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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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The problem with the Billionaire Savior phase of the newspaper collapse has always been that billionaires don’t tend to like the kind of authority-questioning journalism that upsets the status quo.

— Ryan Chittum, writing in the Columbia Journalism Review about the promise of Pierre Omidyar’s new media venture with Glenn Greenwald