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Sony Joins Android/iPhone E-book Reader Fray

The Sony Reader has been out longer than some of the e-readers on the market, but the company hasn’t joined in the smartphone app wars until now. The company has confirmed it will make Sony Reader apps available in December for two smartphone platforms.

Sony Debuts 3D Pocket Cameras: No Glasses Required

Sony has introduced the “smallest 3D cameras” for shooting 3D still photos and panoramic landscapes using a single button push. The new cameras are the newest members of Sony’s Cyber-shot line of pocket cameras, and the first to shoot both 2D and 3D images.

Sony Launches Singstar Bollywood For PS2

Sony (NYSE: SNE) and Microsoft (NSDQ: MSFT) appear to have synchronized their gaming console announcements for India: While MS announced the…

EC Clears Sony BMG Merger, Again

The European Commission has cleared for a second time the 2004 merger that created Sony (NYSE: SNE)BMG, with no conditions or remedies. The…

Sony Cuts PS2 Prices In India

Sony India has cut prices of its PlayStation 2 console, which will now retail at Rs. 6990, reports Techgadgets. This allows the company to t…

Sony DisConnect Fud: Short Term Spin

We broke the story last week about Sony Connect’s changes (and eventual phasing out of the service) and layoffs planned…now Sony corporate…

Sony’s Talks To Buy ClubPenguin Off

Not sure who’s the other one in the fray, but someone is, and Sony is out. We reported last month that Sony was in advanced talks to acquire…

Sony Online Buys Online Gaming Studio Sigil

Sony Online Entertainment, the online gaming arm of Sony, has bought Carlsbad, CA-based Sigil Games Online. Through the deal, SOE now owns “…

Sony’s Road Warrior; Comeback Possible?

NYT had two detailed stories on Sony, two days in a row over the long weekend. The first one is a detailed profile of Howard Stringer, Sony’…

Earnings: Sony’s Q1 Losses Up

Sony’s loss widened in Q1, but the struggling electronics giant promised better times ahead. Sony lost 66.53 billion yen (about $569 million…

MGM Forms New Media Division

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios has formed a new media division and named Douglas Lee to oversee the new unit as executive VP. Lee will oversee…

Sony BMG Could Be Put Up For Sale

So says this FT story…World’s third largest music label Sony BMG’s half owner Bertelsmann is making preparations to sell its music compani…

Sony PSP To Debut TV Show Early

Its Sony’s turn to try something innovative (really?): in UK, it has signed a deal with Channel 4 for its new Friday night show Dubplate Dra…

TV on Sony PSP

Yes, it is now possible, even if it is an expensive, run-around solution: Sony has relased a firmware upgrade for PSP, and the big addition…

Sony To Unveil Restructuring Thursday

(reg req) A good and long story on Sony’s attempts to restructure itself…CEO Howard Stringer wil announce the changes this Thursday, and d…

When Will Sony Add TV Receiver To PSP?

When it happens, this will make a lot of people do a rethink: Sony is displaying its PSP handheld at the ongoing Royal Television Society co…

Norwegian Newspaper Creates PSP Version

(via Editors Weblog) The Norwegian newspaper Dagbladet, one of the biggest newspaper in the country, has created a Sony PSP friendly version…

Sony Brings Location Free TV to PCs

Sony is taking some good steps in digital home (read the Orb news today in this context): from October, it will start selling a network base…

Sony PSP Shifts Big Numbers In UK

Meanwhile, Sony PSP is breaking records in UK: it sold 185,000 units in its first three days on sale in the UK, according to market research…

Sony Adds Web browser To PSP

Sony is adding Internet access to its Play Station Portable in a bid to increase the portable device’s appeal as a handheld entertainment ce…

Streaming Movies May Come To Sony PSP

In an interview with Japanese mag Famitsu, head of SCE software platform development, Izumi Kawanishi, spoke of the company’s recent PSP fir…

Earnins: Sony’s Woes Continue

Sony announced its second quarterly loss in a row and slashed its profit outlook, in its Q2 earnings. Sony posted a net loss of 7.3 billion…

Sony PSP Gets Online Browsing, TV Programs

Sony PSP is formally adding several new functions to its handheld gaming device, including browse the Internet and download TV programs. Chi…

Online Game Is Tricky Business For Hollywood

Warner Brothers’ sale of Matrix Online to rival Sony after just three months underscores how hard it is turn a profit from a non-mainstream…

Sony BMG CEO Still Smarting

Sony BMG CEO Andy Lack is the eternal pessimist: at a time when everyone in the industry is hopeful for new digital technologies, he is worr…

The Sony PSP As Marketing Tool

Sony’s new PSP, with its vivid video, sleek design and hot sales, could be an answer for advertisers and marketers chasing increasingly elus…

Sony Launches MP3 Walkmans to Counter IPod

Sony has launched its first MP3-compatible flash memory digital music players under the Walkman name, in the latest bid to reclaim the lead…

Saving Sony

This is probably the 50th story with “Saving Sony” phrase…this one happens to be on the cover of Newsweek’s international edition…
Steph…

Sony Nodded Off on Digital Music

An admission from Sony, finally: they sucked, and still do. The company’s digital music service Sony Connect will undergo major improvements…

More on Sony Connect’s Movie Plans

Some more details on Sony Connect’s online movie service, to launch next year: they’re thinking of making it possible to properly buy (and o…

Sony To Support MP3

A day after Martin Tobias asks Sony to get off the ATRAC3 jihad (“I want Sony to stop being as*****s and get off the memory stick and ATRAC3…

Sony Agrees to Buy MGM for Nearly $3 Billion

(Update: The formal release on acquisition is out) The 4,000 movies library is sure to benefit Sony Connect’s online movie/video plans, and…

Apple Offered Sony iTunes Carriage

An explosive story..well, would have been. Apple CEO Steve Jobs offered Nobuyuki Idei, CEO of Sony Corp., the chance for Sony to come aboard…

Sony Reorganizes Digital Division

In U.S., Sony is realigning its digital division that will consolidate its digital services platform operations under recently appointed CTO…

Sony Details Of PSP Inside

A technical story on Sony’s upcoming handheld game and other multimedia player…
For some more layman like details, read this CNET News.com…

Sony Connect’s Video/Movie Plans

As I reported here first, Sony has plans to move beyond music, with its new Sony Connect service (Should I be angry with this chest thumping…

Sony Connect Launches in Europe

Sony Connect, the online music service by Sony, has launched in Europe…it opened its sites today in France, Germany and the UK, and will e…

Sony Connect to Launch 5 July, Late

In Europe, that is. Sony Connect, the online music service from Sony, will launch in the UK, France and Germany next week offering a choice…

Imagine Sony On Steroids

Howard Stringer is shopping for movies and music. But will content sell gizmos? A story following Sony’s big for MGM…That would give Sony…

Sony Connect Launches in Europe Next Week

(second item): Sony Connect, the online music service from Sony which was launched in U.S. with less-than-stellar reviews last month, is bei…

Sony Recruiting Team For PSP, PS2 Network

This hints at Sony’s plans for the network which will be designed to deliver content such as music and movies as well as providing strictly…

Sony Streams Music To Mobiles

Sony Network Services has launched a new mobile music service in Europe, in partnership with mobile solutions provider End2End.
The ‘StreamM…

The Greatest Music Deal In History?

That’s what the new Mcdonald’s ad promoting its free song giveaway with Sony Connect is claiming…talk about hyperbole. The campaign start…

McDonald’s to Offer Free Song Download

The McDonald’s-Sony ad will debut Monday, and offer customers a free song from Sony Connect..the ads are intended to stimulate sales of Big…

Sony Says ‘Cell’-Based TV Ready by 2006

“Cell” as in the powerful new “Cell” processor it is developing with IBM and Toshiba. Sony CEO Nobuyuki Idei said it would use Cell to power…

Sony Stumbles in the Digital Age

Missteps cost electronics giant $100 billion in market value…Almost two and a half years after Appleunveiled its iPod music player, Sony a…

Sony Aims to Amaze With Its Wireless TV

(reg. req.): Sony’s new broadband wireless TV will go on sale in U.S. this October…the TV, which was unveiled in U.S. at CES earlier this…

Sony To Launch E Ink-based eBook In April

The screen is about as big as half a paperback book and has a spatial resolution of ~170ppi. The device includes various edictionaries and a…

McDonald’s, Sony Said to Be in Music Pact

(reg. req.): Sony is aiming to line up McDonald’s to market the Japanese conglomerate’s new download service, Sony Connect, according to LAT…

Game Wars 2: Battle for the Living Room

Sony and Microsoft are preparing for the next round of the game wars: Who will control the home entertainment computer of the future?
The pr…

CE Giants Huddle For Wireless File Swapping

Philips and Sony have linked up with Nokia in a bid to forge a standard for swapping multimedia content between mobile phones and home-enter…

Sony Presents Personal Media Assistant

This is in addition to the new music services Sony announced at CEBIT yesterday: The mobile music service will be launched on a dedicated mo…

Dawson’s Creek Is a Soap

I kid you not…serious. Sony’s SoapCity soaps download site has started offering “Dawson’s Creek” selected episodes for digital download.…

Sony’s Andrew Lack on Digital Music

Sony Music Entertainment CEO Andrew Lack’s speech last week, his first after taking over as CEO a year ago. In the speech, he gives details…

Will Sony’s Campus Action Network Work?

Andrew Lack, CEO of Sony Music, is going on a PR overdrive…he is speaking publicly for the first time since he became the head a year ago.…

Sony Unveils Music Store, Gadgets at CES

Coinciding with CES, Sony has announced a music download service called Connect, which will be available this spring and will offer more tha…

Sony Takes Share in YooMedia

Sony has taken a 10 percent stake in British iTV company YooMedia. YooMedia, which develops applications for Sky Digital and other broadcast…

Microsoft-Sony Struggle Plays On

The design and functionality decisions underlying Microsoft’s Xbox and Sony’s PlayStation 2 reflect the differing strategies of their makers…

Sony Leads eBook Venture in Japan

Sony and 14 major publishing, printing and newspaper companies in Japan are planning a new eBook business that will focus on rental service…

More Upheaval For Sony

(sub. req.): FT does a story on Sony, following the announcement of the upheaval/restructuring at the company…The second meteorite [for So…

SoapCity Adds More Classic Soaps

SoapCity, the online soaps download site from Sony, has added more classic soaps into its stable: episodes from the archives of “The Young a…

Sony to Introduce Online Music Service

(via Frank Barnako): Sony Group plans to launch an online music service, for users of its consumer electronics and mobile devices….Sony’s…

Why Apple is So Tempting

Creative culture, killer products, zealous fans, and Steve Jobs. Memo to Sony: Bite! “Fact is, [Sony’s] Idei needs a bold stroke, or his day…

Qwest DSL to Funnel Free Sony Games

Qwest Communications is bundling Sony games and entertainment with its DSL service–called MSN Broadband powered by Qwest–in an attempt to…

Sony Pictures In Deal With Vodafone

Sony Pictures Mobile has announced a major new deal with Vodafone that will add Sony Pictures content to Vodafone Live! service. Vodafone Li…

Sony Launches ‘Star Wars’ Online Game

Yep, its finally online…Sony has quietly released “Stars Wars Galaxies,” the long-awaited online game based on the movie series. “Galaxies…

SoapCity A Crucial Test Case for Sony

SoapCity, the soaps download site run by Sony, has finished its two-month marketing trial runs in St. Louis and Indianapolis…these cities…

Sony Unveils New ‘PSX’ Game Machine

Sony has unveiled a game machine on Wednesday, the “PSX,” that puts a TV tuner, DVD recorder and game player in a single box.
For brilliant…

One-stop Shop With Screenblast

(subscription required): Screenblast, Sony Pictures Digital’s online service for consumer-created content, has unveiled a premium subscripti…

Roxio To Acquire Pressplay for $30 Million

Roxio is close to a deal to acquire Pressplay, the online-music operation owned by the music units of Vivendi Universal and Sony, for about…

Sony bets on patience for handheld games

Electronics giant Sony has been eying the handheld gaming market for years but held off until technology and the market were right, a compan…

Sony Announces All Access Subscription

Sony Online Entertainment has introduced plans for an all-encompassing subscription service that’ll allow gamers access to all of the compan…

Sony Buys Sonic Foundry Products

Sony has bought off the desktop software assets of Sonic Foundry, the company that helped develop core software for Sony’s own broadband ser…

Sony Stuns with Weak Profits

Sony Corp shocked investors on Thursday by falling far short of earnings targets and projecting a profit slide, blaming war worries and a co…

Sony TV Would Grab Streams From the Net

Sony is developing a plasma screen television set that’s intended to tune in streaming video from home networks and the Internet as easily a…

65 Stories on Sony in As Many Days

Are you sick of hearing Sony’s view on convergence? When you’re done with it, just let us know, please…

Online PS2 Gamers Achieve New High-Score

Less than nine months after its launch, Sony’s PlayStation 2 Internet adapter, which enables online gaming, has sold almost one million unit…

Sony’s CEO Unplugged: Whatever Perkins

Sony’s CEO Unplugged: Whatever Perkins says, take it with a fistful of salt: this is NOT a rare interview, as the story declares: in fact, S…

Sony Backs Rival MusicNet: Sony

Sony Backs Rival MusicNet: Sony Music, co-owner of the Pressplay online music service, has provided funding to rival service MusicNet. This…

The Complete Home Entertainer?: “Sony

The Complete Home Entertainer?: “Sony is pursuing the other big idea in the media giants’ growth strategy: vertical integration. But once ag…

Sony Is Venturing Into Online

Sony Is Venturing Into Online Games for Multitudes: Sony plans to use grid computing, a concept that originated in supercomputing centers, t…

Miss Your Soap Episode? Download it

This, I have to say, is a bit of a milestone. Sony’s SoapCity.com is offering digital versions of two popular daytime programs over the Inte…

Ericsson and Sony Music Germany

Ericsson and Sony Music Germany Launch Wireless Music Content Service: Ericsson and Sony Music Germany will collaborate on a new digital mob…

SPD, Qualcomm Play Mobile Games:

SPD, Qualcomm Play Mobile Games: Sony Pictures Digital and Qualcomm will bring movie-based games to mobile phones. All of these products wil…

Yahoo settles with Sony Music:

Yahoo settles with Sony Music: Yahoo has settled with Sony Music Entertainment as part of a lawsuit filed by the recording industry against…

The Civil War Inside Sony:

The Civil War Inside Sony: Sony Music wants to entertain you. Sony Electronics wants to equip you. The problem is that when it comes to digi…

Sony Rallies its Empire: The

Sony Rallies its Empire: The convergence, as seen by companies like Sony, LG and Matsushita: an interesating contrast form the convergence s…

Sony?s New Day: If you

Sony?s New Day: If you read one story for today, read this. Stephen Levy does a story on how Sony is trying to re-invent itself for the digi…

Sony’s SoapCity Bubbles with Programs

SoapCity, Sony Pictures Digital Entertainment’s online soap opera destination site, is poised to offer popular daytime TV programs over the…

PreCache Survives, With Help From

PreCache Survives, With Help From Sony’s Infusions of Cash: An interesting story by WSJ on PreCache, a digital publishing solutions company…

SoapCity.com to sell serials online

Sony Pictures Digital Entertainment plans to let soap opera fans tune into daytime dramas from the desktop, as part of an on-demand subscrip…

Sony Music Buys Run tones:

Sony Music Buys Run tones: Record label Sony Music Entertainment has purchased a small New York wireless entertainment company as part of a…

Xbox Live Comes Online: Microsoft

Xbox Live Comes Online: Microsoft has unveiled its “Xbox Live” broadband game service for its Xbox game console. “There is a big difference…

T-Mobile To Sell Sony Picture’

T-Mobile To Sell Sony Picture’ Content (subscription required): Wireless operator T-Mobile has agreed to buy and distribute content world-wi…

Sony Plans Spring Launch for

Sony Plans Spring Launch for European Online Gaming: Sony will launch an online gaming network in Europe next spring for its top-selling Pla…

Sony’s Online Gaming Plans a

Sony’s Online Gaming Plans a Big Gamble: Sony will release on Aug. 27 a network adapter that allows its PlayStation 2 game console to tap in…

Will PS2’s Online Gaming Gamble

Will PS2’s Online Gaming Gamble Pay Off?: The video and digital gaming industry is closely watching Sony’s push to move PlayStation 2 game c…

PlayStation 2’s Online Plans: Sony

PlayStation 2’s Online Plans: Sony will launch its online gaming offering for the PlayStation 2, giving it a headstart of over two months on…

Net’s Newest Boomtowns: Online Virtual

Net’s Newest Boomtowns: Online Virtual Worlds: Business 2.0 has a fascinating story on how game publishers such as Sony are raking in money…

Sony’s EverQuest Largest Game Weekend

Sony’s EverQuest Largest Game Weekend Ever: Sony Online Entertainment announced that EverQuest, its online role-playing game, hosted 100,000…

Sony’s Musiclub Adds Pressplay and

Sony’s Musiclub Adds Pressplay and Rhapsody: Musiclub, the music resource site operated by Sony Electronics, has perhaps become the only sit…

RealNetworks On Sony Devices: Following

RealNetworks On Sony Devices: Following the earlier announcement that users will soon have the ability to transfer music from Pressplay to S…

Pressplay on Sony Devices: Sony

Pressplay on Sony Devices: Sony Electronics and the online music subscription service Pressplay have announced that users will soon have the…

Network Gaming Biggest Challenge

The Economist takes a look at the gaming industry, the “rare bright spot in the gloomy technology industry.” Besides the physical consoles m…

Global Payments Options For Sony?s

Global Payments Options For Sony?s EverQuest: Sony Online Entertainment will be using GlobalCollect’s online payment system to expand the on…

Wake Up: The music industry

Wake Up: The music industry has finally woken up. Universal Music Group and Sony Music Entertainment plan to cut prices for digital music do…