Electronics

  1. Business Matters: U.S. Senate's PROTECT IP Act Gathering Steam

    September 14, 2011 5:45 PM EDT U.S. Senate's PROTECT IP Act Gathering Steam -- Support for the PROTECT IP Act is growing. Since being introduced, the bill has attracted 17 co-sponsors including Senators John McCain (R-AZ), Lamar Alexander (R-TN), Bob Corker (R-TN), Marco R ...

  2. 50 Cent Planning Headphone Line, Again

    September 14, 2011 11:49 AM EDT Headphones, headphones and more headphones. Seems like you can't open a browser these days without someone starting a new headphone company Now 50 Cent is back at it after a deal with Sleek Audio to create, promote and distribute a new line o ...

  3. Sony Warehouse Riot Fire Was Not a 'Professional Heist,' PIAS MD Insists

    September 02, 2011 1:41 PM EDT A senior executive at PIAS has categorically dismissed reports that the Sony warehouse destroyed during last month's U.K. riots was targeted by "professional robbers" prior to being incinerated. As previously reported, the Sony DADC ...

  4. Business Matters: Sony Rebrands Qriocity Music Service as Music Unlimited

    September 01, 2011 6:59 PM EDT Sony Rebrands Qriocity Music Service as Music Unlimited -- Say goodbye to the Qriocity brand name and one of the oddest product names in recent memory. Sony has unified its online music, video and game services under a division called Sony Enterta ...

  5. Lady Gaga, Jay-Z, Justin Timberlake Make Vanity Fair's 'New Establishment' List -- Who's Missing?

    September 01, 2011 1:21 PM EDT Lady Gaga, Jay-Z and Justin Timberlake are among the list of influential business people on Vanity Fair's "New Establishment" list . It represents "innovative new breed of buccaneering visionaries, engineering prodigies, and en ...

  6. Carlos Lopez Steps Down as President of Sony Music Spain

    September 01, 2011 12:30 PM EDT Carlos Lopez, president of Sony Music Spain, left his post earlier this week, Billboard.biz has learned. A Sony Music spokesperson declined to comment on his departure, and no announcements have been made in regard to a successor or further change ...

  7. Six Questions with Kevin Lee

    September 01, 2011 9:01 AM EDT Long before Lady Gaga fans took over the term, Kevin Lee-son of Monster founder/CEO Noel Lee-was known as "the little monster," and his father "the head monster." Now, the younger Lee is looking to establish his own place in ...

  8. Steve Jobs Resigns As Apple CEO, Named Chairman

    August 24, 2011 7:16 PM EDT Steve Jobs has resigned from his position as Apple CEO, taking on the new role of chairman, according to a company-issued press release. COO Tim Cook has been elected the company's new CEO, and will join the board as well. "I have always ...

  9. Backbeat: Sony Music Latin Spanish Singer/Songwriter Beatriz Luengo debuts in L.A.

    August 24, 2011 4:00 PM EDT Beatriz Luengo, Sony Latin recording artist from Spain. Photo: Sony Latin Sony Latin Music artist Beatriz Luengo performed her first showcase in Los Angeles during a label presentation to introduce the Spanish singer to U.S. media and members of t ...

  10. Senior VP Guillermo Page Out at Sony Music Latin

    August 18, 2011 5:23 PM EDT Sony Music Latin has quietly restructured some major players in its organization, Billboard.Biz has learned. Key among them is veteran sales executive Guillermo Page, the senior VP Commercial & Sales, who sources confirm left the company earli ...

  11. Backbeat: Beyonce Addresses Dad, Sony Execs at Masterful Second Roseland Show

    August 17, 2011 8:07 AM EDT Beyonce brought the house to a frenzy again and again during the second night of her four-night-stand Tuesday at New York's Roseland Ballroom . She treated the approximately 2,500 fans in the sold out venue -- all four nights sold out in minu ...

  12. Rhapsody Doubles Down on Mobile with MetroPCS Bundling Deal

    August 17, 2011 7:00 AM EDT If subscription music services are going to have any impact on the digital music future, they'll need to be bundled into other more popular services. That's the strategy championed by Rhapsody CEO Jon Irwin -- and it's at the center ...

  13. Is Google's Purchase of Motorola All About The 17,000 Patents?

    August 16, 2011 7:44 AM EDT SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - It may be the boldest move yet by a company known for being audacious: Google is spending $12.5 billion to buy Motorola Mobility. But the big prize isn't Motorola's lineup of cellphones, computer tablets and cable se ...

  14. Business Matters: Just How Valuable Are Heavy Social-Media Users?

    August 15, 2011 8:11 PM EDT Just How Valuable Are Heavy Social-Media Users? -- Are heavy social-media users more valuable than other consumers? People may guess that social media activity translates into activity in other areas. And they can point to a recent Pew Internet st ...

  15. How The Google Motorola Acquisition Helps the Music Industry

    August 15, 2011 12:10 PM EDT Google's $12.5 billion acquisition of Motorola Mobility Holdings today sent shockwaves through the mobile world, fundamentally altering the landscape of the business. For the music industry, this is a significant development given the role th ...

  16. Business Matters: Americans Getting Into QR Codes -- What About Music?

    August 12, 2011 6:00 PM EDT Americans Getting Into QR Codes -- What About Music? -- Believe it or not, people actually interact with QR codes, those odd-looking, super-pixelated boxes you see in newspaper and magazine ads, posters and postcards. According to comScore, more t ...

  17. Jimmy Iovine on Beats/HTC Deal: 'The Record Industry Must Make the Transition to Phones Globally'

    August 11, 2011 6:34 PM EDT Last night's news that mobile phone manufacturer HTC has taken a majority stake in Beats Electronics shows just how far the company has come since its original line of Beats By Dre headphones… and how far it's willing to go. Beats co-fou ...

  18. Three Arrested Over Sony Warehouse Fire During London Riots -- 25 Million Discs Destroyed

    August 11, 2011 9:49 AM EDT Three teenagers were arrested Wednesday in connection with the fire that destroyed Sony DADC's warehouse during the London riots Monday , gutting the inventories of more than 150 independent labels. According to a BBC report this morning, two ...

  19. Beats By Dr. Dre, HTC Ink $300 Million Mobile Phone Deal

    August 10, 2011 10:36 PM EDT Beats Electronics and mobile device company HTC Corporation have entered a strategic partnership to bring high performance sound to HTC phones. HTC will release a line of devices integrated with Beats sound innovations this fall. The $300 million ...

  20. Philip Ginthor Named CEO of Sony Music GSA

    August 09, 2011 3:40 PM EDT Philip Ginthör, CEO of Sony Music Entertainment GSA. Philip Ginthör has been named CEO of Sony Music Entertainment GSA (Germany, Switzerland and Austria), succeeding Edgar Berger, who was officially named CEO and Chairman of Sony Music Internation ...

  21. Access Over Ownership? It's Happening in Video

    August 09, 2011 11:31 AM EDT How important is it to own your favorite album or film? Habits are changing in the video market, where access is quickly overtaking ownership. In the first half of 2011, American consumers spent more money renting movies than purchasing them, acco ...

  22. Edgar Berger Named Sony Music's Head of International

    August 09, 2011 9:44 AM EDT Edgar Berger (right) with singer Sade. Photo copyright: Sebastian Hornik, Director Corporate Communications GSA As expected , Edgar Berger has been named President and CEO of International at Sony Music Entertainment, Sony CEO Doug Morris announce ...

  23. Bits & Briefs

    August 08, 2011 6:35 AM EDT Mobile Gamers Willingly Buy In-Game Content More proof that the freemium model?otherwise known as "try before you buy"?is working on the mobile app front: App analytics company Flurry says games that are free to download but sell in-ga ...

  24. Will Sony's New Walkman MP3 Player Win big? Or Fall Flat?

    August 05, 2011 1:40 PM EDT As brand names go, Sony's Walkman is the ultimate survivor. The brand that virtually defined the portable music market back in the days of the cassette has since endured multiple format changes through the years?from the CD, to the short-li ...

  25. Latin Power Players: Ruben Leyva

    August 01, 2011 10:33 PM EDT Ruben Leyva President, Sony Music U.S. Latin Thanks in part to releases by artists like Shakira, Marc Anthony and Chayanne and distribution of such acts as Daddy Yankee and Aventura, Sony Music U.S. Latin's share of the U.S. Latin market rose ...

  26. Sony Corp Announces $199 Million Quarterly Loss on Disasters

    July 28, 2011 7:00 AM EDT TOKYO (AP) - Sony Corp. sank to a 15.5 billion yen ($199 million) quarterly loss, hurt by the disasters in northeastern Japan, a massive online security breach and plunging TV prices. The Tokyo-based electronics and entertainment company said Thur ...

  27. Sony Q1 Results Expected To Show Recovery

    July 26, 2011 8:15 AM EDT reports fiscal first quarter earnings Thursday that are expected to reflect a gradual recovery, despite the damage from the March earthquake and an embarrassing online security breach. WHAT TO WATCH FOR: The aftermath of March 11 quake and tsunami ...

  28. Business Matters: Skullcandy IPO Shows Market Interest in Premium Headphones

    July 25, 2011 5:34 PM EDT Market On Premium Headphones: Outlook Good -- Last week's IPO by headphone maker Skullcandy indicates investors see potential in the growing market for premium headphones. The company sold 9.4 million shares at $20, which was above the $17-$1 ...

  29. Pandora Partners with Verizon FiOS for TV Streaming

    July 21, 2011 12:31 PM EDT Pandora Media has partnered with Verizon to offer its Internet radio service to subscribers of Verizon's high-definition TV service FiOS, according to various media reports. The service has already launched in California, Texas and Virginia a ...

  30. Nick Gatfield Named Sony Music U.K. Chairman and CEO

    July 21, 2011 8:26 AM EDT Nick Gatfield, a former Universal and EMI executive, has been named Sony Music U.K.'s chairman and CEO, according to a statement from the company. Gatfield, who replaces Ged Doherty, will report directly to new Sony Music Entertainment CEO Do ...

  31. FBI Arrests 16 'Anonymous' Hacking Suspects in Nationwide Sweep

    July 19, 2011 6:32 PM EDT More than a dozen hackers allegedly from Anonymous, the group that claims responsibility for some of the recent attacks on Sony systems , have been arrested. The FBI raided multiple homes in New Jersey, New York, California and Florida in relation ...

  32. RoyaltyShare to Take Over Sony Music's Royalty Processing

    July 12, 2011 8:01 PM EDT Sony Music Entertainment has called on RoyaltyShare to take over the processing and payment of artist and mechanical royalties, according to both companies. While Sony declined to comment on the move other than to acknowledge that it had occurred, ...

  33. Read: New Sony Music CEO Doug Morris' Greeting to Staff

    July 08, 2011 6:05 PM EDT Doug Morris officially began his tenure as CEO of Sony Music Entertainment this week, and Billboard.biz has obtained the email, dated July 6, he sent to the staff. In it, he nods broadly to the challenges that both Sony and the music business have ...

  34. New Security Holes Discovered in iPhones, iPads

    July 08, 2011 7:26 AM EDT SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A new security hole has opened up in Apple Inc.'s iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch devices, raising alarms about the susceptibility of some of the world's hottest tech gadgets to hacker attacks. Flaws in the software runn ...

  35. Cricket's Muve Music Service Passes 100,000 Users

    July 07, 2011 7:00 AM EDT In just six months, the Muve mobile music service from pre-paid wireless operator Cricket has done what year-old music services like MOG and Rdio have yet to do: reach 100,000 users. The company released the data today. That's quite a feat, e ...

  36. Today in Hacking: Sony Music Ireland, FoxNews, VBulletin; Apple Server Compromised

    July 05, 2011 12:54 PM EDT Sony Music Ireland said its web site was hacked Monday after three bogus news stories appeared on the homepage. It was the latest in a string of attacks on Sony dating back to the infiltration of its PlayStation and Qriocity networks in April. One ...

  37. Sony CEO Howard Stringer Sees 16% Pay Cut

    June 29, 2011 8:12 AM EDT NEW YORK - Sony Corp. chairman and CEO Howard Stringer's compensation for the fiscal year ended in March declined 16 percent to 345 million yen ($4.27 million) as the entertainment and electronics conglomerate posted its third straight year o ...

  38. Business Matters: DISH Picks Odd Time to Show Interest In Pandora

    June 28, 2011 8:47 PM EDT DISH Picks Odd Time to Show Interest in Pandora -- According to numerous media reports, satellite television operator DISH Network may buy an interest in, or outright acquire, personalized Internet radio company Pandora Media. The comment made by ...

  39. Sony BMG Germany Found Guilty of Sex Discrimination: Report

    June 28, 2011 11:14 AM EDT On Tuesday, a labor court in Berlin found Sony BMG in Germany guilty of sexual discrimination after promoting a man over a woman who was expecting a child, according to a report on Expatica.com . At the time of the suit, the woman worked for Sony ...

  40. Sony Faces Jittery Shareholders at Annual Meeting

    June 28, 2011 7:30 AM EDT TOKYO (AP) - Sony Corp. Chief Executive Howard Stringer credited "very loyal" PlayStation Network gamers for flocking back to the service in big numbers, as he sought Tuesday to reassure shareholders following a series of embarrassing ha ...

  41. Sony Hacker, LulzSec Suspect Arrested in England

    June 22, 2011 7:21 AM EDT A British teenager, who is suspected of being part of the group of hackers known as Lulz Security, was arrested Monday night in Essex, England. Scotland Yard identified the 19-year-old man as Ryan Cleary and he was taken into custody at his home i ...

  42. Sony's Qriocity Music Unlimited Now Available on Android Devices

    June 15, 2011 1:34 PM EDT Sony's Qriocity Music Unlimited music subscription service is finally available on the mobile phone. Both the basic and premium tiers of the service are now available via an Android app in all markets where it is operational. Previously, the ...

  43. Apple Settles With Nokia in Drawn-Out Patent Dispute

    June 14, 2011 4:52 PM EDT HELSINKI, Finland - Nokia Corp. on Tuesday notched a valuable win against rival Apple Inc., with the U.S. company agreeing to pay the Finnish handset maker a one-time sum to settle long-standing patent disputes as well as royalties for current lic ...

  44. Spain Arrests Anonymous Members Over Sony Hack

    June 10, 2011 12:01 PM EDT Spanish police arrested three suspected members of the so-called Anonymous group on Friday on charges of cyber-attacks against targets including Sony Corp's PlayStation Network , governments, businesses and banks. Police alleged the three arr ...

  45. Sony Security Problems Continue With Attack on Brazilian Music Site

    June 09, 2011 1:16 PM EDT Sony's Internet security problems continue: The website of Sony Music in Brazil is currently down after being hacked earlier this week. LulzSec , the group that had performed a handful of earlier attacks, claimed it was not behind the attack ...

  46. Cricket's Muve Music Service Is 'Killing It,' Label Sources Say

    June 09, 2011 12:47 PM EDT While many new music subscription services continue their struggle to make a dent in the U.S. digital music market, the Muve mobile music service offered by Cricket Communications is seeing phenomenal growth, according to multiple record label sou ...

  47. Apple Drops Subscription Rules That Threatened Music Services

    June 09, 2011 11:58 AM EDT Remember those new app rules Apple implemented a few months back that freaked out every subscription music service with an iPhone app? Well, looks like Apple has backed down. According to MacRumors , the company has "quietly changed its guide ...

  48. Keith Urban Teams With AT&T, Samsung for 'Get Closer' Tour

    June 09, 2011 8:57 AM EDT Keith Urban has inked an integrated sponsorship deal with AT&T and Samsung for his upcoming "Get Closer" 2011 World Tour, it was announced today. The agreement includes AT&T/Samsung's naming rights as presenting sponsor and ...

  49. Lady Gaga Criticized Apple's Ping in Meeting With Steve Jobs

    June 07, 2011 7:10 AM EDT Lady Gaga isn't intimidated by Apple CEO Steve Jobs, apparently. The singer last year traveled to Cupertino, Calif., along with her business manager, Troy Carter, at Jobs' request to discuss Apple's music-centered social network Pin ...

  50. Hackers Attack Another Sony Network, Post Data

    June 03, 2011 6:41 AM EDT BOSTON/NEW YORK - Hackers broke into Sony Corp's computer networks and accessed the information of more than 1 million customers to show the vulnerability of the electronic giant's systems, the latest of several security breaches undermi ...

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