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Sony Electronics and the NFL's San Francisco 49ers have reached a deal under which Sony becomes the official consumer electronics partner of both the 49ers and the team's future stadium in Santa Clara, Calif.

One generates lines around the block with every product launch. The other one wants to. A by-the-numbers comparison reveals their differences.

Strolling around the Microsoft Store in Santa Clara, Calif., there's no getting around the fact that you've seen this all before. Like, across the street -- where a brightly lit, glass-paneled Apple Store stands. Microsoft is effectively emulating Apple's wildly successful retail experience, from the wordless, store logo out front to the branded, reusable shopping bags your purchases are stuffed in. How does Microsoft, which opened its first location in 2009, stack up

Rovi Corp. has updated features to the Rovi Entertainment Store aimed at supporting over-the-top services delivering video content through the Internet. Santa Clara, Calif.-based Rovi said the upgrades include adding DivX Plus Streaming technology and streamlining access to UltraViolet-compatible devices and user interfaces. 

Spurred by growth in Latin America, China and Eastern Europe, global sales of connected televisions are projected to reach 123 million units by 2014, according to a new report. Santa Clara, Calif.-based research firm DisplaySearch said 20% of all TVs shipped in 2010 included Web access capabilities. 

The NPD Group Jan. 4 said it has agreed to acquire rival In-Stat LLC, further cementing the Port Washington, N.Y.-based company as a leader in digital entertainment data research. Financial terms of the acquisition were not disclosed. NPD recently acquired DisplaySearch, a Santa Clara, Calif.-based analyst services firm and global leader in flat-panel TV display and electronics market research and consulting. “By combining information and services from DisplaySearch and In-Stat, we will be able to offer the industry a complete view of the digital world, including analysis of how digital content is affecting the evolving hardware market,” said Tim

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