which not only encourages players […] Read more »

I enjoyed the format of PC World’s recent OS Smackdown. Rather than doing a smattering of tests that many of us have seen before, the publication asked four experts on four operating systems, respectively–Linux, Mac OS X, Windows Vista, and Windows XP–to expound on why their […] Read more »

What do you do with a failed TV pilot from 2006, starring then-unknown Thomas Dekker (John Conner in Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles)? If you’re director Billy Dickson and producer Chad Cooperman, you cut it up in into 5-minute chunks to create a web series, perfectly […] Read more »

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