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  • Dell is giving its investors a long-overdue gift in the form of a $10 billion stock buyback authorized by the company's board this morning. That should mitigate some of what could be contentious comments at the company's shareholder meeting later today. Or should it?

  • Vivendi's World of Warcraft

    Big media is finally grasping that the sands beneath its feet are shifting; and Vivendi's bold step for Activision may be the beginnings of dramatic change for all kinds of digital entertainment. And it's about time. George Lucas (I know, major name-dropping here) told me not too long ago, that one of the key reasons for his studio's success is the seamless integration between his LucasArts video games division and LucasFilm, his studio operation.

  • Vivendi to Merge Gaming Unit with Activision Monday, 3 Dec 2007 | 2:01 PM ET
    "WoW" character - Chromie

    Vivendi strikes a deal to combine its interactive gaming business with video game publisher Activision to form a new company called Activision Blizzard.

  • Building a Bigger Rival for Electronic Arts Sunday, 2 Dec 2007 | 3:17 PM ET

    French telecom and media group Vivendi is merging its video games unit with Activision in a $9.8 billion deal that combines the hit "Guitar Hero" and "World of Warcraft" franchises under one roof.

  • Microsoft Left Out Of Black Friday Console Wars? Wednesday, 28 Nov 2007 | 1:10 PM ET
    Black Friday

    The game console war enjoyed a robust battle on Black Friday and we're getting indications now of new momentum for Sony's flagging PlayStation franchise, and continued mega-sales for Nintendo's Wii. Hard data from Sony indicates a strong week for its platform. The company reports that PlayStation 3 hardware sales jumped 245 percent compared to Black Friday sales a year ago.

  • Activision Shares Surge on Raised Outlook Tuesday, 27 Nov 2007 | 6:08 PM ET
    Guitar Hero III video game set by Activision Inc.

    Activision, the second-biggest US video game publisher, raised its quarterly outlook, citing strong sales of its "Guitar Hero" and "Call of Duty" games, sending its shares up as much as 19 percent.

  • Dell to Sell Google Business Search Devices Tuesday, 27 Nov 2007 | 4:14 PM ET
    Dell

    Dell said it will sell Google search devices to help companies find information on their networks.

  • FCC's Reaction To Verizon's Open Network Tuesday, 27 Nov 2007 | 3:34 PM ET

    Thought you might find this interesting. It's from the FCC and as it says, it's the official statement from Chairman Kevin J. Martin on Verizon's open network plans: CHAIRMAN MARTIN’S STATEMENT ON VERizon Wireless’S PLANS TO INTRODUCE AN “ANY APPS, ANY DEVICE” OPTION FOR CONSUMERS IN 2008.

  • SAP Mulls Sale of TomorrowNow, Whose CEO Resigns Tuesday, 20 Nov 2007 | 2:57 AM ET

    SAP, Europe's leading software company, said it was mulling a sale of its TomorrowNow U.S. unit, which is at the centre of a legal battle with arch-rival Oracle.

  • Beowulf Movie

    The reviews for the new blockbuster-in-the-making Beowulf, released today, have been pretty good these last few days, but when it comes to the ground-breaking technology used to make the film, the reaction has been nothing short of overwhelming.

  • US Video Game Sales $1.1 Billion, Wii on Top Again Thursday, 15 Nov 2007 | 8:17 PM ET
    Nintendo

    U.S. sales of video game hardware and software jumped 73 percent in October, with Nintendo's Wii console regaining its spot as the top-selling console, industry data showed on Thursday.

  • Sony's PS3 With Blu-ray Gets Back As A Player Thursday, 15 Nov 2007 | 3:50 PM ET
    PlayStation 3

    Sony appears to be coming up with a winning formula. Amazing what a steep price cut will do, but you can't argue with success. Howard Stringer, Sony's CEO, is on the wires saying Sony sold over 100,000 PlayStation 3 units last week, calling the results "the breakthrough we've been anticipating."

  • Oracle Sees No Slowing in Earnings, Deal Size Thursday, 15 Nov 2007 | 1:44 PM ET
    Oracle's headquarters in California.

    Oracle, the world's No. 3 software maker, said on Wednesday it is on track to meet its quarterly and long-term financial targets and that it will start shipping a new product early next year.

  • Applied Materials will report earnings after the bell later today and after strong reports from Intel, nVidia, and so many of the biggest names in tech, the pressure's on this company to come up with something good.

  • Dell to Build Computers Using Sun Software Wednesday, 14 Nov 2007 | 12:18 PM ET
    Dell

    Dell will license Sun Microsystems's Solaris operating system and build computers based on the Sun software, the companies said on Wednesday.

  • Tech Stock "Wreck" Towed Away For Easy Buying? Tuesday, 13 Nov 2007 | 3:22 PM ET

    Call it Turnaround Tuesday: under-bought, over-sold, bottom-fishing, bargain-hunting. Whatever it is, it seems rally-time is finally hitting tech stocks. How long it will last is anyone's guess, but looking at the wacky whiplash these stocks have suffered over the past week, today's action is welcome indeed for anyone long in tech.

  • Microsoft's new family of Zunes is generating quite the buzz this week: new colors, new capabilities, and for the first time since Zune's original release, talk that Microsoft--dare I say it?--could close the gap with Apple and the iPod. Or not.

  • Intel's New, Smaller Chip Could Make Company "Bigger" Monday, 12 Nov 2007 | 12:57 PM ET

    Chalk one up for Intel Corp. The world's largest chipmaker is out to get bigger by getting smaller, thanks to the release today of its new "Penryn" family of microprocessors. These are the first to rely on a material called Hafnium, instead of the tried-and-true silicon that gave Silicon Valley its name

  • IBM, Cognos Shares Rise on $5 Billion Acquisition Monday, 12 Nov 2007 | 12:17 PM ET

    IBM said Monday it plans to buy Cognos for $5 billion in cash, a deal that could help it keep pace with rivals in "business intelligence" software

  • Marc Andreessen

    After Marc Andreessen, the Netscape and Opsware co-founder, posted some new media advice for his old media counterparts in Hollywood on his blog, his thoughts sent tongues wagging. I blogged about this Friday.

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