Al Gore: Let's 'put a price on carbon'

Former US Vice President Al Gore couldn't have been clearer on Monday when he suggested that if humanity wants to stave off the coming catastrophe of global climate change, we need to start putting a financial price on the use of carbon.

With the last decade having been the hottest in history, and an increasing number of natural disasters ravaging the planet, Gore said that humankind must confront what he called our biggest challenge going forward.

Speaking at the Social Good Summit today, Gore said the 24 Hours of Reality event, which will be hosted October 22 and 23 … Read more

Al Gore and Bono invest in Biz Stone's mystery startup

Twitter co-founder Biz Stone has picked up some interesting celebrity investors for his mysterious mobile startup, Jelly.

The list, published in a company blog post Thursday, includes rock star Bono, former vice president Al Gore, and Greg Yaitanes, the director of TV shows "Lost" and "Heroes."

"We chose angels like Al Gore, a partner at KPCB and chairman and co-founder of Generation Investment Management, Greg Yaitanes, a Hollywood director, and Roya Mahboob, an entrepreneur doing amazing work for women in Afghanistan partly because they work in divergent fields. Knowledge diversity is something we prize highly … Read more

If Grumpy Cat is the biggest news of all, is SXSW in trouble?

AUSTIN, Texas -- Talk to just about anyone who has been at South by Southwest this year, and there's really no doubt what was the biggest news of all: Grumpy Cat.

On the one hand a sweet little cat with a facial expression that looks annoyed, and on the other one, of the biggest Internet memes of the last year, Grumpy Cat has been the unquestioned biggest star of SXSW, thanks to Mashable, which managed to bring the famous kitty to the world's most important interactive conference so that tons of her biggest fans could meet her.

Never … Read more

How to win at SXSW -- and live to brag about it

Dear Katrina,

How cool that you're going to be coming to South by Southwest (SXSW) for the first time. You're going to have so much fun, meet a lot of terrific people, and see a lot of cool technology. Sleep? Probably not so much.

I'm glad you asked me for some suggestions on how to get by while you're in Austin. I feel that -- as a seven-time attendee -- I've learned a lot about how to survive. I think I can even help you win SXSW.

So where to begin? A lot of people … Read more

Al Gore exercises Apple stock options worth $29 million

Al Gore has just purchased a big chunk of Apple stock by exercising his Apple stock options.

A filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission shows that Gore exercised options on January 15 to buy 59,000 Apple shares at the price of $7.475 a share.

That means Gore paid around $441,000 for his load of Apple stock. With the shares trading just under $500 this morning, Gore's investment is now worth around $29.5 million.

Of course, Apple stock has been falling recently, although that could turn around next week if the company releases good results … Read more

Hot new games for iOS

The stars lined up just right this week (read: gift-giving season is here!) to have a number of awesome game sequels and new releases launch all at once. Frankly, there are so many new games that there is no better time than the present to check out what the App Store has to offer.

Rick Broida already wrote about Grand Theft Auto: Vice City earlier today, but there are plenty more that would make nice additions to your iOS gaming collection.

This week's collection of apps is a group of excellent games released over the course of this week. … Read more

Internet Hall of Fame inducts first members

The Internet Hall of Fame officially kicked off today, inducting big tech names like Vint Cerf, Tim Berners-Lee, Mitchell Baker, and Brewster Kahle. This was the inaugural award ceremony sponsored by the Internet Society to celebrate more than 30 pioneers, innovators, and global connectors of the Web.

"This historic assembly of Internet visionaries, innovators, and leaders represents an extraordinary breadth of vision and work," Internet Society president and CEO Lynn St. Armour said in a statement. "While the inductees have extremely diverse backgrounds and represent many different countries, each individual has an incredible passion for their work.&… Read more

Gore hearts Cook in writeup for Time's '100 Most Influential'

Former United States Vice President -- and Apple board member -- Al Gore gushed about the job Tim Cook is doing as CEO since succeeding Steve Jobs in a brief essay he wrote for Time's "100 Most Influential People in the World" list.

"It is difficult to imagine a harder challenge than following the legendary Steve Jobs as CEO of Apple. Yet Tim Cook, a soft-spoken, genuinely humble and quietly intense son of an Alabama shipyard worker and a homemaker, hasn't missed a single beat." Gore, who is referred to in the article's … Read more

Al Gore with Sean Parker at SXSW: 'Occupy democracy!'

AUSTIN, Texas--Former U.S. vice president Al Gore and Facebook's founding president Sean Parker argued passionately today that online communities must use the powerful tools at their disposal to save American democracy.

At South by Southwest (SXSW) here, Gore and Parker took the stage to tell an adoring crowd of several thousand that though they should be proud of the mass Internet activism that derailed the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA), there is still a huge amount of work to be done if Americans want to keep special interests from perpetually forcing their agendas down society's throat.

Fortunately, … Read more

Al Gore: Steve Jobs' greatest work was Apple itself

For board member Al Gore, Apple's future is in fine shape in spite of the loss of Steve Jobs--and in large part because of Jobs.

Speaking at the AsiaD conference in Hong Kong yesterday, Gore reminisced about the Apple co-founder and longtime CEO, who died earlier this month at the age of 56. Of all the breakthroughs that Jobs helped bring about, from the Mac to the iPad to Pixar Animation Studios, Gore said, "I actually think his greatest work was Apple itself."

Gore expressed confidence both in the Jobs-era Apple products still in the works and … Read more