Researchers at the University of North Carolina have created a solar cell that could be a breakthrough for the industry, allowing solar energy to be collected when the sun isn't shining. The development bolsters growing optimism about eventual widespread use of renewable energy.
The recovery of U.S. housing prices isn't producing quite the lift to broader economic activity that a buoyant property market has generated in the past. Consumers appear more inclined to pay down mortgages than to tap into their equity to generate more spending.
The Ubuntu server team says it will no longer provide a 32-bit installation option with its impending 12.10 OS release, a move that may signify the end of 32-bit server computing for Ubuntu, Christopher Tozzi writes. But the final farewell is expected to take some time given that not all systems support 64-bit.
Facebook's enormous reach could be the social network's downfall -- and a disaster for the rest of the ad-supported Internet, Michael Wolff writes. Weak demand and a huge oversupply of ad inventory will force Facebook to reduce its per-user revenues, depressing the broader online-advertising market and forcing Facebook and other sites out of business, Wolff writes. "The crash will come. And Facebook -- that putative transformer of worlds, which is, in reality, only an ad-driven site -- will fall with everybody else," Wolff writes.
Comcast topper Brian Roberts yesterday said VOD is poised for a boom and touted the MSO's aggressive effort to put VOD services in subscribers' homes. Roberts said Comcast now offers about 4,000 on-demand programs and "a couple of hundred" movies available for free.