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SCEA Appoints Timothy Bender as Senior VP of Sales

SCEA Appoints Timothy Bender as Senior VP of Sales 50°
288w ago - Sony Computer Entertainment America has appointed former Livescribe executive Timothy Bender as senior vice president of sales.

Reporting directly to SCEA president and CEO Jack Tretton, Bender will be charged with overseeing sales and merchandising initiatives across all PlayStation platforms in the US.

His appointment comes as Sony prepares to release new iterations of its home and portable gaming systems in the form of the PS3 Slim and PSP Go, and the company is gearing up for what Tretton referred to as one its "most aggressive" Christmas seasons.

Press Release: FOSTER CITY, Calif., Aug. 24- Sony Computer Entertainment America Inc. ("SCEA") today announced the appointment of Timothy Bender to Senior Vice President of Sales, who brings more than two decades of industry experience and strategic leadership in U.S. and global sales and marketing expertise to the company. Bender will report directly to SCEA President and CEO Jack Tretton.

"Tim brings a proven ability in growing strong consumer brands and building deep relationships with his team and the retail community," said Jack Tretton, president and CEO, SCEA.

"As we approach one of our most aggressive holiday seasons and a truly exciting future for all our product platforms, we are confident...
 

Sales Ad Reveals XBox 360 Elite Drops to $299 on September 1st

Sales Ad Reveals XBox 360 Elite Drops to $299 on September 1st 700°
289w ago - As previously reported, today the sales ads for the first week of September at Walmart, Gamestop and Meijer show the Xbox 360 Elite priced at $299 and replacing the current Pro SKU which Microsoft is phasing out.

Engadget has managed to get a leaked photo of the Walmart ad as you can see below.

To quote: "In a move obviously designed to offset Sony's recent PS3 redesign and price drop, the $299 price point will take effect on the same day as the new PS3 launches - September 1st. The Arcade SKU will remain at $199."

Expect an official Microsoft announcement soon...
 

Judge Orders Microsoft to Pay $290m, Bans MS Word Sales

Judge Orders Microsoft to Pay $290m, Bans MS Word Sales 100°
290w ago - A US federal court has ordered Microsoft to pay over $290m (£175m) for wilfully infringing on a patent by Canadian firm i4i, and has filed an injunction to prevent the sale of Word.

The patent relates to the use of XML, a mark-up language that allows formatting of text and makes files readable across different programs.

To quote: XML is integral to Microsoft's flagship word processing software Word.

Texas district court judge Leonard Davis also filed an injunction preventing Microsoft from selling Word.

The row specifically relates to the use of Extensible Mark-up Language, or XML, documents.

I4i filed a patent in 1998 that outlined a means for "manipulating the architecture and the content of a document separately from each other" invoking XML as a means allowing users to format text documents.

XML is also used extensively among other word-processing programs such as OpenOffice.

Microsoft has 60 days to comply with the injunction but said in a statement that it will appeal the ruling.

"We are disappointed by the court's ruling," said Microsoft spokesperson Kevin Kutz.

"We believe the evidence clearly demonstrated that we do not infringe and that the i4i patent is invalid. We will appeal the verdict."
 

Sony Posts $390M Loss as Bravia TV and PlayStation Sales Slump

Sony Posts $390M Loss as Bravia TV and PlayStation Sales Slump 100°
292w ago - According to Bloomberg, today Sony Corporation has reported a second straight quarterly loss as the stronger yen pushed the company further behind Samsung Electronics Company in television sales, and the global recession drove down demand for videogame machines.

The net loss was 37.1 billion yen ($390 million) in the quarter ended June 30, compared with profit of 35 billion yen a year earlier.

To quote: The result beat estimates after Chief Executive Officer Howard Stringer cut jobs and shut factories to revive a company that's lost its lead to Samsung in TVs, Nintendo Co. in game players and Apple Inc. in portable media players.

Pressure is building for Stringer to prove he can increase Sony's sales, not just reduce expenses, by slashing jobs and suppliers, according to investors such as Yasuhiko Hirakawa.

"Cost cutting and reshuffling of management may help mend unprofitable businesses but they won't make Sony competitive against Samsung and other rivals," said Hirakawa, a Tokyo-based fund manager at DIAM Co., which oversees $80 billion in assets.

"The brand is still highly regarded but that won't last forever."
 

Japanese Console Hardware Sales for July 6 - July 12, 2009

Japanese Console Hardware Sales for July 6 - July 12, 2009 50°
294w ago - There's an underlying trend beneath this week's Japanese hardware sales rankings - every console that Dragon Quest IX cannot be played on sank like a stone made of lead.

Every console on which Dragon Quest IX can be played skyrocketed like a sky... rocket. Do you see the lesson presented here, gaming hardware manufacturers?

If you don't have Dragon Quest IX on your console, you should probably get up on that. Then again, you could just start painting your consoles red. That seems to work too.

To quote: The Squeenix-developed RPG - which is apparently perfect - sold an absolutely staggering 2,318,932 copies in its first two days on store shelves. After running the numbers, we've calculated that during those two steamy Akihabara nights, 13.2 copies of Dragon Quest IX were sold every second. (Seriously.)

We've also discerned that Square Enix will harvest a million buckets of money from the Japanese sale of this game alone - but it's nice to see Nintendo's catching a few pails of their own.

•DSi: 118,202 (up) 71,347 (152.27%)
•PSP: 26,527 (down) 6,322 (19.25%)
•Wii: 22,141 (down) 2,830 (11.33%)
•DS Lite: 10,161 (up) 2,654 (35.35%)
•PS3: 9,864 1,332 (down)(11.90%)
•Xbox 360: 3,561 (down) 2,315 (39.40%)
•PS2:...
 

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