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Thursday, 20 November 2003 ,  Written by Scott Selter’s readership surged 21 percent in its recent audit of the September 2003 month from 152,695 total monthly readers in October 2002 (source: ABC Interactive) to 185,240 total monthly readers in September 2003 (source IM Services audit).
Monday, 10 November 2003 ,  Written by Scott Selter
Audio Products International Corp. (API) has just announced their entry into the video game and computer industry. The SPHEREX 5.1 multimedia audio platform was designed to set “the reference standard for video game audio recording and playback” according to API’s spokesperson Alex Romanov. In making this announcement, Alex Romanov, API’s Director of New Business Development stated “Over the past 20 years, the video and computer game industry has revolutionized entertainment, creating a $12 billion industry in North America with Microsoft’s XBOX and Sony’s PlayStation driving the market.” API’s “Virtual World” looking 5.1 system consists of 5 identical satellite speakers and a 100 Watt powered 8” Subwoofer. It is also designed to directly connect to Microsoft and Sony game consoles as well as all other media sources.
Friday, 07 November 2003 ,  Written by Scott Selter
Bose Corporation has filed suit in the United States Patent and Trademark Office to cancel CEDIA’s four federal trademark registrations for its mark “Electronic Lifestyles®.” CEDIA began using “Electronic Lifestyles” in 1995 in connection with the association’s non-profit activities. In 1998 and 1999, CEDIA received four federal trademark registrations for “Electronic Lifestyles.” Bose, which is a CEDIA member, markets a line of loudspeakers known as “Lifestyle®.” In its suit, Bose claims that CEDIA’s “Electronic Lifestyles” trademark so resembles Bose’s “Lifestyle” trademark as to cause confusion. CEDIA denies that confusion exists or is likely, and CEDIA is defending the proceeding vigorously.
Thursday, 06 November 2003 ,  Written by Scott Selter
Two of the big five major record labels, Sony Music and BMG, agreed to join forces. The two companies will reportedly keep their autonomy sharing their power 50-50 but now have the opportunity to compete with Universal Music Group to become the largest record company in the world. The Sony-BMG merger comes as two suitors are hunting down another juicy target in Warner Music (WEA). EMI reportedly is close to submitting a 1 billion dollar offer for the vast WEA operation while billionaire movie producer Haim Saban and former Seagram chairman, Edgar Bronfman Jr. are also reportedly tendering a similar offer. TimeWarner (they officially dumped the AOL from their name a few weeks ago) has made no secret about their desire to sell off elements of their business that are not making money right now. This includes their music operations and possibly even their sports franchises. Earlier in the year TimeWarner sold off their ...
Tuesday, 28 October 2003 ,  Written by Jerry Del Colliano
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit denied a petition for review of the Federal Communication Commission’s tuner order in a 20-page ruling issued today. FCC Chairman Michael K. Powell issued the following statement: “We’re on track to have most television sets digital-ready by 2007. This will ensure that consumers are able to enjoy high-quality digital broadcast programming without the hassle and expense of hooking up a separate set-top box. We’re pleased that the court has upheld a key component of our digital television transition plan.” CEA chairman Gary Shapiro was less jubilant saying “We obviously are disappointed by the DC Circuit Court of Appeals ruling, which we are still studying. We will be reviewing the full opinion and consulting with our member companies, but of course will be compliant with any final court order.
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