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  • 'Halo' Video Game Makers Align With Activision Thursday, 29 Apr 2010 | 11:09 AM ET
    Halo 3

    Bungie Studios, the development house behind one of the most successful franchise in video games, has found a new home—and Activision may be on the verge of having its third billion-dollar franchise.

  • HP Buys Palm; Watch Out Microsoft Wednesday, 28 Apr 2010 | 5:04 PM ET
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    The real question with Hewlett-Packard's $1.2 billion purchase of Palm is can it do in the marketplace what Palm was unable to do by itself?

  • Toymakers Bridging Tradition and Innovation Wednesday, 28 Apr 2010 | 2:02 PM ET
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    Children are wired up with cell phones, consoles, iPods, and computers as early as grade school these days, but this doesn’t mean all tradition is lost. The goal now is to seamlessly merge the old and the new, keeping kids interested with products that impart traditional play patters with flashes of the digital world.

  • MLB Games to Stream Live on PS3 Thursday, 22 Apr 2010 | 3:34 PM ET
    PlayStation 3

    The service is a strategic expansion for both parties. MLB hopes to dramatically grow the number of subscribers to its online service, while Sony continues to grow the PS3 beyond its gaming roots.

  • The Kindle is Amazon's Red Herring Thursday, 22 Apr 2010 | 1:52 PM ET
    Amazon Kindle

    The company is facing increasing pressure from publishers, and lots of competition from a slew of e-readers on the market, and many, many more that are headed to market, not the least of which are devices from Apple and Sony .

  • Microsoft's Earnings: Are They Swinging for the Fences? Thursday, 22 Apr 2010 | 12:44 PM ET
    Microsoft Earnings

    Microsoft's earnings come at a rare time for this company: A stuffed product pipeline, dual upgrade cycles for both consumers and the enterprise, and a general feeling that innovation is alive and well in Redmond.

  • Underwater Photography Made Easier Thursday, 22 Apr 2010 | 11:07 AM ET
    Panasonic Lumix TS2

    Most people with cameras, even parents who overrecord every instant of their children’s lives, wind up with a huge hole in the photographic record: all the wet times. Nothing at water parks, in the waves, in the pool, in the rain, on sailboats or surfboards. And no wonder - you’d ruin your camera or camcorder.

  • Epix Finally Signs DISH Distribution Deal Monday, 19 Apr 2010 | 9:36 AM ET
    EPIX

    Premium cable channel Epix has finally signed its first national distribution deal—to Dish Network's 14 million satellite TV customers.

  • Activision and Electronic Arts: The Brewing War Wednesday, 14 Apr 2010 | 7:05 PM ET
    Electronic Arts Headquarters, Redwood City, California

    While the level of rhetoric gets high in any corporate battle, it has moved well past that in this fight, with high profile employees being wooed away and gamer loyalties being put to the test. Ultimately, though, it's shareholders that, for better or worse, could be caught in the middle.

  • Most Trusted Brands for Small Biz Monday, 12 Apr 2010 | 12:05 PM ET
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    Portfolio.com is making public for the first time the annual results of the American City Business Journals' survey which asks owners of small and medium businesses to rate 200 brands.

  • Apple Gets Serious About Games: It's iPad vs Xbox Thursday, 8 Apr 2010 | 5:04 PM ET
    Apple iPad

    Beginning this fall, iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch customers will have a new operating system for their devices that features a host of improvements, the company announced Thursday.

  • Tiger Woods Video Game Sees 'Strong Interest': EA Tuesday, 6 Apr 2010 | 4:17 PM ET

    There has been no drop-off in business since Tiger Woods’ scandal and our latest video game—Tiger Woods PGA Tour 11—will aim to draw sales from an uncommon group of audience, said Peter Moore, president of Electronic Arts Sports.

  • Apple Is Still a Good Buy: Senior Analyst Monday, 5 Apr 2010 | 4:48 PM ET

    Apple shares hit an all-time high Monday following news that the tech giant sold more than 300,000 iPads Saturday, in its first day available at retail. Is there more room to run for the stock? Toni Sacconaghi, senior research analyst at Sanford C. Bernstein, shared his insights.

  • Apple says it sold more than 300,000 iPads on its first day of sales on Saturday across the U.S. Will Apple shares continue to rise on its new product? Yair Reiner, applied technology senior analyst at Oppenheimer & Co. shared his views.

  • Pac-Man at 30: An iPad Comeback? Friday, 2 Apr 2010 | 10:24 AM ET
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    Namco Bandai, the company behind the character, is planning a number of new Pac-Man game releases to coincide with the anniversary.

  • Sony Pursues Bold New Strategy to Challenge Rivals Monday, 29 Mar 2010 | 5:05 PM ET
    PlayStation 3

    Sony's new retail store in Nagoya, Japan is more hip and up-to-date than the company’s traditional Sony Style outlets and it's emblematic of hte company's struggle to regain its footing after a host of missteps.

  • Did Nintendo Doom New Handheld Before Its Release? Monday, 29 Mar 2010 | 4:46 PM ET
    Nintendo DSi XL

    Nintendo has made a habi of tweaking its Nintendo DS handheld gaming system and re-releasing it. The upgrades typically goose consumer demand, and there was no reason to think the just-launched Nintendo DSi XL would be any different.

  • Bollywood dancers doing routine on set.

    I just got back from a ten day trip to northern India; I was on vacation but the media stories there were inescapable. Billboards, TV ads, and magazine covers reminded me that this is a massive new market for U.S. media giants and social networks.

  • Top Online Video Games to Watch in 2010 Friday, 26 Mar 2010 | 4:27 PM ET
    There’s big money in the world of online gaming – and not just in the obvious places. While Activision-Blizzard has had a lock on the large-scale multiplayer gaming crown for years, it’s now facing competitors it never counted on. And more are on the way. Here’s a look at some of the most popular online games around today – as well as a few that are expected to make a big splash in the coming years.

    Here’s a look at some of the most popular online games around today – as well as a few that are expected to make a big splash in the coming years.

  • World of Warcraft

    Activision, the video game industry's leader in persistent world gaming, will face new challenges from Electronic Arts and 38 Studios in coming months.