5 Companies That Had A Rough Week

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Red Hat Uninvites, Then Reinvites OpenStack Startup To Upcoming Conference

It's been a bad PR day for Red Hat. Earlier Friday the company uninvited Piston Cloud Computing to a Red Hat Summit in April and canceled its $13,000 sponsorship -- all without explanation. (A story on The Register said Red Hat was upset over losing a contract to Piston Cloud, which develops OpenStack-based private cloud technology.)

Piston Cloud co-founder and CTO Josh McKenty (pictured) suggested on Twitter that Red Hat be kicked out of the OpenStack Summit in May. Red Hat quickly made an about-face: CTO (and OpenStack board member) Brian Stevens tweeted an apology to McKenty and re-invited the startup -- at no charge. "We messed up," Stevens wrote.

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