Here are 46-50 and the last of MIT’s Technology Review’s 50 Most Innovative Companies in 2011. We have been posting in increments of five every few days as not to overwhelm you with info and required reading.
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Technology Review uses the following criteria to choose the most innovative companies,
What is a TR50 company? It is a business whose innovations force other businesses to alter their strategic course. TR50 members are nominated by Technology Review’s editors, who look for companies that over the last year have demonstrated original and valuable technology, are bringing that technology to market at a significant scale, and are clearly influencing their competitors.
46) Taiwan Semiconductor (TSM)
Why: A manufacturing process specifically designed for smart-phone and tablet processors will produce chips that increase computing performance without guzzling power.
Key innovation: Its new materials avoid the leakage of current that saps the energy efficiency of other high-performance processors with very small features.
47) Twitter (private)
Why: Microblogging has become a ubiquitous adjunct to major events, from earthquakes to revolutions.
Key innovation: A redesigned mobile application encourages users to discover content relevant to them while remaining within the ambit of Twitter rather than turning to third-party systems.
48) Wildcat Discovery (private)
Why: Has used high-speed methods to find materials that improve the performance of batteries.
Key innovation: Identified a pair of materials that could increase energy density by 25 percent in batteries for cars and portable electronics.
50) Zynga (ZNGA)
Why: Social gaming has dramatically expanded the demographic appeal of computer games and created new business models for game companies.
Key innovation: Zynga has mastered the art of giving away games and then persuading players to make in-game purchases of virtual goods, sometimes adding up to many times the typical purchase price of a game.