Quick Search Box or Quicksilver?

What was once Quicksilver would provide the basis for Google Quick Search Box. With both a community-supported version of Quicksilver that runs smoothly on OS X 10.6, as well as the Google-backed Quick Search Box, which is the better choice for daily use?

For OpenTable, Mobile Means Mo’ Money

OpenTable is a holdover from the Web 1.0 economy and it might be finding new growth opportunities, thanks to the growing popularity of mobile devices and the rise of anywhere computing. Now all it has to do is think smartly about its business.

Highwinds Acquires BandCon, Hires Former Panther CEO

Network services provider Highwinds has acquired BandCon in a deal that will grow its sales force and double its network capacity in the US. At the same time, Highwinds has hired former Panther Express CEO Steve Liddell to lead its CDN and network services group.

Acer adds Ferrari Smartphone to Lineup

Ferrari brings one thing to mind — speed. Speed was the order of the day with the Acer Ferrari One notebook, and with different components that would have been the case with the Liquid E Ferrari Special Edition phone. It’s packing Android but not much else.

Weekend Read: Clay Shirky on Why Big TV Will Fail

If you’re going to read one thing this long holiday weekend, don’t waste your time on yet another iPad story. Head over to Clay Shirky’s blog instead and read his great new piece titled The Collapse of Complex Business Models. It’s all about the transformation of media in the age of Everybody, and it’s focusing on a subject very dear to our heart – oldteevee vs. newteevee.

Here’s a quick excerpt:

“In the future, at least some methods of producing video for the web will become as complex, with as many details to attend to, as television has today, and people will doubtless make pots of money on those forms of production. It’s tempting, at least for the people benefitting from the old complexity, to imagine that if things used to be complex, and they’re going to be complex, then everything can just stay complex in the meantime. That’s not how it works, however.

The most watched minute of video made in the last five years shows baby Charlie biting his brother’s finger. (Twice!) That minute has been watched by more people than the viewership of American Idol, Dancing With The Stars, and the Superbowl combined. (174 million views and counting.)”

Shirky’s blog sadly doesn’t allow comments, so feel free to come back here after reading the whole thing to let us know what you think about his take on this industry.

Image courtesy of Flickr user Joi Ito.

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The Crunchies Are Back for Round 3!

crunchieslogo.jpgThe Crunchies, after two successful years, are back to celebrate the entrepreneurs and startups that make technology such an exciting industry. As always, we will be co-hosting the awards — for which nominations are now being accepted — with VentureBeat and TechCrunch. (Check out the photos from last year.)
Details of the event can be found here. The awards ceremony will be held Friday, Jan. 8 at 7:30 pm at the Herbst Theater in San Francisco and will be followed by an after-party across the street in City Hall’s Grand Rotunda. The nominations for the third annual awards ceremony honoring the best technology achievements of 2009 will remain open through midnight PST on Friday, Dec. 4th. The Crunchies Committee will select five finalists for each of the 18 award categories; final votes will be cast between Dec. 12th and midnight PST on Jan. 6th.

How to Add Expose and Spaces to Apple’s Magic Mouse

magicmouseWhat perfect timing on this tip from The Apple Blog. I’ve been looking at moving away from my MacBook trackpad and keyboard so I’ve been researching Apple’s new Magic Mouse. There’s nothing wrong with the inputs on my MacBook — I’m simply looking at my home office workspace from an ergonomic standpoint. I’m not sure how ergo the Magic Mouse actually is, but I do know that it actually loses some key functionality. Namely, without the side buttons, there seems to be no way to use Exposé or Spaces with a Magic Mouse. How that’s actually “magical” is beyond me…
It turns out you can regain some of the lost magic using MultiClutch — a freeware Mac app we’ve previously covered — provided that you’re willing to give up other functionality. Essentially, you can use MultiClutch to re-map the left and right swipes for Exposé and Spaces. You’ll lose ability to swipe forward and back between web pages, but that’s a personal decision. I’m not sure which way I’d go, but at least I have the option if I do move to the Magic Mouse.

SDForum’s Open Innovation and Corporate Research Fair

Sales are down, unemployment is at record levels, budgets are slashed, and investment dollars are harder to get than ever before. How do companies continue to innovate during these economic hard times and plan for the future?  At SDForum’s Second Annual Open Innovation and Corporate Research Fair, “Innovating in a Down Economy,” on Sept. 18 at Techmart in Santa Clara, Calif., hear key influencers from Silicon Valley’s leading high-tech corporations, including Hewlett-Packard, IBM, Microsoft and Nokia, share their thoughts, insights and best practices on how not only to survive, but to identify market share and growth opportunities. Learn how industry leaders innovate and how to partner with them. Register today here. Use discount code: INNOVATE for $10 off.

How Digital Music Can Fight Climate Change


Click to see a larger image of the digital music download ecosystem used for this study.

It’s not rocket science: The process of downloading an album to your computer eliminates the energy and carbon emissions required to produce and ship a CD — and for you to drive to the store and buy it.
But researchers at Stanford, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, and Carnegie Mellon University, including IT energy guru Jonathan Koomey, have crunched the hard data and found that despite the added energy from downloading music via the Internet, in general, buying digital music reduces the energy and carbon dioxide emissions of delivering music by between 40 percent and 80 percent.
The findings are important, because amid the increased attention on how data centers are consuming growing amounts of energy and emitting more CO2, here’s proof that the Internet can  reduce carbon emissions via dematerialization, or replacing atoms with digital bits and decreasing the amount of physical goods created. For more details on the research, check out the story on Earth2Tech.

Check Out “RWW Guide to Online Community Management”

rwwreportOur friends at ReadWriteWeb have released the “RWW Guide to Online Community Management,” a research report that guides you though the tricky issues that can crop up during community management. I thought I knew everything, but this report opened my eyes. It is chock-full of lessons and worth every penny of its $299 cost. You can sample the report by downloading this PDF file. Half the report is delivered in a PDF, while the other half is online and is called the “RWW Community Man Read More about Check Out “RWW Guide to Online Community Management”