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A Framework For Copyright Reform

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I watched a large part of the House Subcommittee on Intellectual Property's first hearing on copyright reform, and came away somewhat disappointed. While the panelists presented a variety of interesting viewpoints and worked hard to highlight areas of agreement, many of the Congressional Representatives were clearly confused about the law,...
A Framework For Copyright Reform

Major shareholder Third Point ups Sony stake by 9.4% as it seeks talks on proposed spinoff

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Sony’s major shareholder Third Point LLC has increased its stake in the Japanese company by 9.4 percent, as it seeks to push ahead on talks for a proposed spin-off of Sony’s movie and music businesses. According to a report by Bloomberg, citing a June 17 letter from Third Point to Sony...
Major shareholder Third Point ups Sony stake by 9.4% as it seeks talks on proposed spinoff

What is Apple up to?

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This is a continuation of the Big Change in the Tech World thread, February 25. We may look back at these as the Good Old Days before the tech guys clamped down and closed off all the loopholes that allowed us to create and share our own content, as well...
What is Apple up to?

Microsoft: 24M Kinects sold, Xbox Live hits 46M members

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Microsoft this afternoon released a wave of stats related to the Xbox 360, including Xbox Live membership growth and the first official update on Kinect sales in more than a year. The company says it has now sold 24 million Kinect sensors since the motion controller launched in the...
Microsoft: 24M Kinects sold, Xbox Live hits 46M members

Tell The USTR To Stop Being A Pawn Of Hollywood Lobbyists

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Every year, the USTR puts out its infamously laughable Special 301 report (as I've pointed out in the past, I've seen people in the ideologically-aligned US Copyright Office mock the Special 301 report openly -- showing that even those who support it know that it's ridiculous). The way it works...
Tell The USTR To Stop Being A Pawn Of Hollywood Lobbyists

Microsoft confirms R2 Studios acquisition, makes Krikorian a VP with the Xbox in mind

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Microsoft is silent no longer on its buyout of R2 Studios. The software giant has officially confirmed its purchase of R2, a home automation and entertainment startup, for an unspecified amount. It's also clearer that ex-Sling chief and R2 founder Blake Krikorian is central to the deal -- he's...
Microsoft confirms R2 Studios acquisition, makes Krikorian a VP with the Xbox in mind

Locked and Bloated

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The post Locked and Bloated appeared first on John Battelle's Search Blog.(image Vator News) Companies get big. Companies gain market dominance. Companies slowly pivot from their original values. Companies justify those shifts with nods to shareholder value, or consistent user experience, or inconsistent implementations of their platforms by (former) partners....
Locked and Bloated

Xbox executive to leave Microsoft for Zynga, report says

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Microsoft's head of Interactive Entertainment Business, the unit responsible for Xbox, may be Zynga's next CEO, according to All Things D. [Read more]...
Xbox executive to leave Microsoft for Zynga, report says

NFL commish says new multi-year partnership with Microsoft will 'change the game of football'

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The nation’s most popular sport is about to get real geeky thanks in large part to technology from Microsoft. During today’s big Xbox One launch in Redmond, Microsoft announced a new multi-year partnership with the NFL that will, according to NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, “change the game of football.” NFL.com is reporting that the...
NFL commish says new multi-year partnership with Microsoft will 'change the game of football'

Rupert Murdoch Announces The News Corp. Divorce: The Full Memo

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Justin Sullivan/Getty Images Here’s Rupert Murdoch’s official “internal” announcement explaining the News Corp. split. The important stuff: Murdoch will remain CEO of both the publishing business and the entertainment business. Chase Carey will be COO of the entertainment business. No details on the leadership of the publishing business. (Inside News...
Rupert Murdoch Announces The News Corp. Divorce: The Full Memo
Billionaire investor calls for Sony to break off part of entertainment business

Microsoft talks plans for premium content production, details Xbox 360's transition to an 'entertainment console'

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Yusuf Mehdi, senior vice president of Microsoft's Interactive Entertainment Business, just sat down alongside Nancy Tellem, Corporate Vice President at Microsoft LA Studios, to kick off this year's rendition of D:Dive Into Media here in Dana Point, California. The first session of the evening is being piloted by AllThingsD's...
Microsoft talks plans for premium content production, details Xbox 360's transition to an 'entertainment console'

Microsoft Talks Up Xbox 360 While Staying Mum on Its Successor

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Microsoft is no doubt cooking up the next Xbox in Redmond, but the company isn’t yet ready to share details. “All I’ll say about our current and future investment is (that it is) about doing things that are big and premium,” said Yusuf Mehdi, head of Microsoft’s interactive entertainment business,...
Microsoft Talks Up Xbox 360 While Staying Mum on Its Successor
News Corp to split off Fox Group entertainment business

New Call of Duty Titles Announced, Fired Devs Sue For Name

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eldavojohn writes "Activision has announced new Call of Duty titles while fired Infinity Ward Developer leads Jason West and Vince Zampella sue them for the rights to the name. According to Activision, 'The company intends to expand the Call of Duty brand with the same focus seen in its Blizzard...
New Call of Duty Titles Announced, Fired Devs Sue For Name

Sony to now think as “One Sony,” with a focus on digital imaging, gaming, and mobile

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In an effort to be more nimble with its decision-making (and less of a lumbering corporate giant), Sony today has announced a new business structure, which it’s calling “Sony One.” The initiative is Spearheaded by the company’s new CEO Kazuo Hirai, who has been vocal about his plans to...
Sony to now think as “One Sony,” with a focus on digital imaging, gaming, and mobile

Microsoft app store closes to minors in South Korea

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Microsoft has locked minors out of its mobile app store in South Korea since last month. Young users are blocked from the mobile app store as an unintended side-effect of the country's so-called "Cinderella law," which cuts off access to online games for users under age 16 from midnight...
Microsoft app store closes to minors in South Korea

Life with Google: "You're gonna get your ass kicked at some point"

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Honestly, we should have just rolled out therapist couches at this CEO Supper Club. I had no idea how much Google angst our LA Loudmouths were carrying. We’ve already brought you Jason Calacanis on why he decided not to take more money from YouTube, but the conversation about Google went...
Life with Google: "You're gonna get your ass kicked at some point"

Blake Krikorian Joins Microsoft's Xbox Team

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Microsoft today named entrepreneur Blake Krikorian as corporate vice president for its Interactive Entertainment Business. Last week Microsoft announced the acquisition of Krikorian’s home-entertainment tech startup, R2 Studios....
Blake Krikorian Joins Microsoft's Xbox Team
Stupid, Stupid xBox!!

Kerkorian Preparing a Return to Movies

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Billionaire Kirk Kerkorian is plotting a Hollywood comeback. The 94-year-old investor got in and out of the movie business three times over the course of four decades, profiting handsomely as he repeatedly bought and sold Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Inc. studio. On the sidelines since 2005, Mr. Kerkorian is now on the hunt...
Kerkorian Preparing a Return to Movies

Microsoft hires R2 Studios, Amazon executive Blake Krikorian

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Microsoft said on Thursday that as a result of its acquisition of id8 Group R2 Studios, it has hired technology maven Blake Krikorian to help run the interactive entertainment business for the Xbox gaming console. Krikorian will be the corporate vice president of the group, reporting directly to Marc Whitten,...
Microsoft hires R2 Studios, Amazon executive Blake Krikorian

Microsoft confirms that it has acquired home automation startup R2 Studios for its Xbox division

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Microsoft has today confirmed what was reported last week by the Wall Street Journal: it has acquired home entertainment technology company id8 Group R2 Studios for its Xbox division. What’s more, R2 founder Blake Krikorian is being appointed as corporate vice president of Microsoft’s Interactive Entertainment Business. An earlier WSJ report claimed that...
Microsoft confirms that it has acquired home automation startup R2 Studios for its Xbox division

Spotify for Android updated with NFC support for sharing your music in person, new offline bar

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Spotify today updated its Android app to version 0.5.3.56. You can grab the update directly from the official Google Play store. This is must-have release if you have Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich or Android 4.1 Jelly Bean: the app will now let you share music via Near Field Communication...
Spotify for Android updated with NFC support for sharing your music in person, new offline bar

New Xbox exec: Former PlayStation studios chief Phil Harrison

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Phil Harrison Here’s a hire that no one would have predicted five years ago. Phil Harrison, the former head of worldwide studios for Sony’s PlayStation business, has joined Microsoft as the senior leader for the company’s Xbox and video game business in Europe, including its UK-based development studios Lionhead, Soho...
New Xbox exec: Former PlayStation studios chief Phil Harrison

Rupert Murdoch's News Corp completes split from 21st Century Fox entertainment business

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Last December Rupert Murdoch's News Corporation announced that it would be splitting into two distinct corporate entities, and that vision has finally been realized. As of 4:30PM ET on Friday, News Corp and 21st Century Fox were officially separated — putting the majority of the company's profitable ventures under...
Rupert Murdoch's News Corp completes split from 21st Century Fox entertainment business

A fighting chance: News Corp's news and books are profitable as co. starts anew

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On the eve of Christmas, News Corp has finally revealed details about how the company will look after it cuts away its hyper-profitable entertainment business and requires its publishing operations to walk on their own. Here’s a look at some of the financial figures that will determine whether the reborn...
A fighting chance: News Corp's news and books are profitable as co. starts anew

THE GAIJINS ARE COMING! New Sony Owner Dan Loeb-San Tells Japan How It's Going To Be

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Shareholder activism is a rough business.    Investors who amass large stockholdings and then demand changes are usually resisted and excoriated by the companies' managements, who do everything they can to defeat them. The resulting fights for control can often be public and ugly, with both sides seeking to dig...
THE GAIJINS ARE COMING! New Sony Owner Dan Loeb-San Tells Japan How It's Going To Be

Sony Says Entertainment Business Not for Sale

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U.S. hedge fund billionaire Daniel Loeb proposed Tuesday that Sony Corp. spin off its entertainment arm –comprising its movie and music businesses — by taking up to 20 percent of the unit public. In a letter to Sony Chief Executive Kazuo Hirai, Mr. Loeb, founder of the hedge fund Third...
Sony Says Entertainment Business Not for Sale

Angry Birds, fat pigs and the future of television

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Rovio’s Angry Birds games have been downloaded more than 1.7 billion times, and are played by more than 263 million active users per month. The company is now targeting those hundreds of millions of players with a weekly animated show called Angry Birds Toons, which launched in mid-March. Rovio has...
Angry Birds, fat pigs and the future of television
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