Stories for Jul. 1, 2008

Recently, I did a post on video applications and utilities that can be of use to web workers. The readers weighed in with a lot of alternative selections in the comments, and I’ve got four more offbeat suggestions that I like, three of which are free. […] Read more »

As was first tipped last week, Microsoft (NSDQ: MSFT) has confirmed the acquisition of semantic search engine Powerset. The announcement was… Read more »

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Solarfun Power Holdings (SOLF) said Tuesday that it signed a long-term supply deal with Jiangsu Zhongneng Polysilicon. It also said it bought out Jiangsu Yangguang Solar. So overall, two pretty positive business deals for Solarfun. And how did the stock react? It fell nearly 8 percent. […] Read more »

It should be obvious by now that here at Web Worker Daily we are big fans of the Firefox web browser. We’ve covered the recent launch of Version 3 in detail and have published a good number of round-ups highlighting useful add-ons. Everyone has their own […] Read more »

Bomgar caught my eye with their tagline: “Virtualize Your People.” That certainly sounds web worker-friendly, and it turns out their products might be useful for some web workers as well. They make a series of network appliances designed to simplify remote access: with one of their […] Read more »

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Last week, OStatic noted the rumor, first reported by VentureBeat, that Microsoft intended to buy Silicon Valley semantic search engine Powerset for $100 million. Lo and behold, Microsoft and Powerset are confirming today that an acquisition agreement has been signed. The terms of the deal have […] Read more »

We all knew surging gasoline prices would hurt auto sales. But it’s happening a lot faster than many had guessed. Automakers are reporting their June sales figures today, and if red is your favorite color you may like what you see. Ford’s sales were down 28 […] Read more »

Apple has released OS X 10.5.4 (59 MB via Software Update) to the masses which includes the content of Security Update 2008-04. The update also includes improvements to AirPort reliability and speed, many iCal improvements, two secure surfing improvements to Safari and three Spaces & Exposé […] Read more »

As important as cloud computing is for startups and random, one-off projects at big companies, it still has a long way to go before it can prove its chops. So let’s turn down the noise level and add a dose of reality. Here are 10 reasons enterprises aren’t ready to trust the cloud. Read more »

Ahhh.  It’s so refreshing sitting here in the local Starbucks sipping the WiFi.  Nice thirst-quenching broadband.  It’s like a breath of fresh air after 3G only for a few days.  Not that 3G is bad or anything but let’s face it, broadband is BROADBAND.  :) Read more »

Thin-film solar technology, or thin layers of photovoltaics that can be printed onto flexible surfaces, will make up 28 percent of the solar market by 2012, says a report out this morning from Lux Research. Thin-film solar technology, which is being developed with materials like amorphous […] Read more »

Joss Whedon’s upcoming writers’ strike-inspired web series, Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog, is the closest thing to a sure hit online, even if it is going to be a musical (hey, that’s just unusual — not bad!). Turns out Whedon has a pretty interesting plan for pleasing […] Read more »

Apple and AT&T have made a great deal of noise about the iPhone 3G: “Twice as fast. Half the price.” But that marquee $199 price could be elusive, depending on your current relationship with AT&T. With the rollout of their latest iPhone product pages and the […] Read more »

Or Die Networks Branches Into Video Games; to launch in fall, as we reported earlier, the site will be video-based and won’t let you actually play games. (The Hollywood Reporter) Hollywood Make “Final Offer” to SAG; union most likely to wait a week and see […] Read more »

Stop the presses! It’s Tuesday morning and we love the Onion, so we feel obliged to point out this ridiculously awesome list of biofuel products in the Onion’s Obligatory Green Issue (the list is an oldie but a goodie). “Mentholanol” could get scarce if this legislation […] Read more »

Adobe, Google and Yahoo have announced they are banding together to enable searches through Flash content, but the service won’t index FLV files — meaning no new way to search YouTube videos. Perfecting video search seems to be a nagging issue for the industry, but it […] Read more »

Today Apple quietly launched iTunesU-K12, a resource for K-12 schools and districts throughout the United States. So far, only a few states have contributed (Arizona, Florida, Maine, Michigan, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Utah) with varying amounts of content available. iTunesU-K12 was announced at NECC (National Educational […] Read more »

As the average consumer embraces ever more complex technology, Verizon is offering a series of classes beginning in New York City to show consumers what their PDAs and smartphones can do for them. I’m sure many of our readers aren’t in need of such a class […] Read more »

The official press release that many folks have been waiting for is finally here: iPhone 3G pricing details. Sure, we all knew about the low, low $199 price for an 8GB, while you can double-down on your storage capacity for another $100. But what about non-qualified […] Read more »

Today‘s the first day that San Francisco residents can start applying for those thousands of dollars in rebates for their rooftop solar systems through one of the country’s most aggressive municipal solar programs. Residents can apply for the incentives of between $3,000 and $6,000 and businesses […] Read more »

I’ll come clean here: when Sony introduced the mylo line of personal communicators, my "mobile-tech meter" didn’t even register a beat. I couldn’t figure out if Sony was trying to get into the Sidekick business without a cellular radio or what. Now I’m having second thoughts […] Read more »

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