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June 14, 2012 at 1:44 PM

Source: Nope, Microsoft’s not buying Hulu

I made a crazy guess about what Microsoft’s going to announce at its surprise press event Monday in Los Angeles, but I guess it was a little too crazy. I speculated that Microsoft might announce a big deal with streaming video provider Hulu. But a source familiar with the situation just told me that’s not happening. Apologies…

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Comments | Topics: Digital media, Digital TV, hulu

May 14, 2012 at 9:50 AM

Startups at Microsoft: Inside story of Xbox wins, Zune losses

The truly inside story of starting the Xbox and Zune businesses at Microsoft was shared in a remarkable lecture Friday by Robbie Bach, the retired president of the company’s entertainment and devices business. Bach shared his unique perspective on why the Xbox was a success and the Zune was not during a presentation on intrapreneurship,…

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Comments | Topics: Apple, apple, Digital media

October 3, 2011 at 10:34 AM

Rhapsody buying Napster, Best Buy gets part of Rhapsody

In response to growing competition in the subscription music business, Seattle’s Rhapsody is buying Napster from Best Buy. As part of the deal, Best Buy is getting a minority stake in Rhapsody, which was spun out of RealNetworks last year. Rhapsody and Napster are the two largest “premium” subscription music companies in the U.S., the companies…

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Comments | Topics: amazon mp3, Digital media, Facebook

September 9, 2009 at 2:01 PM

Apple squeezings: Tart & juicy coverage highlights

Sounds like a thin batch of Cupertino cider today, judging from the testy coverage of Apple’s hyped “rock and roll” press conference today. Silicon Alley Insider: “Good to see Steve again. But a snooze fest for any Apple fans expecting new, must-buy products.” Engadget on the new iPod nano: “We came and we saw … but there’s…

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