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February 12, 2013News covering the consumer electronics industry

  Today's Digital Pulse 
  • Cut out the consoles: Valve chief predicts more PC-to-TV streaming
    Gabe Newell of Valve Software foresees direct PC-to-TV streaming of video games will become standard on more powerful PCs connected with television sets. "The good news is that it is going to start at about $100 and eventually go down to zero. This will just become a standard feature of every television. ... The latency is basically nonexistent, so we really believe it is a very low-cost pathway [to PC games in the living room] and also a high-quality path," he says. (2/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  CE in the Home 
  • Microsoft in Hollywood: Xbox studio seeks "hit" programs
    The Xbox Entertainment Studio wants the same kind of original programming that broadcast and cable networks crave, but with interactive elements for subscribers to the Xbox Live service, according to studio head Nancy Tellem. The studio is initially targeting younger Xbox users. "Interactivity is a natural extension of what they do," Tellem says. CNET (2/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  From Blue Chips to Startups 
  • Ergen: Without partners, DISH might have to shed spectrum
    DISH Network will "admit we failed" and sell its cache of wireless spectrum worth billions of dollars if the satellite TV provider fails to land a partner to help it realize ambitious plans to build a wireless network, Chairman Charlie Ergen conceded Monday at an industry event. Ergen insisted that its bid to pre-empt Sprint Nextel's offer for wireless service provider Clearwire is real. "We're serious about it. Our offer is good for shareholders. Sprint will have to do more to keep us out," he said. Ergen also said DISH bought the Blockbuster video chain in order to sell wireless service, a move that was blocked by regulatory delays. Bloomberg Businessweek (2/12), Reuters (2/11), All Things D (2/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Samsung exec: We want partners in Silicon Valley
    David Eun of Samsung Electronics is looking for a few good companies in a place that's full of them: Silicon Valley. "We're doubling down on software innovation, particularly software that will enhance our products," he said Monday. "We're focusing on investing in early-stage companies, and developing partnerships with them that can help us enhance the user experience of our customers." Samsung has opened an Open Innovation Center in the tech hot spot to work with local partners. All Things D (2/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Bill Gates on global health, U.S. education and politics, Steve Jobs
    Bill Gates hosted an "Ask Me Anything" forum on the Reddit website, fielding questions on a variety of topics. The Microsoft co-founder said of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs, "He and I respected each other. Our biggest joint project was the Mac, where Microsoft had more people on the project than Apple did as we wrote a lot of applications. I saw Steve regularly over the years, including spending an afternoon with him a few months before he tragically passed away." (U.K.) (2/11), VentureBeat/Media (2/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Tech News 
  • Google advances wireless-charging cause with Nexus 4 Orb
    Google has taken wireless phone charging a step further with the release of its Orb for the Nexus 4 smartphone. The small, round magnetic device, which will cost $59, is not completely wireless: Users still have to plug it into a socket. The move is said to represent progress in a technology that has been slow to take off. GigaOm (2/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Fox puts money into 2D-to-3D conversion system
    20th Century Fox Home Entertainment is employing a new process to make two-dimensional movies into 3D films for release on Blu-ray discs. Only a few titles will get the treatment, such as "Independence Day" and "Titanic," with "I, Robot" being the first example to hit the market. (U.K.) (2/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Retail Trends 
  • American Express rolls out a tweet-to-buy program
    American Express is looking to trump Facebook and Discover's Facebook Card with an enhanced alliance with Twitter that allows cardholders to make purchases directly from their Twitter accounts. American Express has used the same Card Sync technology to offer special deals, rather than direct purchases, through Twitter, Foursquare, Xbox Live and Facebook, since 2011. The program is launching with a variety of tech products for sale, such as a Microsoft Xbox 360 or an Amazon Kindle Fire HD. Adweek (2/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

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  • Nominations are now open for the 2013 Innovation Entrepreneur Awards
    Launched in 2012 by It Is Innovation magazine (formerly Vision) and the CEA Small Business Council, CEA's Innovation Entrepreneur Awards Program recognizes entrepreneurs leading businesses with revenues under $30 million and the contributions they make to the U.S. economy. Any small business or small business owner/executive in the CE industry that demonstrates innovation, dedication to the industry and their local community, and the tenacity to persevere through business and economic challenges are welcome to apply. The deadline to submit nominations is March 29. Watch videos of the 2012 award winners and submit your nomination today. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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