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  • Holiday Video Game Lineup Gets Smaller and Smaller Monday, 27 Jul 2009 | 5:49 PM ET
    Splinter Cell: Conviction

    With video game sales already 12 percent behind last year's pace, video game publishers and retailers have been counting heavily on a strong holiday season to help turn things around. More and more, though, that's looking unlikely.

  • 'G-Force' Topples 'Harry Potter' at Box Office Sunday, 26 Jul 2009 | 2:45 PM ET

    An elite squad of guinea pigs has worked its own brand of magic at the box office, taking the No. 1 spot from boy wizard Harry Potter.

  • New Venture Gives Hope to Music Investors Thursday, 23 Jul 2009 | 3:31 PM ET
    Music Cd's

    Is it the Michael Jackson effect? A new joint venture between Bertelsmann and KKR plans to buy an 8,000 song catalog which may boost the floundering music business.

  • Artists Find Backers as Labels Wane Wednesday, 22 Jul 2009 | 12:06 PM ET
    Music Albums

    There was a time when most aspiring musicians had the same dream: to sign a deal with a major record label. Now, with the structure of the music business shifting radically, some industry iconoclasts are sidestepping the music giants and inventing new ways for artists to make and market their music — without ever signing a traditional recording contract.

  • Examining Michael Jackson’s Personal Finances Tuesday, 21 Jul 2009 | 12:05 PM ET
    Michael Jackson

    I recently got my hands on Michael Jackson’s tax documents and a good ol’ fashioned assets vs. liabilities statement, courtesy of the folks at "EXTRA" who wanted me to assess his personal finances.

  • Michael Jackson's Next Big Sale Tuesday, 21 Jul 2009 | 6:50 AM ET

    AEG Live is looking to recoup the $30 million-plus it spent producing Michael Jackson's unrealized concert tour, and now it's selling off the rights to the rehearsal footage. Sources tell me that Sony Pictures Entertainment has bid $50 million to acquire the distribution rights.

  • Toshiba Feeling the Blu's; Apple Next? Monday, 20 Jul 2009 | 4:26 PM ET

    That cool wind blowing through hell? That'd be Toshiba's confirmation over the weekend that it would be building Blu-ray, next-generation DVD players before the end of the year. Tantamount to an Apple spokesman announcing that the Windows platform has somehow become "compelling."

  • Sony Bids $50 Million for Jackson Rehearsal Film Monday, 20 Jul 2009 | 2:13 PM ET
    Michael Jackson

    Sony's movie studio has bid $50 million to acquire the worldwide distribution rights to a film based on rehearsal footage for Michael Jackson's "This Is It" comeback concert series.

  • Jackson Assets Draw the Gaze of Wall Street Monday, 20 Jul 2009 | 12:25 PM ET
    Michael Jackson

    As the world sorts through the pieces of Michael Jackson’s life one month after his death, so, too, does Wall Street, says the New York Times.

  • June Video Game Sales Are the Worst in Nine Years Friday, 17 Jul 2009 | 2:22 PM ET
    A copy of the hot selling video game, Grand Theft Auto-San Andreas, is shown with other video games at the home of Coleman Garrett in Palo Alto, Calif., Wednesday, July 20, 2005. The video game industry bowed to pressure from politicians Wednesday and changed the rating for the sex-infused game Grand Theft Auto-San Andreas. The company says it's working on a version of the game with enhanced security to prevent modifications that allow access to sexual content. Rockstar Games says it's stopped m

    Video game sales in June posted the biggest year-over-year decline in nine years, rounding out a very weak first half for the industry.

  • A Hollywood Blogger Feared by Executives Friday, 17 Jul 2009 | 11:23 AM ET

    In the three years since she started Deadline Hollywood Daily, a daily blog about the entertainment business, her combination of old-school skills — she is a relentless reporter — and new-media immediacy has made her a must-click look into the ragingly insecure id of Hollywood.

  • What's Next For MGM? Thursday, 16 Jul 2009 | 3:00 PM ET
    MGM Studios

    Historic studio MGM has been the subject of lots of rumors and speculation about its financial health.

  • In Japan, Machines for Work and Play Are Idle Monday, 13 Jul 2009 | 11:13 AM ET
    Robot in Japan

    Japan’s legions of robots, the world’s largest fleet of mechanized workers, are being idled as the country suffers its deepest recession in more than a generation as consumers worldwide cut spending on cars and gadgets.

  • Sun Valley on Social Media Friday, 10 Jul 2009 | 7:50 AM ET

    Is it the next big thing or isn't it? That was one question discussed in the halls and around the lunch tables at the Allen and Company annual retreat in Sun Valley. Yes, there was plenty of talk about the economy and a big focus on healthcare, but when it comes to the next big thing, none of the startups here offer silver bullets for digital content monetization. The hot young things here are the there social media companies. In the spotlight: Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Facebook, Evan Williams, CEO of Twitter, Mark Pincus, CEO of Facebook application company Zynga, and Sam Altman, CEO of Loopt.com.

  • Google Goes After Microsoft, Kind Of Wednesday, 8 Jul 2009 | 12:46 PM ET

    Google's foray into the operating system business is grabbing lots of headlines this morning following last night's blog post that the company is set to unleash its Chrome OS into the market, a direct threat against Microsoft and Windows. And while the news might be intriguing, it's hardly news for a number of key reasons.

  • Video Game Price War May Be Looming Wednesday, 1 Jul 2009 | 1:16 PM ET
    Sony Playstation 3

    Video game systems could be significantly cheaper this holiday season.

  • Seeing The Forest For The Trees Tuesday, 30 Jun 2009 | 2:48 PM ET
    Hand plant money

    In the current economic climate, with C-level executives in every type of business wanting to wring every penny from their corporate processes, sustainability means finding ways to reduce, reuse, and repurpose anything along their supply chain, leading hopefully to a leaner, cleaner—and greener—operation.

  • Sony Not Working on PSP Phone—but Maybe It Should Tuesday, 30 Jun 2009 | 2:03 PM ET

    A PSP Phone could help Sony gain further traction in the mobile gaming market, and might just give it the boost its needs to catch up with Nintendo’s DS and DSi systems.

  • Motion-Control Video Games: Who Wins & Who Loses Tuesday, 23 Jun 2009 | 2:56 PM ET
    Logitech Wheel

    The move to a controller-less gaming culture might open up the industry to an even wider audience, as Microsoft (MSFT) hopes — but if Project Natal lives up to its hype, it could negatively impact some significant industry players.

  • Make Those Empty Storefronts Pretty! Tuesday, 23 Jun 2009 | 2:24 PM ET

    Empty storefronts can deter shoppers but there are some very creative solutions coming out to plug these gaping holes in the retail landscape, such as putting ads or art in the windows. One town is even considering making it mandatory for landlords to have something pretty in the window to avert urban decay.