Eastman Kodak to be delisted from Wall Street?

The New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) has warned Eastman Kodak they failed to meet its criteria and may well be delisted later this year. Eastman Kodak's share has been under $1 for 30 consecutive trading-days and will be expelled from the exchange early July, except if the share closes over $1 on the last trading day of any calendar month and has an average closing price of at least $1 over the 30 trading-days before that.

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Greenpeace: "HP greenest electronics producer"

Yesterday Greenpeace has announced the results of its 17th “Guide to greener electronics”, in which it ranks 15 major electronics producers based on respect for the environment (or the lack thereof). HP takes over the first spot from Nokia, while newcomer RIM (Blackberry) has by far the worst score. 

HP cleanest electronics producer

HP owes its rise from fourth to first to reducing carbon emissions from its supply chain, reducing its own emissions and advocating for strong climate legislation. Dell rockets from tenth to second place thanks to its high sustainability scores, but scores zero points in the “Clean energy policy advocacy” criterion. Nokia, who had been number one since 2008, drops to third because of energy issues. Apple jumps from ninth to fourth because of a top score in the 'green products' area.


LG, Toshiba and RIM (Blackberry) form the bottom three: RIM even received zeroes in six of the thirteen categories. LG and Toshiba are encouraged to improve on energy criteria.


Only two of the fifteen producers, HP and Dell, receive more than 50%. Last year, there were eight companies that reached the 'green' marks, but Greenpeace has upgraded its criteria “to keep manufacturers focused on environment and society”.

 RANKING 2011 (2010)



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 LG Electronics


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15. (nieuw)

 RIM (Blackberry)


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Amazon launches new tablet

Internet rumours suggest that Amazon will join the American tablet market in the second half of 2011. A date for a European release is so far unknown – as is the name. Amazon hopes to reach peak sales of 800,000 tablets per month.


The device itself will be made by Taiwanese Qanta, current manufacturer of Blackberry and Sony's tablets. E Ink Holding, manufacturers of Kindle's screens, will produce the tablet's LCD screens.


To Google or not to Google?

The rumours have been around since last March, when Amazon launched an AppStore for Android, which is why analysts think that the new tablet will feature Google's operating system as well. Some guess that Amazon will choose for a customised version without several Google apps (like GMail or Google Voice), as using them would require a new, possibly expensive, deal with Google. Specialists would take that as a bad step, as they see Google's applications as a perfect complement for Amazon's retail network.


So far, nothing is yet officially announced about this new tablet, but analysts mentioned the probable deep integration of Amazon's web shops, much like iTunes is integrated in the iPad(2). Indeed, the new announcement is seen by many as a direct attack on Apple and its tablet market share of over 80%. Apple is not really amused, and has filed a complaint for Amazon's use of their patented name “App Store”.

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