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Time Warner Possibilities Put Glint in Apple’s Eye

Time Warner CEO Jeffrey Bewkes this week hinted at a meeting with investors that he might consider a sale of the company, according to a news report. Apple, which reportedly is interested in purchasing Time Warner or its media assets, is keeping a close eye on the discussions. Buying Time Warner's a...

The Strange Resurrection of Atari’s Long-Buried E.T.

The National Museum of American History, part of the Smithsonian, has added a vintage copy of the Atari 2600 video game E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial to its collection. This particular game is meant to fill a void in the museum's collection, namely the unrepresented dark days of the 1980s when the Unit...

Google Calls In Legal Eagles in MPAA Piracy Skirmish

Google has filed a lawsuit against Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood, the latest salvo in its piracy battle with the Motion Picture Association of America. Hood targeted Google with an "unreasonable, retaliatory and burdensome" subpoena, the complaint says. The referenced subpoena likely is part...

The Fortune 500 Crowdfunding Conundrum

Semiconductor company Marvell recently launched its Kinoma Create construction kit for consumer electronics on Indiegogo. Should a $6.5 billion company turn to crowdfunding to raise money? Are large companies drying up a source of funding that otherwise would be available to startups? Is that morall...

ANALYSIS

4K Ultra HD: A New Era in Video Content

Since the start of 2014, the buzz around consumer video technology has centered on 4K Ultra High Definition, or UHD, video. At both the Consumer Electronics Show and the National Association of Broadcasters Show, the exhibit halls were filled with massive screens showing incredibly clear, vibrant vi...

Courtroom Drama: Hollywood Sues Megaupload

Six Hollywood studios have banded together in a copyright infringement lawsuit against Megaupload, the wildly popular though now shuttered site that, in its heyday, was ground zero for file-sharing. The suit doesn't specify an amount of damages, but does say that the studios should be entitled to $1...

Netflix Plays Its Q1 Cards Right

The market is popping champagne corks over Netflix's latest earnings report. A day after the company delivered boffo results and beat Street expectations for the first quarter, its stock has soared by some 25 percent. Among the goodies in Monday's report: Netflix posted net income of $3 million, com...

TECH TREK

Language Barriers Block BlackBerry From Japan Launch

Unable to justify the operating costs, BlackBerry will not launch its newest handsets, the Z10 and Q10, in Japan -- at least not anytime soon. The requirement to modify its operating system to accommodate the language reportedly influenced BlackBerry's plan to bow out of Japan. Another possible fact...

SPOTLIGHT ON SECURITY

Spam Flies Fast and Furious in the Wake of the LinkedIn Breach

The deluge of spam dropped on members of LinkedIn last week perhaps could have been expected after a data breach at the site exposed 6.5 million of their passwords. Those messages, though, are more likely to harm members unaffected by the breach than those victimized by it. That's because members wh...

What’s So Special About an Amazon Tablet

Amazon's going to make an announcement on Wednesday, and the smart money is on the online retail giant unveiling its long-awaited tablet device. Though Amazon has officially been quiet about whether such a tablet even exists, rumors hold that it will run Android 2.1 and cost considerably less than t...

CONFERENCE REPORT

A Dreamforce Diary

One of the announcements Marc Benioff made in his Day 1 keynote here at Dreamforce was Database.com. The news is that Salesforce is now enabling its customers to store their data on their own hardware inside their data centers. There is a need -- or at least a demand -- for this capability, as man...

Walmart.com Wades Into Online Video Stream

Walmart is integrating its video streaming service, Vudu, with its Walmart.com website. Walmart acquired the cloud-based movie service in 2010. The service lets customers buy or rent movies to be streamed directly from Walmart.com or Vudu.com or from one of 300 Vudu-enabled devices including selec...

Rumored Facebook Music Deal Could Hit the Spotify

Facebook users may soon be able to stream, download and share music via the social networking site with a partnership with Spotify, a Swedish music service, according to codes found by software blogger Jeff Rose. The software engineer examined a code possibly in development that users could use to d...

Studios May Have More Up Their Sleeves Than $30 VOD Plan

It appears Hollywood is ready to give on-demand new releases a go. Four major studios reportedly are planning a video-on-demand service called "Home Premiere" that will show movies that have been in theaters for 60 days for $30 each. Warner Bros., Sony, Universal and Fox will distribute the digital ...

WEEKLY RECAP

Facebook Goes to Hollywood

Video rental stores made it so you don't have to go all the way to a theater to watch a movie, then online video channels like Netflix and iTunes made is so you don't even have to leave the house. The next step will be that you won't even have to leave the warm, squishy embrace of Facebook in order ...

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