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February 20, 2008

LOTD for February 20

Filed under: Uncategorized — gokamoto @ 6:37 pm

Google, Soros (billionaire investor), and Omidyar (investment fund from the founders of eBay) set up a venture capital fund for small and medium size businesses in India:
http://www.reuters.com/article/technologyNews/idUSBOM5204120080220

Microsoft had to pull the Vista Service Pack 1 update due to problems it was causing:
http://news.zdnet.com/2100-9590_22-6231299.html

Looks like the failing spy satellite is part of a bad defense program–Boeing burned through $10 bil (including $5 bil or so of cost overruns) before the government took the contract away from them and gave it to Lockheed…but Lockheed has also had problems:
http://blog.wired.com/defense/2008/02/that-satellite.html

Cell phone service on the MOON is being planned by the US and UK, full 4-bar coverage is planned for 2020:
http://www.news.com/Mobiles-on-the-moon-NASA%2C-Brits-dial-up-a-plan/2100-11397_3-6231167.html?part=rss&tag=2547-1_3-0-20&subj=news

Startup uses balloons 20 miles up as mini-cell towers to provide coverage in rural areas, Google may be interested in buying them:
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB120347353988378955.html?mod=telecommunications_primary_hs

AT&T and T-Mobile kind of matched Verizon’s flat-rate unlimited plan:
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB120344410359277287.html?mod=telecommunications_primary_hs

There is a worry by investors that the Verizon plan will result in a price war between cellular carriers that will hurt profits of each company:
http://www.news.com/2100-1039_3-6231235.html?type=pt&part=inv&tag=feed&subj=news

Uranium smugglers were caught on the India-Nepal border:
http://hsdailywire.com/single.php?id=5579

The technology reviewer really likes his Roomba!
http://weblog.infoworld.com/realitycheck/archives/2008/02/high_tech_or_hi.html?source=NLC-REALITYCHECK&cgd=2008-02-20

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