Sony Puts xBox Streaming Service on Pause

Just in time for the holiday season, Sony plays The Grinch.  (How's that for mixed metaphors!)

Netflix has teamed with LG, Microsoft, Roko, Samsung and TiVo to stream movies from its 100,000 title library. Today was supposed to be the launch of the Microsoft/xBox service ... until Sony put that service on hold. 

The Motley Fool thought it was an anti-competitive, since Sony owns Playstation 3 in addition to being the number one box-office king (it owns Columbia Pictures) in America. cNet says its a licensing problem. According to Sony's statement:
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Where Next For Microsoft?

Over at TechFlash this morning, Todd Bishop published a guest post by a disgruntled Microsoft stockholder about to attend his first stockholder meeting. The author, Michael McDonald, has reason to be disgruntled:
November 2000, I purchased 100,000 shares of MSFT at a split-adjusted, average price of $36 per share for a total cost of $3.6 million.
As one commenter noted, this is a "well-chosen" (and well written, I might add) guest post. However, from there, the commenter - Ted Howard - and I part ways. Specifically, I disagree with his xBox optimism and his thoughts on advertising as a business model savior. …continue reading →

MSFT Buys Another Start-Up

I went looking for Farecast today, only to discover that it's now part of MicrosoftLive.I missed that April announcement; no need to buy tickets and I wasn't regularly reading Todd Bishop (shame on me!). Maureen Dowd wrote about the company, which was launched by a professor at the University of Washington, in July 2006.From April's SeatlePI article:Farecast is an online travel search engine that attempts to predict whether airfares will rise or fall on domestic and international routes. For example, Farecast recommended Thursday that travelers purchase now a Seattle to Cleveland flight for early July because prices will be rising over the next week. It offers a confidence level of 71 percent on that prediction... The acquisition follows the merger of and SideStep, the market leader in next-generation travel search.continue reading →