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Fusion Garage CEO Chandra Rathakrishnan has reemerged after unusual silence. In an interview with Engadget, the chief of the tablet designer acknowledged that the company had been "uncommunicative" and explained it as the company focusing its efforts on staying solvent. The company needed a new round of funding to "continue surviving," he said, and was talking to a number of possible investors.
More signs that Fusion Garage may be shutting down emerged Sunday. Michael Arrington, founder and former employee of TechCrunch, noted that law firm Quinn Emmanuel had formally requested last week that it withdraw as the defense against AOL's lawsuit for alleged fraud over what ultimately became the JooJoo tablet. Singapore-based Fusion Garage hadn't been paying for services for "several months," according to the request, and there had been a "breakdown in communication" that made any reconciliation difficult.
Fusion Garage may have quietly burned out of existence. Along with letting its FusionGarage.com and TheJooJoo.com web domains expire, users are reporting both in forums and on Facebook that the company has stopped shipping orders and at least sometimes hasn't provided refunds. Its social team stopped using Facebook in October and last posted on Twitter December 9.
Last month, Fusion Garage outed its Grid 10 tablet. The device was supposed to ship September 15, and carry prices of $499 for a Wi-Fi version and $599 for 3G. The company is now accepting orders for the US for the 10.1-inch tablet, but with an expected October 1 ship date and prices of $299 and $399 respectively.
Mystery 'startup' TabCo in a tweet (since deleted) spoiled its own launch by confirming that its first product is the Grid 10, better known as the JooJoo 2. The 10-inch, likely Android-based tablet is due to officially be announced at noon. Most details still aren't known, although the team will likely customize the interface.
Corroborating earlier reports, Fusion Garage appears to be moving ahead with the successor to the JooJoo tablet. The company has pushed a new device through the FCC using the model name Grid10. The label schematics suggest the device is built with a tablet-size form factor, however the documents do not provide further details surrounding the design.
Fusion Garage chief Chandrashekar Rathakrishnan said on Thursday that the existing JooJoo tablet was being phased out. The one-time iPad rival was marked as "end of life" and would mark an end to the original platform, the CEO told e27. The switch to Android was going to lead to a "completely different" set of hardware.
Fusion Garage tonight revealed that a sequel to the JooJoo tablet was in development but would make a major switch in platforms. The new model would use Android and would be customized for the larger format much like Samsung's Social Hub or Windows Phone 7's People Hub, merging messaging like Gmail with Facebook and other social networking. Gizmodo was told that talks are underway with Google to receive official support and access to Android Market, but the design may force Fusion Garage to go without the store.
TechCrunch today said it had found evidence that Fusion Garage's decision to break its partnership for the CrunchPad and sell it as the Joojoo was a deliberate "conspiracy" to exploit its partner's work. Michael Arrington pointed to e-mail that allegedly showed the company working with its PR firm McGrath Power to engineer the reasons for taking the Linux tablet out of its creator's control. Among the evidence given, Fusion Garage purportedly faked investor messages citing business plans and had employees who would aware they would "really sucker these people" at the website, although the latter might refer to Pegatron and not TechCrunch.
Fusion Garage today scored a partial but possibly ineffective win in its legal dispute with TechCrunch after a judge ruled out certain requests from the tech site in the lawsuit. District Judge Richard Seeborg denied a call for a preliminary ban on sales of the JooJoo tablet as TechCrunch wasn't clear how much profit Fusion Garage would get and thus what kind of damages there might be. The judge added that there wasn't clear an injunction would be needed to recover any perceived losses.