Daily Archives: January 9, 2009

Carol BartzYahoo has moved a little closer to naming its new chief executive, with at least two of the three candidates on the shortlist being women, according to reports.

People close to the situation had been guiding us to expect an announcement around the end of January on who will succeed Jerry Yang, but they now say it may come just ahead of Yahoo’s fourth-quarter results, scheduled for January 27. Read more

sf-1100s-cpv-28.jpgIn what promises to be a dismal year for cleantech investment, there are two early bright spots.

Today SolFocus, a Silicon Valley company developing concentrator photovoltaic (CPV) technology, announced that it has raised $47m in series C financing. And earlier this week ZeaChem, a Colorado startup aiming to produce cellulosic ethanol, announced it raised $34m in series B financing. Read more

Firebird@CES, Las Vegas - What are the opposite of small, cheap, modestly powered netbooks for the masses?

How about big, expensive, high-end PCs for gamers?

If netbook sales are going to grow 80 per cent in 2009, according to Consumer Electronics Association forecasts, as consumers become more budget-conscious in a recession, does this mean sales of $4,000 to 6,000 PCs will plummet? Read more

Palm Pre@CES, Las Vegas – That was Wall Street’s verdict on Thursday when the struggling company showed off its long-awaited new operating system and the new Pre smartphone (the stock bounced by 35 per cent, though it’s still 50 per cent off its 12-month high).

If you really had to bet your company on a single gadget, this is not a bad one to pick. Read more