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

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285w 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

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287w 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

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289w 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:...
 

Pachter: PS3 Price Cut by October if Console Sales Keep Crashing

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290w ago - Wedbush Morgan analyst Michael Pachter has predicted that Sony will cut PS3's price before October 1, 2009 if US hardware sales continue to slide.

Speaking in a note today, Pachter estimated that US Wii, 360 and PS3 sales will show a year-on-year decline of 43 percent for June.

To quote: "We think that the console manufacturers will therefore be forced to consider a price cut before year-end, with Sony cutting the PS3's price by October 1," he said.

"Further, we do not think that Nintendo's hardware forecast figures are achievable without a price cut, and we expect one around the same time as the PS3 price cut.

"It is likely both manufacturers will cut by $50, with Sony making up any lack of increased demand with a software bundle.

"We expect Microsoft to follow suit, giving us confidence that US software sales will grow later in the year, notwithstanding negative sales in the early part of the year."

Pachter predicted sales of 350,000 Wii, 225,000 Xbox 360 and 165,000 PS3 consoles in June today. The June NPD releases this Thursday.
 

Report: Desktop PC Game Sales Rise by 18 Per Cent

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296w ago - PC Gaming Alliance research indicates desktop game sales rose 18 percent worldwide last year; installed base stands at 228 million.

According to the PCGA's 2008 Horizon's Report, PC gaming software saw revenues reach $12.7 billion in 2008 which is a rise of $1.9 billion, or nearly 18 percent.

Overall, the study found that the PC software and hardware market stood at $68 billion in 2008, with the PCGA saying that number is expected to balloon to $143 billion by 2013.

More than 42 million PC desktops and 31 million notebooks capable of playing games were shipped during the year. This figure is expected to grow to 59 million and 118 million, in five years.

Gaming-capable PCs and notebooks were also estimated to be about 228 million during the year, and the PCGA estimated the 2013 installed base will grow to 600 million.
 
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