Applied Materials Throws Down $4.9B for Varian

Applied Materials refocused its solar business last year to concentrate on serving manufacturers of silicon-based equipment, and it’s continuing that strategy with Wednesday’s announcement to buy Varian Semiconductor Equipment Associates for about $4.9 billion.

Suniva Opens Production Line, Plans Expansion

Atlanta-based Suniva said today it has started fabricating its first line of solar cells at its Norcross, Ga. facility. Current capacity is 32 megawatts but Suniva plans to increase that to 175 megawatts by 2010.

Broadbandits, in Paperback

After a long wait, Broadbandits: Inside the $750 Billion Telecom Heist has come out in paperback. I hope you would be kind…