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Blockbuster Goes Belly Up, Closing 900+ Stores

posted Saturday Sep 19, 2009 by Nicholas DiMeo

Blockbuster Goes Belly Up, Closing 900+ Stores

With competitors like Netflix and Redbox, Blockbuster appears to have fallen behind this year. Blockbuster set out to close all of its unprofitable stores. Out of over 7,000 stores, a shocking 18% were proven unprofitable. Their plan was to "improve four-wall profitability," and in order to achieve this goal, these stores had to be closed.

Blockbuster intends to close up to 960 stores by the end of next year, according to a Securities and Exchange Commission filing. This is in an attempt to make the company more financially stable. Even before this information was discovered, Blockbuster was planning "normal closures," which included anywhere between 280-300 locations. Also, an expected 300 or so stores will be considered "accelerated closures."

Next year looks a lot less gloomy for this chain, expecting to close only 100-125 locations that will be normal closures, and 130-150 that will be accelerated closures, according to the company's SEC filing. But overall, between 810-960 stores will be closed by the end of 2010.

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Modern Warfare 2 Xbox 360 for $399

posted Saturday Sep 19, 2009 by Nicholas DiMeo

Modern Warfare 2 Xbox 360 for $399

Just as Microsoft announces a drop in price of the Xbox 360 Elite to $300, they come out with a new $400 Xbox, but this one is well worth the price! At the Modern Warfare 2 press event this week, the new Xbox 360 Modern Warfare edition was announced.

This package comes with much more than the original Xbox 360 and Xbox 360 Elite. It includes the console, which is custom designed around Modern Warfare 2, with a 250-GB hard drive, two wireless controllers, a wired headset and a copy the game itself. This is the only Xbox with a HDD this big, and it is not sold separately. All this priced at only $399.99!

Sound good huh? Well, you can pick this new Xbox 360 up soon, seeing as it is already available for pre-order at retailers all over the world!

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Musicians Want Money for Nothing

posted Saturday Sep 19, 2009 by Scott Ertz

Musicians Want Money for Nothing

There is a term in music called "public performance fee." That is the money that artists make when their music is played for a live audience. Advocacy groups, like RIAA, believe that there are several types of "public performances" that aren't currently being bought. The most prominent of these is the preview on iTunes.

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360 Not Media Ad-Friendly Enough

posted Saturday Sep 19, 2009 by Scott Ertz

360 Not Media Ad-Friendly Enough

One of the most popular downloads on the Xbox 360 is the series The Guild from Felicia Day. With the popularity of the show, and the huge response to it on Xbox Live, we have all been wondering when we will see more independently produced video content in the marketplace. The answer is, not anytime soon.

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PLuGHiTz Live! Radio - Episode 115

posted Sunday Sep 13, 2009 by Scott Ertz

This week, Apple has decided to take a page out of everybody else's book, Courtney Loves the rock and robot rehabilitation is in!

To hear this week's show, hit the break!

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The Wii Fit is so Last MacWorld, Taizo Is In

posted Sunday Sep 13, 2009 by Jon Wurm

The Wii Fit is so Last MacWorld, Taizo Is In

The days of fitness gurus and cardio DVDs with people in them may very well be numbered. The National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology and General Robotics have developed Taizo, a small humanoid robot with 26 joints that closely resembles Frosty the Snowman wearing a space suit. Taizo's purpose is to help elderly Japanese with rehabilitation efforts by taking them through calisthenics routines.

It is capable of performing 30 different moves and can keep the workout going for up to 2 hours on one charge. Taizo is made of fiberglass reinforced plastic and recognizes simple voice commands and can even link to computers with WiFi or Bluetooth (that's awesome)!

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