The Color Of Money

Silicon valley venture capitalists are typically reluctant to invest in companies more than an hour's drive from their offices. Far-flung start-ups are simply too difficult to manage.

Web of Risks

Cameron walker learned the hard way that sharing information online can have unintended consequences. In 2005, the sophomore at Fisher College in Boston organized a student petition dedicated to getting a campus police guard fired and posted it on the popular college social network Facebook.com.

Dangers of Social-Networking Sites

Cameron Walker learned the hard way that sharing information online can have unintended consequences. In 2005, the sophomore at Fisher College in Boston organized a student petition dedicated to getting a campus police guard fired and posted it on the popular college social network Facebook.com.

Who's Building the Next Web?

Deciphering the exact meaning of the phrase Web 2.0 is a popular parlor game in Silicon Valley. The expression can stand for many things--the kind of start-up that forges new connections among Web users, lets them share their tastes in music and video or simply exploits their creativity and participation in new ways.In the broadest sense, the Web 2.0 moniker captures the renewed exuberance (perhaps irrational) in high-tech circles.

Is TiVo's Time Up?

The biggest loser in Cisco's acquisition of Scientific Atlanta is a little company that's well loved by its customers: TiVo. The Silicon Valley pioneer helped invent the digital video recorder (DVR), and its name became synonymous with the technology's wondrous ability to pause and record live TV to a set-top box and to save us from TV ads.

Technology: High Speed On The Go

Sorry, but your mobile phone is so yesterday. When it comes to the most coveted wireless gadget, it's no longer the slimness of the handset that matters but the speed of the network.

Blackberry: Bring It On!

Mike Lazaridis knows all about the "BlackBerry Prayer"--the supplicating position one assumes when grasping the popular six-ounce wireless combination e-mailer/phone known as the BlackBerry between your palms and thumb-tapping messages on its QWERTY keyboard.

Eats, Crowds And Cheats

Google jumped whole hog into China last year, investing in search leader Baidu.com and doubling down on its own Chinese-language portal. Yahoo bet part of the farm on China last month, plugging $1 billion into the search engine Alibaba.com.

Good Morning, New Orleans

During Hurricane Katrina, it was old-fashioned radio, not newfangled insta-media, that served as a lifeline for people battered by the storm. In the dark chaos of the Louisiana Superdome, or the lonely quiet of their homes, people along the Gulf coast huddled around battery-operated devices, seeking comfort and news from the on-air voices.But broadcasting during the crisis and the aftermath has been no easy feat for New Orleans radio companies, who face the same hardships as their listeners.

Plain Text: Heroes or Nettlesome Hacks?

Freelance counterterrorist Aaron Weisburd is not an employee of any of the three-letter federal agencies. He works alone in his attic in Carbondale, Ill., far from the hotbeds of terrorist activity.

QUICK READ

Why Business People Speak Like Idiots: A Bullfighter's Guide by Brian Fugere, Chelsea Hardaway and Jon WarshawskyAnyone who's read a corporate report knows how boring business jargon can be.

DIAGNOSIS: INTERNET PHOBIA

Dorothy Harris took two buses through the pouring rain in south Chicago a few weeks ago to improve her finances and possibly even her health--by using the Internet.

MOTOROLA'S GOOD CALL

Robert Brunner never expected to carry a Motorola phone. A partner at San Franciso's Pentagram Design, Brunner is a fan of fashionable products like Philippe Starck watches and Sony digital cameras.

GRANDE PLANS

You can't go near the City Centre mall in downtown Seattle without seeing the coquettish mermaid logo of a certain international coffee company. There's a Starbucks kiosk just inside the mall entrance.

FINGERTIP WINDOWS

It's only supposed to happen with a sports car or diamond ring. But the employees at San Francisco's OQO can't take their company's sleek new computer out in public without drawing attention.

Plain Text: A Small Step For Private Space Travel

Burt Rutan and his team at Scaled Composites did it once again this morning, sending the rocket-propelled glider SpaceShipOne 63 miles above earth, into the nether regions of the atmosphere known as suborbital space.

Plain Text: Inside the Dark Corners of the Net

This week, Iraqi insurgents led by Al Qaeda extremist Abu Mussab al-Zarqawi added two more tragic casualties in the war in Iraq--and two more grainy, home-made videos to the collection of gruesome terror testimonials on the Internet.On Monday, Zarqawi and his gang beheaded Eugene "Jack" Armstrong of Hillsdale, Mich.

TECHNOLOGY: PHONES TO WATCH

The next time you can't find the remote, hunt for your cell phone instead. A Berkeley, Calif., start-up called Idetic is making TV reception on cell phones possible with its infant service, MobiTV (mobitv.com).

BLOGS: 'REEFER AND BEER' IN THE TOFU HUT

John Seroff, like lots of other New Yorkers, ekes out a living bartending and waiting tables. But each night the 29-year-old music aficionado spends three hours holed up in his apartment in front of his computer, spinning records for the world.

The Master Of Wind

If Jim Dehlsen ever needs to remind himself why, at 67, he's still trying to save the world, all he has to do is glance outside his window. The offices of his three-year-old firm, Clipper Windpower, look across California's tranquil Santa Barbara Channel and, in the distance, to the remote marine sanctuary of Santa Cruz Island.

The Alaskan Front

In early august the remote Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in northern Alaska was gripped with unseasonably mild weather: 70-degree afternoons, ravenous mosquitoes past prime insect season and dry tundra in the typically swampy lowlands of the coastal plain.

Getting Imac Right

The first colorful iMac, unveiled in 1997, weighed 40 pounds. The dome-shaped follow-up, with its flat-panel screen, weighed 21 pounds. Those computers were cute, but with the new, 18- pound iMac G5, it is tempting to say that Apple has finally gotten it just right.

I Want A Movie! Now!

Netflix and TiVo ushered in an age of couch-potato bliss. Netflix lets its customers browse through its huge movie catalog on the Web and rent DVDs through the mail without having to worry about late fees.

THE ALASKAN FRONT

In early August this year the remote Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in northern Alaska was gripped with unseasonably mild weather: 20 degree afternoons, ravenous mosquitoes past prime insect season and dry tundra in the typically swampy lowlands of the coastal plain.

A Mightier Wind

If Jim Dehlsen ever needs to remind himself why, at 67, he's still trying to save the world, all he has to do is glance outside his window. The offices of his three-year-old firm, Clipper Windpower, look across the tranquil Santa Barbara Channel and, in the distance, to the remote marine sanctuary of Santa Cruz Island.

The Alaskan Front

In early August this year the remote Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in northern Alaska was gripped with unseasonably mild weather: 20 degree afternoons, ravenous mosquitoes past prime insect season and dry tundra in the typically swampy lowlands of the coastal plain.

THE WIRELESS WORLD

Phones, No. Wi-Fi, Yes HERMISTON, ORE. Population: 13,200 Why: Rural areas need the Internet, too Fact: Thirty-five towers and 75 antennas broadcast a signal that covers the whole countyThe phone and cable companies ignore the towns along the Columbia River in northeast Oregon despite the prevalence of farms, food-processing facilities, power plants and military installations that crave high-speed Internet access. "Sometimes it seems like we live in a third world out here," says Fred Ziari,...

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