Bondholder Kenneth Dart, after staying quiet, says he wants full payment—just like Paul Singer
Does SodaStream's turn toward branding itself as a sparkling water vendor—and its dismal financial performance—suggest that it's seeking a different future?
A federal judge in New York refuses to exterminate an asbestos union's inflatable rat, saying "Scabby the Rat" is covered by the First Amendment
In October, more than two customers joined T-Mobile from a competitor for every customer that left it
Dominique Strauss-Kahn acquired a 20 percent stake in a Luxembourg finance firm last year, but quit his chairmanship on Oct. 20. His ex-partner Thierry Leyne died on Oct. 23
Ministry of Supply’s Aviator jacket combines the structure of a tailored garment with the functionality of a windbreaker
Marvel isn't keeping quiet about its movie plans now that DC has publicized its long slate of superhero vehicles
U.S. consumers are more likely to believe marketing materials that include charts and other scientific-looking things
This year's must-have Silicon Valley office accessory: a $199 bear costume
A consumer spending slump dealt a blow to electronics makers in 2009. With industry sales expected to tumble 8% to $164.9 billion this year, Pioneer dropped out of the plasma HD television market and mobile Internet device innovator OQO shut its doors. Even the supposedly recession-proof video-game industry suffered steep sales declines.
But the year in tech wasn't all bad. Online retailer Amazon (AMZN) kicked off a frenzy of competition with its wireless Kindle e-Book readers. A certain operating system named Droid emerged to give Apple a run for its money in the smartphone market. And eco-friendly products, from big-screen televisions to music systems, became commonplace.
Read on for the 20 best products for 2009, as selected by BusinessWeek's technology writers and editors, as well as five highly anticipated products that failed to meet expectations.