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  • Guess why the big ISPs have refused broadband stimulus money

    Guess why the big ISPs have refused broadband stimulus money

    There's two ways to look at the story that many of the country's biggest ISPs have refused government stimulus money for broadband infrastructure investment. One, the ISPs patently don't need the money, and are more than capable of delivering broadband to as many Americans as possible with their own capital. Two, the ISPs could use the money, but they'd prefer not to accept it lest they be… Read More

  • Italy tries to keep up with a new €35M fund for startups

    Fact: cash is very hard to get for Italian startups. This has been the major problem of the Italian innovation ecosystem since the dawn of time, there simply isn’t money. Investors prefer to rely on non-risky businesses such as constructions, pharmaceutical and clothing. Web startups are facing a real hard time, but there might be hope. We already reported Google’s Italy country… Read More

  • Mr. Tux Goes to Washington

    Mr. Tux Goes to Washington

    A bunch of granola chewing hippies freedom loving technologists sent a letter to President Obama, encouraging him to consider open source software. Signed by representatives from Novell, Red Hat, Unisys, and a bunch of other open source solutions companies, the letter is well-written piece of advocacy. Of course, not everyone supports the initiative. Read More

  • New job challenges in the White House

    New job challenges in the White House

    Starting a new job is always a challenge. You have to learn where your office is, where the coffee machine is, and the best route from each to the bathroom. Now imagine how complicated it must be when an entirely new administration starts working in the White House! In addition to the normal challenges, President Obama and his staff suffered through a number of surprising headaches. Read More

  • Exactly what would a Presidential mobile look like?

    Exactly what would a Presidential mobile look like?

    Apropos of the ongoing ruckus about President-elect Obama's BlackBerry — the so-called "BarackBerry" — an interesting question is coming to the fore: why is the President, or even a prominent Senator for that matter, using a civilian mobile phone? With matters of national security, policy, and locations of our most powerful citizens being beamed through the air, it behooves us as a… Read More

  • Apple’s Washington D.C. store facing opposition or part of a mass conspiracy?

    Apple’s Washington D.C. store facing opposition or part of a mass conspiracy?

    So Apple is facing opposition to putting up one of its gigantic glass-everywhere stores in one of Washington D.C.’s historic neighborhoods, the complaint being that it’d be too big and too modern to fit in with all the other quaint, cute buildings in the area (see our artist’s rendition above). I propose, however, that the complaint is a cover-up for a much more massive and sinister… Read More

  • Li-ion battery makers appeal to Congress for $1bn in aid

    Li-ion battery makers appeal to Congress for $1bn in aid

    There’s a lot of money going out the door for the auto makers (well, maybe) and more so for the finance business, so I think it’s wise for some of the less bubble-orientated sectors to point out now just how little they need to establish or reinvigorate themselves. Public radio could use a boost, space programs are comparatively cheap, and now a consortium of battery makers is asking… Read More

  • Best Buy in ‘The New Adventures of Your Old TV’

    Best Buy in ‘The New Adventures of Your Old TV’

    Round of applause for Best Buy, which aims to educate you all about the upcoming digital TV transition. (Remember the big day: February 17, 2009.) The lastelectronics retailer left standing will hold a series of workshops at 25 of its stores to “educate consumers about the transition to digital television broadcasting and help them choose the best solution for their television needs.”… Read More

  • This is why we don't keep sensitive government information on USB keys in our pockets

    This is why we don't keep sensitive government information on USB keys in our pockets

    Really, who puts secure login codes for a government agency website on an unencrypted USB key? This is approaching a CSI level of computardation. Although it didn’t result in the breach of, say, the UK’s secret UFO files (that would have been a coup), it has potentially exposed the tax, ticket, and financial records of some twelve million UK residents — not to mention the source… Read More

  • Lessig: prepare for "i-9/11" and "i-Patriot Act"

    Lawrence Lessig, a noted legal activist and futurist if you’re not familiar with him, theorizes an “i-9/11″ (inside job or otherwise) after which the Government would expand its control and supervision over the internet substantially. I think he’s hit the nail on the head and actually I’m surprised it didn’t happen years ago. It’s a bit conspiracy… Read More