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Eco mobile phone made of corn – coming from Samsung

Eco mobile phone made of corn - coming from Samsung

If you can’t sleep at night thinking about the environmental damage caused by your need to have a new cell phone every six months, you’ll be glad to know that eco-friendly cell phones made of corn flour are about to be launched in Korea by Samsung Electronics. The Samsung SCH-W510 has a battery cover and other parts made of bio-plastic constructed from corn starch and other environmentally friendly materials. The W-510 is the first of its kind from Samsung, and, according to PCWorld, the handset contains no heavy metals (lead, mercury, cadmium). Apparently, the high price of oil is partially responsible for this renewed interest in using plastics made of corn in manufacturing.

Via Telecoms Korea, by way of


TripIt nabs $5.1 million from old-school travel powerbroker

TripIt, which organizes personal travel information, expects to announce Thursday that it has raised $5.1 million in a series B round of financing from travel behemoth Sabre Holdings and German investment group European Founders Fund.

TripIt nabs $5.1 million from old-school travel powerbroker

Seed investor O’Reilly AlphaTech Ventures, which had previously put $1 million into the company, also participated in the round.

San Francisco-based TripIt, which was founded in October 2006, helps people plan trips, including flights and restaurant reservations, and then share their travel itineraries with friends and family. That the company raised millions from an old-school travel company like Sabre proves there’s still room to innovate in the business, especially with the use of social-networking applications.

TripIt said it expects to use the money to further develop and market its 6-month-old service in the United States and abroad.

Tim O’Reilly, partner at O’Reilly AlphaTech, said TripIt helps manage e-mail and personal data from the Web, which can sometimes work at cross purposes. “We have so many overlapping applications, and the next frontier is getting them to work better together,” he said in a statement.