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Sony establishes online music retailing venture

Sony Communications Network (So-net), the Internet service provider (ISP) unit of Sony, is furthering the company's push into network-based retailing with the establishment of a joint venture to sell music online, it announced yseterday.

PlayStation 2 mania hits online auction sites

With the Saturday morning clamor for PlayStation 2 (PS2) consoles continuing into this week and warnings from maker Sony Computer Entertainment (SCEI) about short-term shortages of units due to supply problems with memory cards, lucky owners are look...

NEC details reorganisation

NEC on Wednesday in Tokyo added details to its plan first outlined in September last year to refocus the company around the Internet.

UPDATE: eBay, Amazon, Buy.com Hit by Attacks

A day after the US Web sites of Yahoo were targeted with a denial of service attack, Amazon.com , eBay and Buy.com have all said problems experienced by their Web sites yesterday were due to similar attacks.

Bulletin: Ebay, Buy.com Confirm Sites Attacked

A day after the U.S. Web sites of Yahoo Inc. were targeted with a denial of service attack, Ebay Inc. and Buy.com Inc. have both said problems experienced by their Web sites today were due to similar attacks.

Sony opens first major e-commerce site

Sony has formed a new subsidiary to market the company's consumer electronics products online. Called Sony Style.com Japan, the new company is Sony's biggest push yet into the e-commerce arena in Japan.

NEC recalls 86,000 PCs in Japan

NEC is recalling 86,000 personal computers in Japan because of a problem with the power supply that could cause the machine to shut down during use.

SD Memory Card gains industry boost

The push behind the Secure Digital memory card is gaining momentum with three electronics companies last week announcing they will promote the card which supports the Secure Digital Music Initiative copy-protection system.

This search engine sees what you mean

Search engines just might be getting a little smarter with researchers at NEC's C&C Media Laboratories unveiling a prototype of a search engine capable of locating digital images, photographs, and video scenes regardless of data format.

Apple Japan reportedly denies iMac price fixing

The head of Apple Japan, under investigation by Japan's Fair Trade Commission, has denied his company tried to fix the price at which retailers sell the iMac and iBook computers, according to a local media report.

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