Sony Likely Planning Pay Online Service, PSP Follow-Up

Sony Likely Planning Pay Online Service, PSP Follow-Up

Gaming blog VG247 sleuthed a couple of tidbits of Sony’s plans to grab some more money from loyal customers. According to the site’s sources, the company wants to institute a $50 a year premium online service, possibly giving subscribers a downloadable game a month if they pay a monthly fee. Thankfully Sony won’t go the Xbox Live route and gouge players to play online.

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Apple: 10 Million CDMA iPhones On Order – For Verizon, Perchance?

This minute’s latest rumor is that the can you hear me now guy could be put to work testing iPhones soon. DigiTimes reports that Apple has placed an order with Taiwan-based Pegatron for CDMA iPhone that could reach up to 10 million units. CDMA devices don’t work on AT&T’s GSM network. Verizon’s network is CDMA.

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Is Google Planning To Add Store Views To Google Maps?

Is Google Planning To Add Store Views To Google Maps?

A store in New York City called Oh Nuts, which apparently sells nuts and nut-based goods, told the blog Search Engine Land that someone from Google showed up and took a series of photos of the interior as part of an upcoming “Google Store Views” service. Google has officially said no comment, so I guess now it’s a waiting game to see if this shows up as an offshoot of Google’s street view offering, or if Oh Nuts reports in the next few days that they’ve had their entire inventory stolen by nut fiends who knew the layout suspiciously well.

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Yelp Not Selling To Google

Yelp is no longer being bought by Google, at least for now. [TechCrunch] [PREVIOUSLY]

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Google Might Buy Yelp

Google Might Buy Yelp

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Update On Possible Comcast/Ticketmaster/Live Nation Abomination (With Poll)

Update On Possible Comcast/Ticketmaster/Live Nation Abomination (With Poll)

After yesterday’s news that Comcast was considering getting in on the already-under-antitrust-scrutiny merger between Ticketmaster and Live Nation, the original article has been updated to be slightly less bad.

Google To Launch Music Search Service Next Week

Google To Launch Music Search Service Next Week

You’ve probably seen Google Finance, where each company has its own page made up of content scraped from all over the web. Google is about to launch a similar service for musicians, says the Hollywood Reporter: “The music pages will package images of musicians and bands, album artwork, links to news, lyrics and song previews, along with a way to buy songs.”

AT&T Isn't Going To Reduce iPhone Data Plans

AT&T Isn't Going To Reduce iPhone Data Plans

For a while now, there have been rumors and speculation that AT&T was considering reducing its data plan by $10 per month in an attempt to be more competitive with other carriers. Today AT&T officially put the kibosh on that scuttlebutt, which is how I write once the cocktail hour kicks in on Friday. Says an AT&T spokesman, “We’ve been very happy with our pricing.”

Leaked Pix Of iPhone's New Firmware Upgrades

Leaked Pix Of iPhone's New Firmware Upgrades

Leaked photos have surfaced showing off the iPhone’s new firmware upgrades, which include:

  • multimedia messaging
  • horizontal typing
  • compass
  • video and voice recording an
  • a camera autofocus that lets you select your point of focus by tapping your finger on the touch screen

More photos at the Apple 2.0. blog.

https://consumerist.com/2009/04/16/all-the-outrage-over-sling/

All the outrage over Sling Media’s iPhone app—which would have only worked with the latest Slingbox models—may have been moot. Boy Genius Report says they’ve received a tip that AT&T asked Apple to kill the app due to concerns about potential bandwidth drain. Update: JosephFinn points out that the tip is likely fake, as the IP address came from a prison. [IntoMobile]

Rumor: AT&T To Start Forcing iPhone Data Plan On iPhone 3G Owners Who Aren't Using One

Rumor: AT&T To Start Forcing iPhone Data Plan On iPhone 3G Owners Who Aren't Using One

The iPhone blog says that AT&T is going to start contacting iPhone owners who aren’t using an official iPhone data plan and force them to sign up for one. The crackdown supposedly starts tomorrow in the Atlanta and Austin markets, and expands nationwide by the end of the month.

Is Borders About To Go Under?

Is Borders About To Go Under?

Yesterday’s post about Borders closing down its unprofitable CD and DVD sections prompted a tip from the owner of a small music label. He says his distributor has already cut off shipments to Borders once for nonpayment (in November 2008), and on Monday the distributor warned labels that they’ll have to agree not to hold him “liable on any future shipments to Borders in case they file for bankruptcy.” Borders’ CFO left in January, which is rarely a good sign for a troubled company. And this morning, the Detroit Free Press notes that the bookseller is facing being delisted from the New York Stock Exchange. We may not have to wait long to find out; CEO Ron Marshall is hosting a conference call with analysts and investors next week.

Is Borders Shrinking Its CD And DVD Sections?

Is Borders Shrinking Its CD And DVD Sections?

We received this tip from an alleged Borders employee today. According to this person, if you saw some yellow discount tags of 30% off DVDs and CDs in your local Borders store this weekend, it’s a sign that they’re closing out those sections except for top sellers. Expect to see much steeper discounts in the coming weeks. The full tip is copied below.

Is Last.fm Sharing User Data With The RIAA?

Is Last.fm Sharing User Data With The RIAA?

TechCrunch has published a damning rumor accusing the social music site Last.fm of helping the RIAA find users who downloaded leaked copies of U2’s new album. Relying on a tip, TechCrunch claims that the Last.fm, a subsidiary of CBS, handed over a “giant dump of user data to track down people who are scrobbling unreleased tracks.”

Rumor: T-Mobile Will Offer New 'Loyalty Plans' For Existing Customers In March

Rumor: T-Mobile Will Offer New 'Loyalty Plans' For Existing Customers In March

IntoMobile says that there’s a leaked screenshot going around that suggests new pricing due March 1st from T-Mobile. Among the new plans: $50/month for unlimited anytime minutes, and family plans starting at $90/month with additional lines at $40/month. There’s also a rumored $135 credit if you add a line and move a number over from another carrier. Is it true? We’ll know in about a week.

Is JC Penney Going To Close Some Of Its Stores?

Is JC Penney Going To Close Some Of Its Stores?

This is rumor only, folks, but a tipster tells us that JC Penney plans on closing 11 stores this year, and that they’re freezing salaries on all employees. The retailer isn’t doing as badly as some of its competitors—it has no debt maturing in 2009, for example, and plans to have $2 billion in cash on hand at the end of this month—but considering CEO Mike Ullman has said he’s planning business conservatively for 2009, it wouldn’t be that surprising if it turns out to be true.

Confirmed: Sirius Radio Raising Rates March 11

Confirmed: Sirius Radio Raising Rates March 11

Sirius Radio customer service reps are now telling subscribers that the rumored rate hike is indeed going to happen. This means, at the very least:

Is Sirius XM About To Raise Rates On Its Customers?

Is Sirius XM About To Raise Rates On Its Customers?

Ryan pointed us to an article on Orbitcast about a rumored fee hike by Sirius XM. The increases appear to be for services that aren’t strictly protected by the FCC agreement, which is why they would legally be able to do this despite promises that they wouldn’t raise rates for 36 months after the merger.