Stories for Jan. 22, 2009

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TPI Composites Inc., which makes light-weight wind turbine blades that it claims are more durable and more efficient than conventional blades, on Thursday announced it had raised $20 million in its second round of funding. Investors in the convertible preferred equity financing round, announced at the […] Read more »

Consumer electronics giant Sony today announced that it would report a record loss of almost $3 billion, as the company said it was slammed by the economic downturn. This is the first net loss for the company in 14 years. As part of a cost cutting […] Read more »

Following in the footsteps of LG and Sony Ericsson, Nokia today reported a poor performance for the fourth quarter of 2008, for which it blamed the global economic downturn. Handset sales during the latest three-month period were 113.1 million, down 15.3 percent from the fourth quarter […] Read more »

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Indian auto giant Tata Motors plans to throw an additional $435 million at production of its Tata Nano, the compact car unveiled in prototype last year with the promise of a price tag low enough to revolutionize transportation in emerging markets. With a lightweight design and […] Read more »

Chemical giant BASF and a small specialty chemicals company in Skokie, Ill., called Polyera Corp. have come up with a new type of semiconductor ink they plan to market under the name ActivInk. The ink is based on a new molecule that allows printed ink to […] Read more »

Cree shares rallied 14 percent to $18.76 Wednesday after a positive earnings report just as cleantech investors are sifting through numbers to separate the strong from the weak. Demand from consumer and automotive products may be down, but government spending in China and possibly the U.S. […] Read more »

Veoh is mounting its pitch to be a video discovery tool for the web with the release today of its Veoh Video Compass, a plug-in that surfaces relevant videos as users navigate other web sites. What’s interesting is how radically different offering this tool is from […] Read more »

The Wall Street Journal reports tonight on “The Pool,” a group of video-serving web sites and advertisers brought together by Publicis Groupe’s Starcom MediaVest. Included in the effort to standardize video ad units are Microsoft, Yahoo, CBS Interactive and Hulu (but not YouTube — it reportedly […] Read more »

Clean energy companies and climate wonks have convened this week in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, for the second annual World Future Energy Summit. Think of it, as the New York Times put it recently, as a Davos gathering on renewable power. On Monday (day 1 […] Read more »

Stories for Jan. 21, 2009

Awww, come on, Apple! Yet again, you have offered little insight into how your foray into the set-top box world is faring. Apple Insider sat in on today’s first quarter earnings call and quotes COO Tim Cook as saying: “there was a tremendous tickup year over […] Read more »

A letter sent today by California air pollution controllers to EPA administrator Lisa Jackson could mark the beginning of the end of federal interference with the state’s push to enforce tighter tailpipe emissions standards. Signed by Air Resources Board (ARB) chairman Mary Nichols, the letter asks […] Read more »

eBay today turned in a lukewarm performance for the fourth quarter of 2008, posting sales of $2.04 billion vs. an average forecast of $2.12 billion. Earnings per share were a penny better than expected, at 40 cents a share. Amidst all this doom and gloom, it […] Read more »

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