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An innovative green-tech power company has a factory that can’t cover its costs and despite tens of millions in federal government credit, has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. This may sound like a familiar story, but Beacon Power, the company in question, insists that it’s not another Solyndra.
As CNET tells the story, the fight at Microsoft to abandon Courier, a planned two-screen tablet computer, produced two factions. The Allardites, led by Xbox-creator J. Allard, wanted a diptych-like tablet with touchscreen capability. Steven Sinofsky, head of Microsoft’s Windows division, led the counter-revolutionary Sinofskyites, who claimed that a version of Windows for tablet computers was still a figment of the imagination.
Samsung and Apple are at it again. In another round of the battle for mobile dominance, Samsung has filed a preliminary injunction against the new iPhone 4S and is requesting the source code for the device. This comes after Apple won a preliminary injunction against Samsung, effectively blocking the sale of the Galaxy Tab 10.1 in several countries, including Australia, where the latest chapter is unfolding.
Google would like to help you bring your company’s website into the mobile era. It launched its GOMO (Go Mobile) project Tuesday. “What’s a mobile-friendly site?” Jesse Haines, Google’s group marketing manager, writes on the company blog. “It’s a website designed specifically for mobile users and mobile devices. It’s fast to load and easy to use—no pinching and zooming required.”
Rumors that Yahoo might be planning to reject bids on the company sent shares into a tailspin, leading to the company’s worst day of trading in two months. The market was responding to speculation that the company may sell the portion of its business in Asia and pass the proceeds on to stockholders.