Disrupt-O-Meter 43

A look at emerging technology that's disruptive--and that isn't. Results for June 19, 2006
The east side of the Cascades and other remote areas with low electricity prices are drawing the attention of several Internet companies. With the national cost of electricity averaging more than 5 cents per kilowatt-hour, companies including Google, Microsoft, and Yahoo have begun building their energy-guzzling data centers in lightly populated areas like eastern Washington, where electricity costs less than 3 cents per kilowatt-hour.
disruptive dial: high

Video blogs, or "vlogs," are exactly what you'd expect: online diaries filled with video clips. More than 300 vloggers converged this month at the Vloggercon conference in San Francisco with an eye toward revolutionizing video media. It's easy to dismiss vlogs, but companies have learned to respect the power of blogs. Getting a product flamed on video could be even more devastating.
disruptive dial: medium

Editor's Choice
Brian T. Horowitz, Contributing Reporter
Samuel Greengard, Contributing Reporter
Nathan Eddy, Freelance Writer
Brandon Taylor, Digital Editorial Program Manager
Jessica Davis, Senior Editor
Cynthia Harvey, Freelance Journalist, InformationWeek
Sara Peters, Editor-in-Chief, InformationWeek / Network Computing