MP3 – iTunes In what appears to be the first project of its kind, utility company Pacific Gas & Electric is seeking approval from California regulators to buy power from a company that plans to generate electricity from a solar power plant in space. Solaren Corporation could be selling power from its planned solar power Read more →
Archives for April 2009
Last week tens of thousands of Silicon Valley homes and businesses temporarily lost their ability to make land line and cell phone calls, and connect to the Internet, after an act of vandalism. The vandal’s tool was not a virus, worm or any other kind of sophisticated cyber attack, but rather a simple hacksaw.
Last week we talked here about the rumors that Google will end up buying Twitter… someday. But what’s in it for Google? And does Twitter ever develop into anything other than what it already is: a kind of addictive way to waste some work time?
I know the idea of a digital carrot-and-stick to motivate students is not necessarily new. But what Cynthia Lewis at the University of Minnesota’s College of Education and Human Development notes is that many students in this generation — who we think are entirely comfortable with digital media — often have few skills that they’ll need, especially in college.
Who will buy Twitter? Is Twitter even for sale? The tech sites were buzzing last week when it was reported Google was in talks to acquire the microblogging service. It turned out not to be true.
Cash-strapped states are targeting Internet merchants. Several are considering bills that would require merchants to collect sales taxes on digital downloads. Under a Supreme Court ruling, states can only require the merchants to collect the taxes online if they have a bricks-and-mortar presence in the state. In Minnesota, for example, a bill being considered by the Legislature would add a sales tax to downloads from iTunes and WalMart.
New research says the Internet and social networking sites are not the threat to children we’ve been led to believe.
MP3 – iTunes Later this year Taser International is expected to begin selling a recording system that police officers strap to their heads. Officers would decide when it makes sense to begin recording an incident. When a scene has been captured the camera transfers the encrypted digital recording to police headquarters.