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CrunchPad now called Joojoo; TechCrunch claims "ludicrous"

updated 01:15 pm EST, Mon December 7, 2009

Joojoo tablet designed only by Fusion Garage

As promised, Fusion Garage today responded to its legal battle with TechCrunch by formally announcing its results in the wake of the CrunchPad's "death." Now called the Joojoo based on an African term for magic, the device has the familiar 12-inch capacitive touchscreen and boots into its front end as little as 9 seconds. Its main menu has visual links to common websites like Hulu and Twitter and is now known to support the offline versions of some apps, like Gmail.

The tablet is already known to be based on a 1.6GHz Intel Atom, 4GB of permanent storage and Wi-Fi for networking. It's considered a better alternative than netbooks as it's both extremely thin and weighs 2.4 pounds; battery life is rated at about 5 hours. Future versions are also likely to have 3G.

Pre-orders start on Friday the 11th and will price the tablet at $499 and ship its first units in 8 to 11 weeks. Fusion Garage chief Chandrasekar Rathakrishnan has described TechCrunch head Michael Arrington's goal of a $200 device as "unrealistic."

In a press event, Rathakrishnan flatly rejected all of Arrington's claims to ownership. He asserted that Fusion Garage owns all the intellectual property and developed all the hardware and software; he went so far as to cite an April 10th TechCrunch post that gave "all credit" to Fusion Garage for developing the product. That TechCrunch owns any IP is "simply ludicrous," according to the executive.

He added that there aren't any contracts between the two companies and that there hasn't been any notice of a lawsuit. In justifying the last-minute split from TechCrunch, he accused Arrington of not actually helping the project beyond a certain point and of providing limited marketing beyond the blog, which wasn't considered enough.

"Pictures of a birthday cake do not mean a product is complete," Rathakrishnan said.







By Electronista Staff
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  1. scottshu@scottshu.com

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    No contracts?

    "He added that there aren't any contracts between the two companies and that there hasn't been any notice of a lawsuit."

    If that's true, how dumb are these people? Why would you commit man hours and resources to a project of this magnitude without a clear contractual relationship. Dumb.

  1. Zaren

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    Joined: Aug 2001

    +2

    It *does* look like...

    a Newton on steroids. They said the green screen was just a "trick of the camera", but I've never seen a camera turn the screen that color.

  1. BTBlomberg

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    Joined: Sep 2005

    +1

    This is fishy

    If what Arrington says is true, they were the client and Fusion Garage the contractor. What Fusion Garage says makes no sense at all. We don't know all the details, but from the sounds of it Fusion Garage stinks.

    I also agree with scottshu that you always should have contracts going into these arrangements, for Arrington's sake I hope he does.

  1. OtisWild

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    comment title

    @scotthsu: google Tony Wilson sometime, or _24 Hour Party People_.. Contracts in blood ain't what they used to be :p

  1. slider

    Mac Elite

    Joined: Oct 1999

    +1

    I think it's moot

    Seriously. Apple Tablet and Chrome OS on netbooks, not to mention other competitors likely to produce a similar tablet, such as Creative. People that even know about this device do so b/c of TechCrunch and were the likely early adaptors. This JooJoo from an unknown company isn't going to make any headway.

    I'm personally not a big fan of TechCrunch as many of the blog posts come across as whiny child-like ravings or as a personal soapbox based on the emotion of the week. For this along I'm willing to give Fusion Garage equal consideration in the argument. But, from what I knew, this was TechCrunches baby. Regardless, I think this is a long shot product without the possibility of a court battle, with it, just forget it.

  1. ggirton

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    +1

    call it humongous!

    it's like a humongous iPod Touch(tm) that won't fit in your pocket, has a lot less memory, a few linux apps (even Chumby has more, although no wifi), and no iTunes, and costs more.

    This joojoo needs big time joojoo, and I'm not talking touch screen and WiFi. Although I have to admit those ARE pretty serious juju. I wish them every success, and Mr.Arrington himself too.

  1. gitcypher

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    JooJoo

    An "African" term? Um...Swahili? Harari? Arabic?
    Fusion Garage, ignorance is never s***.

  1. c4rlob

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    Joined: May 2009

    +1

    Screen color lies

    So now it seems that the screen color was not a trick of the camera but it deliberately has different color backgrounds? Huh? Or can be changed to stay at one color? This company's work is starting to seem more and more like a scam. I'm wondering if in order to say TechCrunch has no part in the product they removed any technology that was contributed by TC until they can copycat it themselves?

  1. slider

    Mac Elite

    Joined: Oct 1999

    +1

    Well.....

    Good luck to them. Their in was their relationship with Arrington and TechCrunch. Perhaps they'll succeed in a market outside the US.

  1. iGlad

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    Joined: Dec 2009

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    JooJoo

    I read that the Techcrunch guy is a lawyer and I'm happy he's not practicing right now. Before the two companies sat down they should have come up with a agreement/terms and conditions. Obviously no contract being signed tells me far more about the arrangement. Techcrunch guy fronts it and when he no longer of use they dump him however Fusion have all the IP because they made the thing despite the original idea coming from techcrunch guy. Also as it uses off the shelf parts there's no patent to be registered surely and if so it would be Fusion who would do it not Techcrunch guy, as they developed the software.

    It's a great example of how not to run a project and will probably be used a s a case study at business schools in a few years time, especially if the JooJoo does well in the marketplace. However as we all all waiting for the Apple tablet then the Joojoo may have been in vain.

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