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Let the gaming console price wars begin

Jul 11, 2007
Last week Microsoft said it wasn't going to lower the price of the Xbox 360, but the company appears to be changing its tune following Sony's announced markdown of its Playstation 3. They're both trying to lure gamers away from Nintendo's top-selling Wii.
Posted In: Entertainment, Science

Will new cable boxes change anything?

Jul 5, 2007
Cable TV companies are now required to give customers a new kind of set-top box. It will come with a little card that lets customers go out and buy or lease their own box. What happens then depends on who you ask. John Dimsdale reports.
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Sony seeking songwriters

Jul 5, 2007
Recording giant Sony BMG is trying to renegotiate a contract with Michael Jackson to allow the company to get into the publishing side of the music industry. Times of London's Dan Sabbagh says it all depends how big a check they're ready to write.
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Roswell cashing in on UFO business

Jul 5, 2007
For better or worse, the legendary UFO incident of 1947 forever changed the town of Roswell, New Mexico, but somewhere along the line its residents learned to embrace the folklore. And cash in on it. Janet Babin explains.
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Happy 4th! Please return your kegs

Jul 4, 2007
Keg thieves are tapping into the beer industry's collective bottom line, siphoning off over $40 million a year, into scrap metal mostly. The Beer Institute's Jeff Becker tells us how they're making off with so many empty kegs, and what's being done about it.
Posted In: Crime, Entertainment

Firecracker fun made in China

Jul 4, 2007
Fireworks are as American as apple pie and the Fourth of July, except that almost all of them are made in China. So how do we know if they're safe? The industry acted to defuse that issue nearly 20 years ago, but it's not failsafe, John Dimsdale reports.
Posted In: Canada, Entertainment, Retail

Tequila puts agave on the hog cycle

Jul 4, 2007
Back in the late '90s, tequila made such a big splash in U.S. pop culture that it drove up the price of agave, the spiky plant used to make Mexico's national liquor. The events that followed tell an age-old story in agriculture. Dan Grech explains.
Posted In: Canada, Entertainment, Mexico

Moving up a blockbuster's payday

Jul 3, 2007
People involved in a hit movie can reap big bucks if they sign a profit-participation deal. But it can take years to get the money. So, a new company is offering cash upfront for rights to future earnings. Tess Vigeland talked with its CEO, Steve Kram.
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Riding the iPhone publicity wave

Jul 2, 2007
Universal Music is refusing to renew its annual contract with Apple to make its music available on iTunes. The at-will arrangement means Universal could yank its big name artists at a moment's notice. But that seems unlikely, Dan Grech reports.
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Talkers fight a 'fairness' push

Jun 29, 2007
Conservative talk radio flexed its muscle to defeat the ill-fated immigration reform bill, and it's unlikely the "Fairness Doctrine" will be resurrected to control the airwaves. Jeremy Hobson reports.
Posted In: Entertainment, Washington

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