Electronics

  1. Hacker Group LulzSec Confesses to PBS Prank; Says Sony Next

    June 01, 2011 8:06 AM EDT A hacker group known as LulzSec has admitted to hacking into PBS' New Hour web site to fire back at the network for a negative Frontline documentary about WikiLeaks. LulzSec -- which has previously hacked the accounts of a few Fox employees - ...

  2. Business Matters: Are Consumers Ready to Spend This Summer?

    May 31, 2011 7:30 PM EDT Are Consumers Ready to Spend This Summer? -- While economic indicators are mixed, it appears investors may be feeling better about this summer's concert season. Live Nation shares rose 4.44% on twice the average daily trading volume Tuesday. ...

  3. Apple, Google Licenses in Holding Pattern as Labels, Publishers Battle Over Revenue Shares, Sources Say

    May 31, 2011 6:09 PM EDT One of the issues behind Google's decision to launch its Music Beta Cloud service without the necessary licenses has also been felt in negotiations between the majors and Apple over the latter's forthcoming cloud offering, sources told B ...

  4. Sony to Begin Restoring PlayStation Network in Asia

    May 27, 2011 8:04 AM EDT TOKYO (Reuters) - Sony Corp said it would begin restoring its PlayStation videogame network in Japan and elsewhere in Asia on Saturday, more than a month after a massive security breach leaked personal details on tens of millions of accounts. The ...

  5. The Michael Jackson Factor: Sony's Music Revenues Down 10% In Fiscal Year, 13% in Fourth Quarter

    May 26, 2011 5:55 PM EDT Sony Corp's music division posted a revenue declined of 9.9% to $5.67 billion in the fiscal year ended March 31. At constant currency, which removes the impact of currency fluctuations, the decline was 5%. Sony's music division includes ...

  6. Sony Forecasts $975 Million Profit Despite Hacking, Earthquake, $3.2 Billion Loss

    May 26, 2011 7:26 AM EDT TOKYO - Sony forecast a return to profit for this fiscal year after sinking into its third straight year of red ink, hammered by the costs of massive online security breaches and the damage from a March quake and tsunami in northeastern Japan. Tok ...

  7. NPD: Mobile Music Usage Up, But Paid Services Still Lagging

    May 25, 2011 1:40 PM EDT The smartphone craze is having a notable, and positive, affect on mobile music usage, according to a new report from the NPD Group. According to the company's research, the number of active mobile music listeners increased by 9 million in the ...

  8. Even More Sony Websites Hacked

    May 24, 2011 5:29 PM EDT Sony Corp's shares bounced back from two-month lows after the electronics conglomerate said this year's operating profit would match last year's, easing worries about the impact of the March earthquake. Separately, Sony said on Tues ...

  9. Music Mastermind Raises Another $10.8 Million for Music Creation Tool

    May 24, 2011 11:24 AM EDT Music Mastermind has raised $10.8 million in Series B funding. Intel Capital and Liberty Global led the round with a combined $6.8 million, while angel investors pitched in an additional $4 million. Music Mastermind was co-founded in 2007 by Matt ...

  10. Sony Says Greece Music Site Security Breached

    May 24, 2011 7:22 AM EDT TOKYO -- Sony said it discovered a security breach affecting 8,500 user accounts in a music entertainment website in Greece that comes on the heels of a hacker attack which forced its flagship gaming site offline. Sony Corp. spokesman Shigenori Yo ...

  11. Sony to Post $3.2 Billion Annual Loss

    May 23, 2011 7:29 AM EDT Sony Corp said it expected to post a $3.2 billion net loss for the year that ended on March 31 due to a write off on tax credits, the latest in a string of grim headlines for the consumer electronics giant. The maker of PlayStation video games, Va ...

  12. Apple Reaches Licensing Agreement With Sony For Cloud Music Service: Report

    May 20, 2011 9:02 AM EDT Apple Inc has reportedly reached a licensing agreement with Sony Corp for its impending music cloud service, according to Bloomberg News . That would make Sony the third major label after Warner and EMI to reportedly sign deals with the Apple . If ...

  13. Sony Finds Another Security Flaw, Shutters Site

    May 19, 2011 7:14 AM EDT NEW YORK - Sony Corp has shut down a website set up to help millions of users affected by April's massive data breach after finding a "security hole". The site had been designed to help 77 million users of its PlayStation Network re ...

  14. Is Apple Launching a New Product This Weekend?

    May 17, 2011 11:44 AM EDT The 10th anniversary of Apple 's retail stores is this coming Thursday, and rumors are swirling that the company may have a surprise product launch planned to mark the occasion. According to the Apple insider blog Boy Genius Report , a flurry ...

  15. Sony PlayStation Begins Network Operations Following Massive Security Breach

    May 16, 2011 7:49 AM EDT Sony began restoring its PlayStation Network service in the United States and Europe on Sunday after shutting down the service almost a month ago due to a massive security breach affecting over 100 million online accounts. Restored operations are ...

  16. This Week In Apps: Hype Machine Radio, Moby, Numark's iDJ

    May 13, 2011 1:55 PM EDT Hype Machine Radio Music blog aggregator The Hype Machine put out its long-awaited mobile app that pretty much recreates the company's online music streaming experience on their mobile phones. The Hype Machine broadcasts a playlist (or Intern ...

  17. Why Record Labels, Google Couldn't Agree on the Cloud

    May 11, 2011 5:50 PM EDT LOS ANGELES-- Google's decision to launch a music locker service yesterday (May 10) was a big topic of discussion on the sidelines of the NARM conference here this week. The reaction from the more veteran music industry attendees is simply an ...

  18. Apple, Google Grilled on Location Data By Senate Panel

    May 11, 2011 7:18 AM EDT WASHINGTON - Executives from Apple and Google told lawmakers Tuesday that users have control over information used to pinpoint the location of iPhones and smartphones running Google's Android software. Guy "Bud" Tribble, vice presid ...

  19. Business Matters: TuneCore Says Upgrades, Features Behind Its Price Increase

    May 09, 2011 7:59 PM EDT TuneCore Says Upgrades, Features Behind its Price Increase -- Digital distributor TuneCore has been getting some grief in the last few days about its increase in the fees it charges for digital distribution of an album. The annual fee for a single ...

  20. @SFMusicTech: What's Next for Location-Based Music Apps

    May 09, 2011 5:39 PM EDT SAN FRANCISCO -- Few areas of the music app space generate as much attention as the new breed of location-aware music apps. But few feel the current stable of location-based music apps have yet fully delivered on the opportunity for one big reason ...

  21. Music Hack Day Round-Up

    May 09, 2011 11:45 AM EDT The San Francisco installment of the Music Hack Day series just ended, on the eve of the SFMusicTech conference. This was the 13th Music Hack Day, where developers utilize freely available APIs to create prototype music apps based on whatever crea ...

  22. Sony Removes Data, Delays PlayStation Restart; CEO Stringer Apologizes

    May 09, 2011 7:33 AM EDT Sony said on Saturday it had removed from the Internet the names and partial addresses of 2,500 sweepstakes contestants that had been stolen by hackers and posted on a website, and said it did not know when it could restart its PlayStation video g ...

  23. Anonymous to Sony: Data Breach Wasn't Caused by Us

    May 06, 2011 9:08 AM EDT The Internet vigilante group Anonymous denied responsibility for a cyber-attack on Sony Corp's networks that exposed the personal data of more than 100 million video gamers. "Let's be clear, we are legion, but it wasn't us. You ...

  24. Sony Says 'Anonymous' Set Stage for Data Theft

    May 04, 2011 5:08 PM EDT Sony Corp blamed Internet vigilante group Anonymous for indirectly allowing a hacker to gain access to personal data of more than 100 million video game users . The accusation came in a letter to Congress and prompted renewed complaints that the J ...

  25. Rdio Announces Deal With Verizon Wireless

    May 04, 2011 8:35 AM EDT Streaming music service Rdio has been pretty quiet since it launched to great expectations last year. But this week the company began making some noise. Fresh off the heels of its API integration with the Echo Nest, Rdio today (May 4) unveiled a d ...

  26. Why Apple Pulled Best-Selling App From Its App Store, Report

    May 04, 2011 8:19 AM EDT Apple on Tuesday pulled a music downloader from its App Store after it became the best-selling iPhone app, Wired.com reported. Any Music Downloader allowed customers to search for any MP3 online, download them to their iPhone drive and then listen ...

  27. Omnifone Eyes U.S. Expansion With 'Big Players' Following Qriocity Launch

    April 29, 2011 4:03 PM EDT Omnifone , the technology provider behind several music streaming services in the UK, is preparing for an aggressive entry into the U.S. market this year. The service already has a foothold here with Sony's Qriocity Music Unlimited service . ...

  28. Sony Music Passes Universal in U.S. Market Share for the First Time Since 2005

    April 28, 2011 5:29 PM EDT Sony Music this week passed the Universal Music Group in year-to-date overall U.S. market share for the first time since 2005, the year it was the No. 1 distributor thanks to its then-just-completed merger with BMG. As of the week ending April 24, ...

  29. Sony Shares Slip, Company Faces Legal Action Over Data Leak

    April 27, 2011 5:37 PM EDT Shares of Sony Corp extended losses to trade down as much as 5.2 percent, hitting a one-month low on Thursday as investors worried over the widening impact of a massive leak of personal information of users of its PlayStation network. Sony said on ...

  30. Apple Denies Tracking iPhone Customers -- Will This End the Outcry? Probably Not ...

    April 27, 2011 12:30 PM EDT Apple today directly addressed the controversy over its iPhone tracking practices for the first time, forcefully stating that it does not track its users as has been claimed. On its website, Apple explains that: "Apple is not tracking the loc ...

  31. Sony PlayStation Suffers Massive Data Breach

    April 26, 2011 8:32 PM EDT Sony suffered a massive breach in its video game online network that led to the theft of names, addresses and possibly credit card data belonging to 77 million user accounts in what is one of the largest-ever Internet security break-ins. Sony lear ...

  32. Listen to the Audience, Make a Better Experience, Panelists at Rethink Music Say

    April 26, 2011 6:28 PM EDT BOSTON - How can the music business grow instead of fighting over slices of a shrinking pie? Make a better mass market experience, said Thomas Hesse, president of global digital business for Sony Music. That means following consumers to smart phon ...

  33. Sony Launches Android Tablet, Challenges Apple iPad's Market Dominance

    April 26, 2011 8:04 AM EDT Sony launched its first tablet computers in an ambitious attempt to grab the No 2 spot in a market dominated by Apple's iPad and set to quadruple in four years. The gadgets, based on Google's Android 3.0 operating system, could be one of ...

  34. Business Matters: Sony Networks Are Still Down, But Music Unlimited Promo Tour Rolls On

    April 25, 2011 5:20 PM EDT Sony Networks Are Still Down, But Music Unlimited Promo Tour Rolls On -- At the same time an Amazon Web Services outage wreaked havoc on websites and Internet services last week, Sony's PlayStation and Qriocity networks were experiencing unre ...

  35. iPhone Tracking Is Actually Good For Music Apps

    April 25, 2011 3:26 PM EDT Depending on what you've read, Apple's location-tracking feature for the iPhone is either a complete outrage or a manufactured controversy not worthy of the hubbub it's caused. The news broke last week in the tech press and quickly ...

  36. Norio Ohga, Former Sony President Credited With Developing CD, Dead at 81

    April 25, 2011 7:49 AM EDT Former Sony President and Chairman Norio Ohga, who gave up a career as an opera singer to join the fledgling consumer electronics maker in the 1950s and later led its expansion into movies and video games, died on Saturday, the company said. He wa ...

  37. Has Warner Music Group Finalized A Deal With Apple?

    April 22, 2011 3:35 PM EDT Yesterday, Billboard.biz reported rumors that Apple had inked deals with two of the major labels for its pending cloud music service. And today, CNET is reporting that Warner Music Group has finalized a deal with Apple. A WMG spokeswoman declined ...

  38. Report: Apple to Beat Google to the Cloud

    April 22, 2011 6:00 AM EDT Watching the race between Apple and Google to see who launches a cloud-based music service first is kind of like the children's fable of the Tortoise and the Hare. Except they're both Tortoises. But there are signs that the finish line i ...

  39. Jim Dalrymple, Guest Columnist, Test Drives Apogee's Jam for iPad, iPhone

    April 21, 2011 12:15 PM EDT .Biz guest guest columnist Jim Dalrymple blogs about Apple products for The Loop . You can follow him on Twitter @jdalrymple. Also, as the video and audio below demonstrates, he clearly knows how to shred on guitar. Click arrow below to hear the t ...

  40. Apple to Ship New iPhone in September: Sources

    April 20, 2011 7:39 AM EDT Apple's next-generation iPhone will have a faster processor and will begin shipping in September, three people with direct knowledge of the company's supply chain said. The production of the new iPhone will start in July/August and the s ...

  41. Sonos Offers New Services For Music Streaming

    April 19, 2011 12:58 PM EDT Cloud music services are all the talk these days. But let's not forget the devices used to access the cloud. Sonos, one of the earliest pioneers of cloud music home entertainment systems, today unveiled a number of new improvements to keep it ...

  42. Coachella to Feature 'Mind-Blowing' Tech From Arcade Fire, Animal Collective, Interpol

    April 14, 2011 12:16 PM EDT Trip the Light Fantastic: a Creators Project installation by Muti Randolph and Felipe Morozine (Photo: Felipe Morozine ) For the more than 200,000 expected to attend Coachella music festival in Indio, California over the coming weekend, there will ...

  43. XM Settles Last Inno Lawsuit With Indie Labels

    April 11, 2011 4:33 PM EDT XM Satellite Radio settled the last of the lawsuits brought against it over the company's controversial Inno device. Merlin, an organization representing many independent labels, settled for $3.6 million. The major labels, which originally br ...

  44. What Are Young Active Consumers of Digital Music Worth?

    April 11, 2011 2:50 PM EDT A new Nielsen report, produced in collaboration with MIDEM 2011, shows young consumers are especially active in purchasing downloads, streaming music and acquiring mobile apps. But it doesn't help answer the important question: How much are t ...

  45. 'iSteve: The Book of Jobs' Expected Out Next Year From Simon & Schuster

    April 11, 2011 2:01 PM EDT In case you didn't know more than you wanted to about Apple founder and CEO Steve Jobs, his authorized biography is scheduled to come out next year from publisher Simon & Schuster. Titled "iSteve: The Book of Jobs" is being writ ...

  46. Rhapsody's Jon Irwin Talks Progress a Year After Spinning Off From Real Networks

    April 01, 2011 3:02 PM EDT Rhapsody's Jon Irwin A year ago today, Real Networks officially split off its Rhapsody music subscription service into a standalone company. Since then, the smaller, nimbler organization has added 100,000 net subscribers for a total of 750,00 ...

  47. Business Matters: Rebecca Black Continues To Rake In Cash

    March 30, 2011 6:10 PM EDT Rebecca Black Rakes It In (Modestly) -- In case you hadn't read about sudden teen sensation Rebecca Black lately, here's an update on her numbers. "Friday" sold 50,000 units last week, bringing its two-week total to 87,000, acc ...

  48. Nokia Sues Apple Again Over Patents

    March 29, 2011 6:45 AM EDT Nokia is suing Apple in the United States for allegedly infringing patents in "virtually all" of its mobile phones, portable music players, tablets and computers, the Finnish company said Tuesday. The move is the latest in a string of la ...

  49. Guest Post: Ethan Kaplan Wishes Death to the Shiny Disc

    March 28, 2011 5:43 PM EDT (Ethan Kaplan is the former senior VP of emerging technology for Warner Music Group. This post originally ran on his blog Blackrimglasses , which he describes as "Music + Technology + Random Nonsense from the Music Industry.") Death to S ...

  50. ROBA Launches Interactive Albums for Tablets

    March 28, 2011 2:11 PM EDT Jon Bon Jovi earlier this month made headlines by saying digital music is ruining fans ability to interact with their music like they could with vinyl records of yore. Emerging to bring that same experience to the digital realm is ROBA Interactive ...

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