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Can a smartphone sense depression? If that's true, then Jeff's Galaxy Nexus is about to blow up.
On today's show, we'll review a new virtual therapist app out of Northwestern University that tracks a user's location, social context, and activities to determine mood-affecting triggers.
This story and more fun on today's 404 podcast!… Read more
In the midst of filing for bankruptcy, Kodak is keeping the patent courts busy with yet another lawsuit.
The company yesterday launched a suit against Samsung, alleging violations of five patents related to digital imaging.
Filed in U.S. District Court for the Western District of New York, the suit (PDF) claims that Samsung infringed on patents connected to such technologies as the ability to send an image from a digital camera, the ability to e-mail images, and the ability to send images over a cellular or Wi-Fi network.
The five specific patents in question are:U.S. Patent No. … Read more
Struggling photography company Eastman Kodak announced this evening that it has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.
The company, which hopes to emerge from bankruptcy in 2013, said it has secured $950 million in debtor-in-possession financing from Citigroup that will allow it to keep operating during restructuring. The company has also appointed Dominic DiNapoli, a vice chairman at FTI Consulting, as its chief restructuring officer. The firm has been advising Kodak on its finances since last year.
DiNapoli will have broad powers over the company's finances and operations as it looks for ways to raise funding to keep the … Read more
Logitech tries to reinvent the mouse with the Cube, the next Xbox may have built-in DVR functionality, and venerable Kodak lays plans for bankruptcy protection if it can't sell its patents.
Links from Thursday's episode of Loaded:Kodak mulls bankruptcy protection DVR coming to Xbox? Apple hunting for iTV content deals Nintendo sells 4 million 3DS units Music sales up for first time in seven years Barnes & Noble may spin off Nook business Logitech's boxy mouse Subscribe: iTunes (MP3) | iTunes (320x180) | iTunes (HD) | RSS (MP3) | RSS (320x180) | RSS HD
The California solar manufacturing company to which the federal government loaned $528 million--and which closed its doors, laying off hundreds of workers--will be in a U.S. bankruptcy court in Delaware this morning.
The proceeding is likely to shed more light on Solyndra, which closed abruptly just a few weeks ago, reports CBS News correspondent John Blackstone.
At today's bankruptcy hearing, Solyndra will ask for permission to auction off its state-of-the-art factory built with more than $500 million from the federal government.
Related stories: Solyndra bankruptcy was disaster waiting to happen Solyndra's burnout burdens other solar upstarts CBS News: Solyndra execs keep mum on $528M gov't loan … Read more
Dutch certificate authority DigiNotar is closing up shop following a recent hacking attack that caused it to issue a series of phony online security certifcates.
Parent company Vasco announced the bankruptcy filing yesterday, explaining that a trustee will work with the court as DigiNotar goes through the bankruptcy process.
Vasco is also currently analyzing the extent of the damage caused by the cyberattack.
"We are working to quantify the damages caused by the hacker's intrusion into DigiNotar's system and will provide an estimate of the range of losses as soon as possible, "Cliff Bown, Vasco's … Read more
Bankrupt solar-panel maker Solyndra said it needed more than the initially expected four weeks to find a buyer to take over its idled operations, which were funded with a controversial $535 million federal loan guarantee.
Solyndra filed for bankruptcy this month with a plan to try to find a buyer by early October who could restart its recently shuttered factory and rehire some of its 1,000 staff.
Republican lawmakers have accused the Obama administration of ignoring signs of financial trouble at the company in its haste to grant the loan guarantee and participate in a groundbreaking of Solyndra's federally backed factory in California. … Read more
American solar-system manufacturer Solyndra announced today that it would suspend operations immediately and file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.
More than 1,000 employees have been laid off, effective immediately.
The company offered "global economic and solar industry market conditions" as the reason. In March 2009, the company received a $535 million loan guarantee from the U.S. Treasury's Federal Financing Bank. The money was used to expand manufacturing capacity in Fremont, Calif.
Options for the company's bankruptcy include the licensing of its CIGS technology and manufacturing expertise and an outright sale of its business.
The … Read more
As expected, Dish Network has had to continue to whittle down Blockbuster.
Dish, the satellite TV company, said today in a statement that it will continue to operate "more than 1,500 U.S. Blockbuster stores," but added that "despite our efforts to reach reasonable terms, some property owners have closed stores."
In April, Dish paid $320 million for Blockbuster as part of a bankruptcy auction, one of the many humiliations the once-dominant video rental company has had to suffer in recent years. Dish wouldn't say exactly how many stores would close but it could … Read more