Sony stock sizzleI am putting my Sony stick down today. Yes, I beat on that gang aplenty, but I just want them to get better. Well, this week was a fine start to the year for the PlayStation 3 maker, which saw its shares close Tuesday up 6.5 percent on the Tokyo Stock Exchange, to 5,550 yen, or $46, the largest gain for Sony in a year. The company easily met the U.S. targets (one million consoles shipped) it set for itself, and Sony's other products, including TVs, also are doing well. We won't pick apart these numbers today, but simply flip the page in hopes of a continuously improving plot.
Execute Order 66For those who don't know, the headline above is from Star Wars, when Darth Sidious initiates his plan to finish off the Jedi and rule the Empire. This week's Consumer Electronics Show wasn't much for video games, but Microsoft did announce that its Xbox 360 will be able to act as a set-top TV box by the next holiday season. Owners could watch a live football game while discussing it over Xbox Live with friends, all through a game console. That's pretty cool, but Microsoft has always wanted to provide and control these kinds of features in the home. If this venture proves successful, it will have conquered a major hill in the battle for control of your living room. Clever and very Dark-Side-of-the-Force as well.
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