Looking At Twitter As A News Source
If you are into online technology, you've certainly heard of Twitter by now. It seems many tech blogs can't get enough of how great Twitter is. The scene reminds me a bit of Facebook about 18 months ago. Apparently there's nothing Twitter can't do. In addition to people sharing that they just rode a horse; watched a video; cleaned their apartment; ate a hamburger or took a shower, now Twitter is being utilized as a key news source.
Cisco's Off Switch
Cisco is shutting its doors to any employees who aren't "business critical" for four days, starting Dec. 29. It's supposed save money, but I think it'll cost its brand.
Apple Allows Some MacBook Videos To Play On External Displays
Apple released a QuickTime update that allows standard-definition iTunes movies to play over new MacBooks' DisplayPort to older displays, according to reports on Apple blogs. However, high-def movies are still blocked, which is unfair to owners of MacBooks and other systems by other vendors that use the same technology.
NREL Wood Chips To Power Lab's Silicon Chips
Engineers at the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory have taken a major step in launching a "net-zero energy" facility: They lit a road flare and began burning wood chips. No kidding.
Green Jobs In This Economy?
The momentum for green jobs seems to be building. Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty just introduced his Green Jobs Investment Initiative for the 2009 legislative session. Pennsylvania Gov. Edward Rendell is banking on a nearly $12 million investment into alternative clean energy projects to create at least 1,200 jobs. And California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, recent host of an international summit on the issue, has repeatedly thrown his political weight behind clean-technology businesses. But there a
Are Apple Retailers Arming For A Price War?
Best Buy is getting ready to slash prices on new Macs and other Apple products, and Apple has authorized employees of its own retail stores to match the price cuts, according to reports on Apple blogs. That's bad news for store margins, but good news for Apple fans hoping for some fruity goodness under the tree.
VMAN Comes To Town, But Virtual Machine Law And Order Still Elusive
I've noted that the DMTF.org standards body is not working on a spec for a standard virtual machine runtime, one that could be shared by all vendors. Why not? Because among DMTF members, there's no political will to do so. There is, however, a desire to create a standard VM management interface.
PayPal Adds SMS Authentication Service
In a bid to add more security, the online payment company will offer the option of having a unique code sent to the user's cell phone prior to logging in.
Are Netbooks On Your Company's Shopping List?
If your company occasionally sends workers out of the office, you might want to consider a having a "loaner" Netbook available to keep them productive without weighing them down. Especially since holiday sales are pushing prices down below $300 on Black Friday.
Verizon Snags Omnia Smartphone
With integrated Wi-Fi, 3G, 8 GB of memory, Bluetooth, and a 5-megapixel camera, the Samsung Omnia gives Verizon another strong touch-screen smartphone.
To Remain Viable, Palm Plans to Cut Positions
Remember Palm, the company that helped to define the smartphone market? While many may have forgotten about the company in the midst of all the hoopla about Appleï¿¼s iPhone and Googleï¿¼s Android, Palm still has a sizable customer base. The company plans significant moves to try and retain that base.
Nokia To Launch MVNO In Japan
The cell phone manufacturing giant is hoping to boost its miniscule market share in Japan with a high-end mobile phone service.
Would You Pay For Twitter?
My colleague Allen Stern says no. He says he might pay to use Twitter for business, but wouldn't do it just to hear what people are having for breakfast. I think I use Twitter differently than Allen, but my answer is pretty much the same as his: In theory, I might pay for Twitter, but in reality, no.
Obama Appointment Offers Another Green Signal
Where is President-elect Barack Obama headed with environmental protection and renewable energy? The answer lies not so much in the encouraging but ultimately self-serving video posted on the transition team's Web site on Friday, but rather on links elsewhere on the page. In particular, look at the appointment of senior transition official Rose Mc
'60 Minutes' Looks At 'Widow Penalty' In Immigration Law
Last night, 60 Minutes reported on a group of hundreds of American widows fighting a U.S. government effort to deport them from this country. These women (and a few men) are citizens of foreign countries who married American citizens, but their spouses died before their residency applications were completed. InformationWeek covered this story in June; one of the widow
Why Hulu Will Eat YouTube's Lunch
Saturday night, YouTube held its inaugural "YouTube Live" concert where a number of mainstream artists played and sang along with a few YouTube stars. Mogulus estimates that there were 700,000 concurrent viewers of the YouTube live stream. Sounds like a large number until you realize that most TV shows have millions of viewers.
Namespaces, Search, Network Gestures And The American Soft-White Cyber-Underbelly
On the drive home from Boston's Logan Airport after 7 hours of red-eye flying back from Mashup Camp in Silicon Valley, National Public Radio's Here & Now aired Robin Young's interview of Larry Wortzel, chair of the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission, about China's alleged acts of cyberwarfare against the United States. What Wortzel said, right on the heels of what I heard O'Reilly Media founder and CEO Tim O'Reill