The global economic downturn and rising Yen have claimed another victim: the LCD partnership between Sony and Sharp
. The joint venture to make and sell large LCD panels has now been pushed to March 2010 -- the same date that Sharp's new LCD factory in Sakai is still
scheduled to open. So one way or another you'll be able to snag the next generation Sharp- or Sony-branded LCD television assuming, a) the companies survive, and b) you still have a job. What, too pessimistic?