Microsoft alleges that electronics recycling and refurbishment firm Maven Technologies LLC has been selling refurbished PCs with illegal copies of the Windows operating system. A lawsuit from the software giant says the infractions date back to 2005.
Toyota is partnering with the Japan Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, and other manufacturers, to develop new technology to recycle rare earth metals. The partnering groups hope to have the technology ready by 2014, with 10 percent of the country's demand for rare earth metals recovered from automobiles and consumer electronics by 2025. Via Waste Management World.
BioSurplus, a company that specializes in life-cycle asset management for laboratory equipment, has secured $2.4 million in Series A financing from SJF Ventures.
The value of the components used to make Google's new Nexus 7 tablet is $151.75, according to analysts at IHS iSuppli. Apple's iPad components, by contrast, cost $316. Google's tablet retails for $199, versus $499 for the iPad.