What started out as a great idea for a tablet PC, is now going to turn into a legal battle without a winner. The two parties that were involved in the original idea are now throwing stones at each other, making wild accusations against each other.
The Los Angeles times reports that:
In a Web conference in which he also demonstrated the tablet — dubbed Joo Joo — Rathakrishnan accused Arrington of falsely claiming credit for developing the device, saying the blogger had a “flair for the dramatic.”
Perhaps because of the dramatic mudslinging, the kerfuffle has Silicon Valley elites riveted. In one corner is Arrington, a blogger who used his online platform, TechCrunch, to become an industry heavyweight with formidable sway with an audience that looks to the blog for gossip and news on technology startups.
Arrington, in his post, said he took Rathakrishnan, a promising entrepreneur, under his wing and helped incubate Fusion Garage in the early days. Arrington claimed TechCrunch jointly owned the intellectual property underlying the Joo Joo tablet and accused Fusion Garage of pushing him out of the deal. Alleging Fusion Garage of theft of intellectual property, he promised to file a lawsuit.
Rathakrishnan today didn’t dispute the friendship that developed between the two and acknowledged that they had discussions about TechCrunch possibly acquiring Fusion Garage. But Rathakrishnan said, “Ultimately, nothing came out of these discussions. There was never any agreement.”
As I have previously mentioned it is sad that this project couldn’t get off the ground properly. I liked the design of the device and what it could do.
According to the Joo Joo website the device is going to premier on December 11, 2009. Odds are that it may not.