Buyer Beware – eBay Is Not Liable For Fakes

In a recent decision a federal judge has ruled that eBay, is not responsible for fake items being sold through the companies web site, The ruling states that eBay was not responsible for fake Tiffany items that were sold and later determined to be fakes. With this ruling it is buyer beware for purchases made…

‘Nutritional’ Beverages at Starbucks

With the downturn in the economy and competition from other venues like McDonald’s, Starbucks has launched ‘nutritional’ beverages: “…The “Vivanno Nourishing Blends” will be on sale at Starbucks stores in the U.S. and Canada. The flavors are orange-mango-banana and banana-chocolate. At 270 calories, the drinks contain one serving of fruit, 16 grams of protein and…

Bloggers And The Law

In New York subpoenas were issued to help identify bloggers who were blogging about New York politics.  Known as Room 8 the involved bloggers needed to get a lawyer to defend themselves, until the district attorney dropped the investigation. According to the New York Times story: The demand for secrecy raised the unnerving prospect that…

Zoho Press Release

I received the following from Zoho this morning.  We hear a lot about Google, and it’s nice to see the competition doing well. We are delighted that Swisscom (incumbent telco in Switzerland) has chosen Zoho for a six month pilot for its Zoho Business Suite which is now available on their Software-as-a-Service portal Teamnet. Zoho…

Is Your Desk Chair That Important?

Chris Pirillo has an $800 office chair.  Yes, I said $800.  At one time I thought that was just extravagance, I mean come on, $800 for a chair is just ridiculous right?  Recently I developed some rather severe back pain and went to the doctor.  He sent me to the hospital, put me in that…

Dell Latitude XT Customers To Get Multi-Touch

Dell has announced that the company will provide drivers for those Latitude XP users to enable multi-touch aka touchscreen technology for Windows XP and Windows Vista. Dell is stating that users will not have to wait for Windows 7 to be released to take advantage of using your pinkies to operate the system. In addition…

Norton 2009 Betas Available For Download

I received the following comment from Noah Edwardsen of Symantec about their new beta software: Hi Ron, The 2009 Norton Antivirus and Norton Internet Security betas are live and ready! http://www.symantec.com/norton-beta/ I’ll send you a link to the press release as soon as it hits the wire and would love to answer any questions you…

iPhone Gas Mileage Apps

As of Sunday morning, I am now one of the iPhone borg … and I’m in search of gas mileage applications. GigaOM’s Earth2Tech jumped right on the topic on Friday, with a quick rundown on 5 iPhone Apps to Help Save Gas. I didn’t catch the GigaOM post until late on Monday, when I tripped…

Water: The Forgotten Crisis

This year, the world and, in particular, developing countries and the poor have been hit by both food and energy crises. As a consequence, prices for many staple foods have risen by up to 100%. When we examine the causes of the food crisis, a growing population, changes in trade patterns, urbanization, dietary changes, biofuel…