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Microsoft Rep Confirms EA Purchase Rumor is False

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273w ago - Following yesterday's rumor of a THQ takeover by EA came another, this time [Register or Login to view links] that Microsoft is eyeing EA.

Citing information from traders, a Reuters report said there was "unsubstantiated talk" that Microsoft (MSFT) is interested in buying the publisher of the Madden, Medal of Honor and FIFA series.

However, Microsoft spokesman David Dennis has already dispelled the rumor that they are interested in buying the major videogame publisher.

To quote: "There is no truth to this rumor," he said in an e-mail to SeattlePI.com, "we have no plans to purchase EA."
 

Pirate Bay Purchaser Has Property and Boat Seized Over Debt

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275w ago - Just over a month ago it was reported that the Pirate Bay acquisition by Global Gaming Factory was starting to sink.

Today CEO Hans Pandeya of Global Gaming Factory, the company aiming to buy the Pirate Bay, has suffered yet another loss -including a luxury car, a motorcycle and a luxury boat- all to tax authorities over unpaid debt.

To quote: "Having failed to pay a debt of some 780,000 kronor ($110,400) owed to the Swedish tax authorities, at the end of August enforcement officers ran out of patience with Hans Pandeya and moved to seize his assets.

A tow truck took away Pandeya's car, which we can now reveal was a rather nice BMW 745iA, and his Harley Davidson. The tax authorities valued the car at 150,000 kronor ($20,800) and the motorcycle at 40,000 kronor ($5,550) so his tax debt still wasn't cleared, not by a long way.

The bailiffs needed to find more funds but it was reported in the Swedish media that they were unable to find any bank accounts. But the trail didn't go cold.

Following an anonymous tip-off, bailiffs homed in on the Royal Motorboat Club in Stockholm and there they found it - not a torrent galleon with cannons either...
 

FYE, Hastings Ad Reveals $100 Price Cut on Sony's PlayStation 3

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279w ago - Following analyst Michael Pachter's prediction from earlier today comes another PS3 price cut ad leak... this time from Hastings, a Texas-based retailer.

According to the ad, the current stock of 160GB PS3s will be cut to $400, a $100 savings over the original.

In related news, [Register or Login to view links] is reporting FYE is now selling 80GB PS3 consoles for $299, with the Uncharted bundle for $400.

To quote: Of potential importance is the phrasing: the ad mentions the PS3 is experiencing a "price cut" versus a temporary "sale." The cut begins September 8th, weeks after Sony's press conference at Gamescom.

The reduced price could be exclusive to Hastings, and isn't necessarily indicative of a nationwide price drop. However, a price drop on current PS3 models can clear inventory and make way for a possibly upgraded one.
 

Sony: UMD-less PSP Has Always Been the Plan

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285w ago - According to Sony's product planning division head Naoya Matsui, "We'd planned to release a PSP model without a UMD drive since the very beginning."

Further elaborating on this statement, "But if we'd simply release the hardware, there wouldn't have been much for everyone to enjoy," he said in an interview with Japanese site GameBusiness (linked above).

To quote: "We needed to prepare the right environment for it first - things like the transferral of content with the PS3 and PSN, and PC software to manage content like music and movies such as Media Go."

Of course, they had to wait first until digital content is at a competitive playing field with physical media, and now the time is right.

The PSP Go will simultaneously launch in the US and Europe on October 1, while Japan will get it a month later.
 

Attention European Readers: EU PlayStation Blog Has Launched!

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290w ago - Today Sony's Social Media Manager Jeff Rubenstein has announced that their former ThreeSpeech has now officially launched as the European PlayStation Blog.

To quote: This morning, our friends over at SCEE launched [Register or Login to view links], bringing you pertinent, region-specific news like local PlayStation Store updates, release dates, prices, and more. Also, they have charming accents.

We encourage you to drop in, subscribe to [Register or Login to view links], and drink in the European flavor (flavour?). Paris in springtime is wonderful, no?

We've been more than happy to serve our readers across the pond for the past two years or so (has it really been that long?), and we'll still be here for you in the future, doing what we do. We hope you'll still drop in on us from time to time.

And, when you do, please bring us [Register or Login to view links]. We love them.
 
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