Condi Rice to join board of biofuel startup KiOr

Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice plans to join the board of biofuel startup KiOr in July. Not coincidentally, the news comes the week that KiOr is reportedly planning to official price its IPO, which could raise up to $241 million on the Nasdaq.

Why Colin Powell Likes the Fisker Karma: Kleiner

colinpowelltinyThe folks over at AutoBlogGreen have some great photos of former Secretary of State Colin Powell checking out the Fisker Karma at the Washington Auto Show this week — he’s looking under the hood and chatting with Fisker’s CEO. But while Powell is probably a natural gear head in his own right, there’s a bigger connection between Fisker and Powell: the venture firm Kleiner Perkins.

Colin Powell joined Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers as a strategic limited partner back in 2005. There was a lot of buzz over his appointment at the time, but since then he hasn’t seemed to offer much of a public face for the firm — and of course, Kleiner now has Al Gore to help with political connections. Kleiner has invested in Fisker Automotive, the maker of the Fisker Karma — reportedly at least $10 million. Anyhoo, just saying. Washington DC and Silicon Valley are pretty chummy these days.

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Memo to the U.S.: There’s an “Energy Tsunami” Coming

Note to the president, senators, representatives and governors: There’s a long-term energy crisis brewing, and your energy strategy has to be your top priority.

So goes the warning in an open letter sent today to the White House, Congress, 50 governors and the campaigns of both presidential hopefuls, and picked up by the Associated Press.

The letter was signed by 27 elder statesmen, including former Secretaries of State Colin Powell and Henry Kissinger and former CIA Director-turned-VC James Woolsey, as well as six other former Secretaries of State or Defense, senators and senior White House advisers and Cabinet officers for past presidents, both Republican and Democrat.
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Goggleburn to Highlight Online Video Hits

The latest channel from Next New Networks, Goggleburn, will feature online video from around the web along with a weekly show hosted by Nick Douglas (who’s promising debut last year, Look Shiny, never quite got off the ground). With a slightly warped yet smartly erudite sensibility and a disaffected delivery, Douglas’ first segment is a dry but well-researched take on the “photo-a-day” trend kicked off by photographer Noah Kalina. Similar theme- or personality-centered segments will be a weekly feature each Monday.

The site promises to highlight the “online TV you gotta see.” With Douglas continuing to write for Gawker Media, I couldn’t help but think of Screenhead, a compendium of links to comedy shorts around the web shuttered by Nick Denton back in 2006 — though certainly online video has matured significantly since then.
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MOTOROKR Z6m with XM Radio Mobile hits Alltel

Motorola_z6m_detailsMusic fans on Alltel’s network get a to sing a happy tune today. The company just added the latest Motorola handset to their device repertoire today: the MOTOROKR Z6m. Aside from the standard mobile goodness that Motorola baked in, Allel includes their innovative Celltop functionality for easy app navigation. Along with Celltop is an XM Radio Mobile cell, which offers 20 different XM Radio streams for your listening pleasure at $7.99 a month after a one-week free trial. $129 for the Z6m after rebates…

"Thisstylish slider is the ultimate phone for music lovers, featuring anintegrated MP3 player with up to 2GB of optional removable memory forthe ability to store up to 1,000 songs, 3.5 mm headset jack, stereoBluetooth connectivity and USB 2.0 high speed connectivity for fastfile transfers.  Additionally, the phone supports a wide-range of audioformats including MP3, AAC, AAC+ and WMA."