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    Electronic Arts is desperate; and desperate times call for desperate measures. Look no further than the company's multiple bids for Take-Two Interactive, a company with such a checkered financial past, pandering to the lowest common denominator of entertainment, but that apparently commands a 64 percent premium that in Take-Two's estimation still isn't enough.

  • My Take On Take-Two And EA Monday, 25 Feb 2008 | 11:07 AM ET
    The Electronic Arts headquarters in Redwood City, California.

    So we've just learned that Electronic Arts made a $2 billion bid to take over Take-Two last Tuesday. EA went public with the news Sunday after Take Two's board denied the deal. The notion of such a deal probably makes sports gamers cringe, much in the same way that trading card buffs feared Upper Deck's attempts at buying Topps last year

  • Microsoft's Xbox Live: Now You Can Create And Share Games Wednesday, 20 Feb 2008 | 5:40 PM ET
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    After rumors of everything from partnering with Netflix  to buying Epic Games (neither are true), the big news from the Microsoft keynote speech at the Game Developers Conference: now you can create your own games and put them on Xbox Live to share.

  • Tech Titans Back California Bike Races Tuesday, 19 Feb 2008 | 2:49 PM ET
    Chris Carmichael

    I'm writing from the road this week, taking some time off to attend legendary coach Chris Carmichael's cycling training camp in Buellton, Calif. The camp takes place at the same time as the huge Amgen Tour of California pro cycling race, and both are boasting their fair share of some pretty spectacular technology. Carmichael made a name for himself training Lance Armstrong...

  • Sony Playstation 3

    For Sony, it's about time. For Microsoft, "worry time" might be upon it. What's stunning, however, is how long it took for Sony to re-assert itself in the video game console market and shift the tide that swallowed up its industry lead.

  • The 'Fast Company' Top 50 Firms (Pt. 3) Friday, 15 Feb 2008 | 2:54 PM ET
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    Fast Company Magazine is issuing its annual list of the world's 50 most innovative companies.  Do you own a company on the list -- and should you? (PART 3)

  • HD DVD's "Unofficial" Official Death--Blu-ray Lives Friday, 15 Feb 2008 | 11:16 AM ET
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    It's official, or as official as this is going to get: HD DVD is dead; long live Blu-ray! All along, industry pundits have compared the next-generation DVD format war to the Beta vs. VHS conflict when VCRs first burst on the scene. I didn't realize just how true that comparison truly was.

  • Motorola Hangs Up on Handsets Thursday, 31 Jan 2008 | 6:22 PM ET
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    It is a stunning move by the pioneering name in mobile phones and the best data yet about just how deep the company's problems run: Motorola announced late Thursday that it is seeking alternatives for its handset business that likely will mean a sell-off of the division.

  • Microsoft Recession Proof? Could Be! Friday, 25 Jan 2008 | 7:22 PM ET
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    If you believe the media -- and you should, every word ;)  -- you'd think this nation was spiraling toward recession. But it's not necessarily so. Take Microsoft as an example...

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    When Microsoft's earnings came out yesterday, I had to do a double-take because it was hard for me to process just how strong these numbers truly were. I knew the company was poised for a strong quarter, but it was the breadth of its success, and optimistic guidance that took me, and so many investors, by surprise.

  • Nintendo Doubles Operating Profit, Raises Outlook Thursday, 24 Jan 2008 | 3:50 AM ET
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    Robust holiday sales of Wii and DS game machines helped Japan's Nintendo more than double its operating profit in the nine months to December and prompted it to raise its outlook beyond market expectations.

  • 2007 a Record Year for Video Games Thursday, 17 Jan 2008 | 9:48 PM ET
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    They are easily the most anticipated numbers of the year by Microsoft, Nintendo and Sony:  NPD's year-end sales figures for the video games industry.  And what a story they tell. NPD reports tonight a record $17.94 billion was spent on non-PC game hardware, software and accessories; a staggering 43 percent better than 2006.

  • Hey, Wall St.: Don't Dump Intel! Wednesday, 16 Jan 2008 | 12:54 PM ET
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    Ouch. There's really no other way to summarize Intel's earnings, and there's little question that Intel's softness took Wall Street by surprise. Just look at the shellacking these shares are taking today. But is the selloff warranted, or -- like so many other moves to the downside in recent weeks among the top names in tech -- is the Intel drubbing overdone?

  • Wii Sets Innovation In Motion Wednesday, 9 Jan 2008 | 4:14 PM ET
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    Companies are picking up on Nintendo's motion-sensing technology, incorporating it into new electronic products, some of which go beyond the realm of video gaming.

  • Two Stories To Watch: High Def And Motion Monday, 7 Jan 2008 | 8:23 AM ET
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    There are two stories I'm looking forward to investigating as the crowds hit the floor Monday. First, there's the state of the struggle between Toshiba, with its HD DVD high-def disc format, and Sony's rival Blu-ray format. Secondly, there's a new batch of electronics that incorporate motion-based controllers similar to Nintendo's Wii.

  • Gates Unveils Microsoft's Next Digital Decade Sunday, 6 Jan 2008 | 9:41 PM ET
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    Bill Gates is calling this period in the company's history the dawn of a new digital decade, and his annual, keynote address at CES is chock full of news, both technologically and financially.

  • Sony Tries to Build on Blu-ray Mojo Sunday, 6 Jan 2008 | 7:28 PM ET
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    Sony's game console sales figures for the holiday shopping season reached more than 3.9 million units in North America, but Playstation 3 is still well behind Microsoft's Xbox 360.

  • LucasArts Shows Off New Games At CES Sunday, 6 Jan 2008 | 1:13 PM ET
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    George Lucas' video game company is set to unveil two of the most anticipated titles the industry as seen since "Halo 3."  And these games may herald the next generation of films from the legendary producer.

  • Merry 'X'mas; As In 'X'box! Friday, 4 Jan 2008 | 8:14 AM ET

    Late Thursday night, Microsoft was touting the company's apparently monumental success with Xbox sales this holiday shopping season, even though the industry's gold standard of market research, the NPD numbers for December, are still weeks away.

  • The Biggest Tech Stories of '07 -- and '08 Monday, 31 Dec 2007 | 1:21 PM ET
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    This past year was a busy one for tech, including Apple's iPhone release; Halo 3; Xbox vs. Wii vs. PlayStation; HD-DVD vs. Blu-ray: Google's new mobile strategy; Intel's surge at AMD's expense; all things wireless; Oracle and Microsoft's blockbuster earnings; Yahoo's CEO shakeup; VMWare's IPO; the ongoing shake-up at Dell; and of course my favorite: Star Wars celebrating its 30th anniversary.