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  • Playing Guitar Hero

    These titles are working their magic for new songs as well, and that could mean a critically important new distribution method for established bands, as well as new bands seeking a way to end run traditional music labels, trying to reach their fans directly.

  • Apple's Ebb and Flow Friday, 23 May 2008 | 10:40 AM ET

    It wasn't too long ago that Apple Inc. was out of favor on Wall Street, the stock languishing, the outlook nebulous, the bears drooling at the raise-'em-up-tear-'em-down prospects of one of the most compelling companies in all of technology.

  • Yahoo's Double Trouble: Shareholder Meet Delayed Thursday, 22 May 2008 | 7:09 PM ET

    It's a double-dose of odd news Thursday night from Yahoo: losing board member Ed Kozel, one of two true outside tech experts on the company's board of directors; and word that the company is delaying its annual shareholders meeting.

  • Michael Buffer Announces On Wednesday, 21 May 2008 | 4:51 PM ET

    Buffer, who recently recovered from throat cancer surgery and treatment, is back to his grueling schedule after a brief hiatus needed to recover. As we speak, he’s on a plane right now to London from Los Angeles, where he uttered his famous line on “American Idol,” to announce the Ricky Hatton-Juan Lazcano fight.

  • Video Game Downloads Could Reinvent the Industry Friday, 16 May 2008 | 5:14 PM ET

    Rather than having to pitch a video game idea and hope for funding, developers and skilled hobbyists can now create the game they want on the side—then let the market dictate whether their idea had merit.

  • EA Loss Grows Even as Game Sales Top Forecasts Tuesday, 13 May 2008 | 6:40 PM ET

    Acquisition charges pushed video game publisher Electronic Arts to a loss for its fiscal fourth quarter, but the company's strong software sales helped the company's revenue blow past analyst expectations.

  • As a fan of competitive eating, and first sideline reporter to ESPN's coverage of the Nathan's Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest, I'm proud to let you know that, as of today, competitive eating can be downloaded on your Wii.

  • Google's Back! (Did It Ever Leave?) Friday, 9 May 2008 | 11:40 AM ET
    How Google Got its Groove Back

    A funny thing has been happening to Google lately. Have you noticed? It's going up! And I'm not talking about the one-day pop it got from those surprisingly good earnings. I'm talking about the day to day creep-up, the steady momentum. The parallels to Apple are pretty striking.

  • Wii Makes Yamauchi Japan's Richest: Forbes Thursday, 8 May 2008 | 6:56 AM ET

    Soaring sales of Nintendo's Wii game machine have made former Nintendo chairman Hiroshi Yamauchi Japan's richest man, worth $7.8 billion, Forbes magazine said in its annual rankings.

  • 'Grand Theft Auto' First Week Sales Top $500 Million Wednesday, 7 May 2008 | 8:22 AM ET

    Take-Two Interactive Software scored more than $500 million in global sales of criminal action game "Grand Theft Auto 4" in its first week, marking what it said Wednesday is one of the most lucrative entertainment events in history.

  • After Iron Man, Should Marvel Go Into Games? Tuesday, 6 May 2008 | 3:26 PM ET

    But with the surprise box office success of “Iron Man,” many are now questioning whether the company should abandon its franchise model and bring development of video games based on its characters in house.

  • Viacom Reaps Benefits From Cable, Video Games Friday, 2 May 2008 | 2:19 PM ET

    Media giant Viacom spacer beat Wall Street expectations with strong profits driven by its cable networks (including MTV) and its "Rock Band" video game franchise. Net income grew 33 percent over last year's quarter (excluding an investment write down) to $270 million, while revenue was up 15 percent in the period to 3.12 billion.

  • Stocks Fall Ahead of Fed Tuesday, 29 Apr 2008 | 6:13 PM ET

    The markets dropped a bit as investors eagerly await Wednesday's rate decision. Find out what was moving in the Word on the Street.

  • Brett Favre

    When I heard on Friday that Electronic Arts was going to name the retired Brett Favre as its cover athlete for Madden NFL 09, I reserved judgment until I heard from you. I put up a poll and 65 percent of you thought it was either ingenious or a good idea, while 25 percent of you thought that it wouldn't affect sales.

  • Microsoft's Ho-Hum Report Leaves Investors Hungry Thursday, 24 Apr 2008 | 6:18 PM ET

    Microsoft follows Apple's lead -- when have you heard that before? -- reporting a good, but not good enough, quarter. And investors are taking profits off the table. Microsoft did beat Street expectations on the bottom line. ... So where was the weakness? That's the issue...

  • Favre on Madden 09: Is EA Crazy or Crazy-Smart? Thursday, 24 Apr 2008 | 5:50 PM ET

    So you probably just found out. Electronic Arts just picked RETIRED quarterback Brett Favre to be its cover athlete for Madden 09. Some will say it's stupid; some will say it's a great idea. Ingenious? Good idea? Won't affect sales? Idiotic? I'm not going to say what I think until I let you vote on it: So write in and tell me your thoughts...

  • Nintendo Profit Jumps 60% on Wii Boom Thursday, 24 Apr 2008 | 5:40 AM ET
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    Japan's Nintendo, maker of the hit Wii game machine, said on Thursday fourth-quarter profit jumped 60 percent but it forecast only modest annual growth of 9 percent as sales of its DS handheld machine slow.

  • Apple Investors Talk Back: 'On Target' or 'Garbage'? Wednesday, 23 Apr 2008 | 10:11 AM ET

    Hours away from Apple's earnings, as you might expect, investors are a little nervous -- with a stock going from $119 to just short of $170, and then back to $160 in a matter of weeks. Some of you have written in with your thoughts ahead of earnings. Here's a sampling...

  • Take Two Interactive

    Video game maker Take Two Interactive has been fighting off a $2 billion dollar acquisition bid by rival video game publisher Electronic Arts and pushing back talks until the latest in its blockbuster Grand Theft Auto franchise came out on April 29th.

  • Research In Motion: Optimism Rules The Day (So Far) Wednesday, 2 Apr 2008 | 12:04 PM ET

    Today could be a watershed day for Research in Motion after a raucous quarter that saw shares dip into the low $80s before launching their recent recovery over the past week or so. And that's the quirkiness comes in: never during the quarter was there an indication that fundamentals hit any snags, and yet shares suffered a precipitous decline.