Apple and Steve Jobs: Evil?
November 17, 2010

Author Tim Wu of the book “The Master Switch”, in a recent interview with the New York Times, gives some sobering, yet controversial thoughts about Apple’s role in information control that prove much more interesting than Apple’s announcement today. Wu finds Apple just a little terrifying. Paved With Good Intentions Wu, a professor of copyright law at Columbia University, writes about business “in the way that writers have traditionally written about war,” in his own words. His work focuses on the ways that power permeates commerce, sustaining some firms while destroying others.

Will Gamers Again Heed the 'Call of Duty'?
November 9, 2010

War's specter once again looms large over the gaming world, as "Call of Duty: Black Ops," the spiritual sequel to last year's smash hit "Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2," goes on sale Monday at midnight. The first-person shooter game -- available for PC, PS3, Xbox 360, DS and Wii -- has a hard act to follow. "Modern Warfare 2" sold a staggering 4.7 million copies on day one and eventually became the second-best-selling video game of all time in the United States.

Microsoft's Server Boss Talks Azure and More (Q&A)
October 29, 2010

Bob Muglia, Microsoft's president of the server and tools business, talks about upcoming additions to the Windows Azure platform to PDC attendees.

REDMOND, WA.--Microsoft is betting big on the cloud and wants businesses to do the same. After two years of building Windows Azure, Server and Tools President Bob Muglia said yesterday that the cloud operating system is ready for business customers of all sizes to give it a try. At its annual Professional Developers Conference, Microsoft announced several new Azure features including the ability to move existing applications and virtual machines into Microsoft's hosted service.

New Western Digital Media Player Offers Blockbuster On Demand
October 26, 2010

Western Digital unveiled an updated media player that for the first time grants users access to transactional video-on-demand movies from Blockbuster. The WD TV Live Hub media center is available exclusively from Best Buy for $199.99

Online TV Spats Mean Fewer Free Shows on Web
October 25, 2010

Broadcasters took a big step toward eliminating free TV shows on the Web after they blocked access to their programming online this month to enforce their demands to be paid.

Recent actions by Fox, ABC, NBC and CBS in two separate fee disputes suggest that after a few years of experimenting with free, ad-supported viewing, broadcasters believe they can make more money from cable TV providers if they hold back some programming online.

Google TV Announces Its Programming Partners, but the Top Networks Are Absent
October 5, 2010

Google announced on Monday its first Internet and media partners for Google TV, its effort to bring Web entertainment to television sets. But the announcement underscored the difficulties companies face as they try to work their way into the living room. CNBC Real-Time, an application for Google TV that allows for stock tracking on the screen. The Twitter interface for Google TV, a new set-top box with search functionality from Google. The major television networks ABC, CBS, Fox and NBC will not participate, at least for the moment. However, several networks, Internet companies and media outlets, including HBO, CNBC,

NBC Universal CEO Unlikely to Join Apple 99-Cent Rentals
September 22, 2010

NEW YORK (Reuters) - NBC Universal Chief Executive Jeff Zucker said on Wednesday his company is not likely to follow rivals to make its TV shows available for Apple Inc's new 99-cent rental service unveiled earlier this month.

Apple Faces Many Rivals for Streaming to TVs
September 6, 2010

When Steven P. Jobs introduced Apple's first iPod in 2001, it held more music and was easier to use than the handful of rival products already in the market. But it had a big shortcoming: it worked only with Macintosh computers, then less than 3 percent of the PC market. Steven P. Jobs of Apple may be hoping his latest attempt at Apple TV will catch on as the iPod did. However, for now at least, it provides little because users can rent shows from just two networks. A few upgrades later and with the creation of the iTunes Store

Amazon Plans TV Rental Move of Its Own
September 1, 2010

On the day Apple announced a new offer of 99-cent TV show rentals through the new Apple TV, word came that Amazon is working on a Web-based TV distribution model.

Is The iPod Still Relevant?
September 1, 2010

 But today, the ubiquitous music player has become less relevant to the company that essentially owns that product category. Apple still sells three-fourths of all MP3 players sold, but multifunction gadgets like the iPhone and iPad are getting the most attention from Apple customers, not to mention the rest of the electronics industry, and than iPods these days. So when Apple convenes to discuss music this Wednesday -- as it has every September for the last five years -- we think that Steve Jobs and Co. will touch on the iPod but also talk more broadly about media,