Stories for May. 15, 2008

It’s fitting that San Francisco decided to announce a major boost in solar power capacity during a week in which the sun is blazing down on the city with an unseasonable intensity. San Francisco has approved plans for solar startup Recurrent Energy to build and operate […] Read more »

When planning a vacation, it’s hard to find good information on the web.  UpTake, now out of private beta, tries to help with that process by assessing keywords and returning user comments from across the web to help you find great travel destinations based on your […] Read more »

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While the ISP part of Cox Communications is busy interfering with its customers’ BitTorrent traffic, the cable part of the company is trying to improve its customers’ experience. The country’s third-largest cable operator tapped NDS Group earlier this week to revamp its user interface. Not only […] Read more »

SMS text messages are the unsung heroes of messaging; this low-fi 140-character medium has for years kept us connected to each other and is fasting becoming one of the key enablers for ubiquitous computing and the personal infrastructure of the web worker. kwiry is the latest […] Read more »

The fledgling Google Friend Connect service lost one of its major selling points today, when Facebook announced: Just as we’ve been forced to do for other applications that redistribute data in a way users might not expect or understand, we’ve had to suspend Friend Connect’s access […] Read more »

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There is a big brouhaha today over Cox Communications blocking BitTorrent traffic, leading to outrage over what amounts to interference with the open Internet. The brouhaha is the result of a research study by Max Planck Institute, which found Cox, Comcast and (Singapore’s) StarHub to be […] Read more »

Dada Entertainment and Sony BMG have signed a deal to make full-length DRM-free MP3s available to Dada’s subscribers. The service charges $9… Read more »

This is hilarious. Google ignores MySpace. Facebook blocks Google’s Friend Connect. Now that Google has launched Friend Connect, we’ve had a chance to evaluate the technology. We’ve found that it redistributes user information from Facebook to other developers without users’ knowledge, which doesn’t respect the privacy […] Read more »

We’ve touted the awesomeness of having a single phone number before: GrandCentral does just that. When folks call your GC phone number, they’re seamlessly routed to your cell, landline, office phone or wherever else you’ve defined. There’s plenty of other useful features as well but a […] Read more »

Remember that web-based tool to test whether your ISP is blocking BitTorrent that we linked to a couple weeks back? Thousands of broadband users around the world have tried it in the last couple of weeks. Well the results are in, and guess what? Comcast isn’t […] Read more »

The November race is off to a green start. McCain gave a speech earlier this week in Oregon in which he laid out his energy and climate plan, and Obama on Wednesday spoke in Michigan about reviving and strengthening American manufacturing with clean energy jobs. After […] Read more »

Some days it seems like the economic news is uniformly dismal: foreclosures up, food prices up, unemployment up, mortage money vanishing, financial firms crashing and burning. While economists are still arguing about whether we’re in a recession in the US, everything from gas prices to homes […] Read more »

Undaunted by the comedy competition from all sides, upstart funny site Comedy.com launched three new web series this week, Glitch in the System, Do Unto Others and Incognegro. Created by Variety writer Ben Fritz, Glitch in System is a light-hearted look at video games and game […] Read more »

MySpace this week won a ruling against Samford Wallace and Walter Rines, reinforcing the fact that there’s no love lost between big web sites and spammers. But it’s also a sign of an escalation of the war on spam. Spammers are finding virgin territory in emerging […] Read more »

Neither Om nor I are shy about talking infrastructure, but the High Scalability blog has gone totally geek and parsed the details of how Facebook plans to scale its new Jabber chat service to 70 million members using a hella lot of servers and Erlang. As […] Read more »

Jaman Launches Ad-Supported Streaming Movies; 100 of its indie and world films will be available for high-definition streaming for free, no download required. (Silicon Valley/San Jose Business Journal) Amazon Takes Stake in Animoto; photos-into-music-videos company (and Amazon Web Services customer), gets undisclosed sum from the retail […] Read more »

Some server administrators set share drives to auto disconnect users after a set time of inactivity (ie fifteen minutes). As a user it’s super frustrating to connect to a server every time you need access. I’ve written an AppleScript that first checks to see if the […] Read more »

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