Silicon Florist’s links arrangement for July 16

Strands to power BBVA’s Personal Finance tool for its 4.1 million online users and 1.3 billion online financial transactions

Via the Strands blog “We are happy to announce today that Strands will be powering the online personal finance tool that BBVA, one of the world’s largest retail banks, will be offering its customers. Developed by BBVA and Strands, BBVA Tú cuentas (You count, in Spanish) is an innovative personal finance tool that allows online users to manage their personal finances better, offering friendly analysis tools to better understand spending and savings.”

Strands Brings Recommendation Technology to Banking – ReadWriteWeb

Marshall Kirkpatrick covers the Strands news, noting “With interfaces for the iPhone, BlackBerry and Nokia phones – analytics and recommendations will also be available outside of the desktop web browser. This is the kind of heavyweight application to see coming from online recommendation services.”

OLPC and Beer – Thursday

Dieselboi writes “Hey you, yeah you with the OLPC, your fellow OLPCers are having a meetup on Thursday evening at Lucky Labrador Brew Hall in NW Portland. You should come on out, meet your fellow OLPCers and mesh. Earlier this year, Wayan of OLPCNews came to town to talk about the OLPC and we had a great time meeting others who were supporters of the technology and the vision.”

WiMAX update: Clearwire still coming to Portland

Mike Rogoway writes “Clearwire has been beta testing its Portland service for several weeks with ‘a very small group of Intel employees’ (Intel is among Clearwire’s big financial backers, and the companies held a joint WiMAX trial in Hillsboro last year.) The company tells me it will announce its rollout plans, including a Portland timetable, on its quarterly earnings call early next month.”

WordCamp Portland Planning Meeting at Green Dragon Bistro & Brewpub (Thursday, July 17, 2008) – Upcoming

Aaron Hockley has posted the WordCamp Portland planning session to Upcoming. Please take a few moments to RSVP if you’re planning to attend. Aaron writes “For those of you local in the Portland area, several of us will be gathering this Thursday, July 17th at 6:00pm at the Green Dragon (928 SE 9th Avenue, Portland OR). We’re going to nail down some details on registration, scheduling, speakers, and facilities/logistics. All are welcome; volunteers are needed.”