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$580 Million Invested in 41 Virtual Goods-Related Businesses in 2008

February 6, 2009

Trade media firm Show Initiative, LLC, via its www.VirtualGoodsNews.com blog, today released the VirtualGoodsNews.com 2008 Investment Report, announcing findings from a comprehensive study of publicly disclosed transactions which shows that venture capital and media firms have invested approximately $585 million in 41 companies that monetize and derive revenue at least in part through microtransactions, including […]

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Steve Jobs Takes a Medical Leave of Absence from Apple

January 14, 2009

Apple CEO Steve Jobs today sent the following email to all Apple employees: Team, I am sure all of you saw my letter last week sharing something very personal with the Apple community. Unfortunately, the curiosity over my personal health continues to be a distraction not only for me and my family, but everyone else […]

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CES 2009 – Forget the Gadgets, Buy the Gadget Makers!

January 12, 2009

Jennifer Openshaw, President of WeSeed and author of The Millionaire Zone (Hyperion), today awarded “WeSeed grades” for the top gadgets at the Consumer Electronics Show that are likely to have the greatest impact on the companies behind them. “The Las Vegas glitz over the games and gadgets is great, but the real story is the […]

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CES 2009 – Video Choice Beats Widgets in Internet TV Survey

January 10, 2009

TV browsers and applications such as widgets are hot themes at this year’s CES, but according to recent Strategy Analytics research consumers see video on demand services as the most valuable features of internet TV. The research, carried out for Oregan Networks by Strategy Analytics’ Digital Home Obervatory, also found that downloading widgets and customizing […]

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Cell Phone Retailers Reinventing Old Tricks

January 10, 2009

Increasing competition for new customers and dismal economic reports has cell phone retailers reinventing old tricks to lure new customers. The most recent trend is to offer customers trade-in value for their used phone when they buy a new phone. While trade-in programs have been used for decades in other industries, it has not had […]

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CES 2009 – Live From The Show Floor

January 9, 2009

Las Vegas – It may look super busy but attendance for the 2009 International CES is expected to be down 20 to 25%. However, this didn’t do much to dampen the excitement of lining up for the opening of the show floor. With 2,700 exhibitors and 1.7 million net square feet of displays, there was […]

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