John Paczkowski

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The Company That Created Betamax, MiniDiscs and Memory Sticks Lose a Format War? Never …

Locked in a pitched battle with HD DVD supporters for next-generation DVD supremacy, Sony is doing all that it can to ensure that its Blu-ray format isn’t Betamaxed by the competition. And so today, the company cut the price of its newest Blu-ray player from $599 to $499. Considering that Sony’s first Blu-ray player was released just six months ago for $1,000, that’s a pretty dramatic price drop. Sony says it’s the result of lower-than-expected manufacturing costs. That’s certainly plausible. Still, you can’t help but wonder if the company’s finally realized the PlayStation 3 isn’t the Blu-ray Trojan horse it had hoped and is desperately trying to level the playing field in which HD DVD players have been selling for less than $300 for some time now.

Twitter’s Tanking

December 30, 2013 at 6:49 am PT

2013 Was a Good Year for Chromebooks

December 29, 2013 at 2:12 pm PT

BlackBerry Pulls Latest Twitter for BB10 Update

December 29, 2013 at 5:58 am PT

Apple CEO Tim Cook Made $4.25 Million This Year

December 28, 2013 at 12:05 pm PT

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I think the NSA has a job to do and we need the NSA. But as (physicist) Robert Oppenheimer said, “When you see something that is technically sweet, you go ahead and do it and argue about what to do about it only after you’ve had your technical success. That is the way it was with the atomic bomb.”

— Phil Zimmerman, PGP inventor and Silent Circle co-founder, in an interview with Om Malik