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Archive: May 2009

Verizon's Seidenberg Chats With the Post

Verizon Communications' biggest fear from Washington regulators:New rules on net neutrality that would prevent the company from charging more for consuming more data and providing extra services on their network. Ivan Seidenberg, Verizon's chief executive, talked about the prospect of such rules yesterday in a broad-ranging conversation with reporters and...

By Cecilia Kang | May 28, 2009; 8:00 AM ET | Comments (6) | TrackBack (0)

Local Game Studio Big Huge Games Acquired

Local videogame studio Big Huge Games got a new lease on life today after a Boston area game company, founded by former Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling, announced that it has acquired the Timonium company. Big Huge Games appeared to be facing bankruptcy, after its former owner, game publisher THQ,...

By Mike Musgrove | May 27, 2009; 12:57 PM ET | Comments (0) | TrackBack (1)

Surprise, It's the President -- Of the Colonies

Whoaaah. I just, unexpectedly, met Mark Sheppard, who played one of the cooler characters on Battlestar Galactica.   Here's the story: This morning I had a meeting with videogame company High Voltage, which is set to release a Wii "shooter" game set in Washington, DC next month. I was mainly...

By Mike Musgrove | May 22, 2009; 2:17 PM ET | Comments (1) | TrackBack (0)

Coulton Plays Birchmere... And Stops By The Post

Internet rock star Jonathan Coulton often says, fondly, that his fans are a bunch of geeks. Turns out, judging from last night's turnout at the Birchmere, he's right. After the lights went back up after his (terrific) performance, the house looked like a big chess or math club meeting, or...

By Mike Musgrove | May 22, 2009; 12:48 PM ET | Comments (1) | TrackBack (0)

Open-Government Tools Unveiled by White House

Four months ago, President Obama called for more transparency, participation and collaboration in the policy-making process and for agencies to be more open. Today, which marks the original deadline for recommendations on how to achieve these goals, the White House has launched a number of online initiatives aiming to allow...

By Kim Hart | May 21, 2009; 1:31 PM ET | Comments (1) | TrackBack (0)

Snarky Amazon Reviews Send T-Shirt's Sales To The Top

Can a T-shirt go viral online? Well... of course it can. There's an informal comedy-writing workshop of sorts going on over at Amazon, where a growing wave of reviewers have latched on to a T-shirt bearing the image of a trio of wolves howling at the moon. Snarky reviewers at...

By Mike Musgrove | May 19, 2009; 3:32 PM ET | Comments (2) | TrackBack (0)

Chopra and Strickling Slide Through Confirmation Hearing

The nominees for two top positions that will oversee technology policy sat before the Senate Commerce Committee this morning for a rather brief nominations hearing. Aneesh Chopra, Virginia's Secretary of Technology who's been waiting in the wings to become the first federal Chief Technology Officer, told the panel he would...

By Kim Hart | May 19, 2009; 12:32 PM ET | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Palm Pre Smartphone Gets A Release Date

Sprint and Palm announced this morning that Palm's upcoming smartphone device, called the "Pre," will be available on June 6 at a price of $199. Is Palm's new smartphone enough to bring the company back into relevance? Too early to say, but the company wowed over many skeptics at the...

By Mike Musgrove | May 19, 2009; 11:11 AM ET | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Facebook's Latest Bug: 151.im

Be careful where you click: There's a new bug going around on Facebook. This one arrives in your inbox with the subject header "Hello." Open that up, and you'll find a simple link trying to get you to head over to a site with a name like 151.im or 121.im....

By Mike Musgrove | May 14, 2009; 2:58 PM ET | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

UPDATE: Googlefail Is Now So Five Minutes Ago

Google users this morning began reporting that the search engine's main site and several of the company's properties had been either slow to load, or not loading at all. But the problem looks to have been fixed. The apparent glitch had been a major topic of discussion among Twitter users...

By Mike Musgrove | May 14, 2009; 1:01 PM ET | Comments (1) | TrackBack (0)

And Still No FCC Chair

The Senate hearing to review President Obama's pick for Federal Communications Commission chair Julius Genachowski has been postponed until after Memorial Day, the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation committee said today. Industry insiders with knowledge of lawmakers' thinking said Republicans are expected to put forth Meredith Atwell Baker, former acting...

By Cecilia Kang | May 7, 2009; 7:04 PM ET | Comments (1) | TrackBack (0)

Verizon: We Already Have Peggle, Thanks.

Attention Peggle fans: Jeffrey Nelson, executive director of corporate communications at Verizon Wireless, wants you to know something. In a column I wrote Sunday about Peggle's upcoming debut on the iPhone and Apple's App Store, I quoted a commenter at the tech culture blog BoingBoing as saying the news was...

By Mike Musgrove | May 6, 2009; 3:35 PM ET | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Amazon.com Unveils Kindle DX

Ending what might have been the tech world's most poorly kept secret this week, Amazon.com unveiled a new version of its Kindle reading device this morning. The new version, called the Kindle DX, has a 9.7 inch screen, much larger than the current generation of the wireless book reader, and...

By Mike Musgrove | May 6, 2009; 11:28 AM ET | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Nonprofits and Social Media -- Another Perspective

An earlier story about the effectiveness of social networks to raise money for nonprofits hit a nerve in philanthropic and social media circles. The intent of the story was certainly not to "dis" the hugely popular Facebook application Causes, as some blogs have said. To be sure, some groups have...

By Kim Hart | May 4, 2009; 7:30 AM ET | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

British Telecom Chairman Says Open Access Key to Broadband Growth

Five years ago, Britain's largest telecommunication's service provider was forced to do what at the time seemed like a losing proposition. Regulators required BT, formerly called British Telecom, to open its networks to competitors to lease, and for use by any device and software application. By doing so, BT and...

By Cecilia Kang | May 1, 2009; 4:23 PM ET | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

 

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