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At the AlwaysOn Venture Summit in Half Moon Bay, Calif., Peter Bell, co-founder of Renewable Fuel Products, explains that his company's reactors are small and mobile enough to be loaded onto the back of a truck and taken wherever the waste oil is being created. They process an end product that can be used wherever people use diesel, with no special modifications. Through money from carbon credits, he says that developing countries will soon be able to gain access to this reactor as well.
Scott Elrod, VP of the hardware systems lab at PARC, explains how the company applied its history of laser printing technology to the bio-medical field and came up with the fastest method for scanning slides for cancer cells available today.
From one-time-use syringes to fire logs made from an invasive African plant, the 2008 Tech Awards honored five innovators with $50,000 for creating technology solutions for problems in developing countries. CNET's Kara Tsuboi learns more about these seemingly simple solutions that have potential to make a big impact.
ZDNet correspondent Sumi Das talks to senior editor Sam Diaz about the effects of the economy on the tech sector as the holidays approach and how companies are coping. Diaz also shares the silver lining of the financial crisis for consumers.
At a VentureBeat conference on managing through the economic downturn, a panel of venture capitalists painted a gloomy picture for the economy overall. But they're still making investments, they said. Rafe Needleman covered the event and got reactions from experienced and new entrepreneurs.
At the Dreamforce conference in San Francisco, Larry Brilliant, executive director of Google.org, declares that Google ripped off Salesforce's 1/1/1 model--and the company is proud of it. The model calls for a company to give 1 percent of its time, 1 percent of its equity, and 1 percent of its product to charity. Brilliant also notes that Google focuses on areas where its area of expertise--technology--can do the most good, and explains why nonprofits ask to use Google Earth more often than asking for money.
Michael Dreyer, CIO of Visa talks to ZDNet correspondent Sumi Das about developing transaction technologies for its financial payment network including new wallet-less and contact-less payment solutions. Dreyer also discusses what it takes to process and handle more than 300 million transactions on a daily basis, and the company's response to the recent credit crisis rippling through the global economy.
ZDNet correspondent Sumi Das talks to Editor in Chief Larry Dignan and senior editor Sam Diaz about whether recent product announcements will have a positive impact on Apple sales. Dignan and Diaz also discuss the hiccups with the iPhone 3G launch, the new Nano, and whether Apple will refresh its MacBook line for MacWorld.
ZDNet correspondent Sumi Das talks to Editor in Chief Larry Dignan and Senior Editor Sam Diaz about the financial health of Internet heavyweights, Google, Yahoo and Amazon. Dignan and Diaz share their views on Google's search business, Yahoo's prospects after Microsoft, and whether the current energy crisis is helping Amazon's online sales.
ZDNet correspondent Sumi Das talks to editor in chief Larry Dignan and senior editor Sam Diaz about the financial health of enterprise giants Microsoft, Intel, and SAP. Dignan and Diaz share their views on the success of Microsoft's new ad campaign, Intel chip sales for the new Netbook, and whether SAP will have a positive earnings report similar to its rival Oracle.
At a Churchill Club event in Santa Clara, Calif., Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer talks to Ann Winblad, a partner at Hummer Winblad Venture Partners, about the current financial crisis. Ballmer says the tech industry is weathering the economic storm, but is not immune to it.
At the AlwaysOn GoingGreen conference in Sausalito, Calif., Susan Mac Cormac of Morrison & Foerster moderates a panel discussion about the benefits and risks of biofuel. Vinod Khosla of Khosla Ventures says that biofuel solutions could be cheaper than $50-a-barrel oil in 10 years if the venture capital community backs emerging technologies and starts funding new green start-ups.
Developers, investors, journalists, and the simply curious gather at the San Francisco Design Center for TechCrunch50, a 3-day company launch conference. CNET's Kara Tsuboi catches up with Jason Calacanis, one of the conference co-founders, to discuss emerging trends and some of his favorite start-up sites.