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More Google TV Release Date Confusion
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Google said right from the beginning (Google I/O in May) that Google TV would be available in time for the holidays. They were never specific about the when, however. A week ago, Eric Schmidt confirmed that Google TV would be out this fall. A day or two later, Intel CEO Paul Otellini reportedly said that Google TV devices should start shipping as soon as this month.

iPad Coming to All U.S. Best Buy Stores September 26
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Best Buy just announced it is expanding iPad availability to all U.S. stores September 26. That of course goes for the Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi +3G models. 

Google Talks White Spaces, Google TV Coming This Month?

Google has a post on its Public Policy blog talking about moving forward on white spaces. As the company notes, the five current FCC Commissioners will soon meet to set final technical rules for white spaces. 

"If it gets the rules right, the Commission will have taken a huge step to put better and faster Internet connections in the hands of the public," says Richard Whitt, Washington Telecom and Media Counsel.

 

Half of Mobile Users Don’t Know When Their Contracts Are Up
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There are some interesting survey results out from Best Buy today, regarding mobile phone users and their contracts. The findings reveal that about half of users don’t know when they’re contracts expire.

While the survey is used by the company to promote is new Upgrade Checker campaign, shed some light on the issue nonetheless.

Chad Ochocinco Wants to Get Rid of Farmville

Fast Company has an interview with none other than Chad Ochocinco, receiver for the Cincinnati Bengals who makes as much of an impact on online pop culture as he does on the football field (perhaps more so). He wants to get rid of Farmville.

Use Social Network Services To Send Gift Cards

If you are like me and you spend quite a bit of time hanging out on social networks and social media websites online, then you know that your friends’ and family members’ birthdays and other special occasions tend to pop up out of nowhere, and you are left to scramble and purchase something online and send it to them. We are internet power users, and tend to make most of our purchases now online rather than rely on the old antiquated snail mail system.

Best Buy Now Installing Google Mobile Apps On Smartphones

Best Buy Mobile said today it will install Google mobile applications in the smartphones it sells at its retail outlets.

Best Buy Mobile employees will install Google Mobile App on all compatible smartphones through its "Walk Out Working" program which is a free in-store smartphone setup.

Google will announce this additional method of getting Google Mobile App on its Mobile Blog and provide more information on a new Google and Best Buy Mobile website scheduled to launch on November 9.

Best Buy To Launch Online Movie Service

Best Buy said today it is partnering with online video provider CinemaNow to create a movie download service that would be built into most of the electronic devices it sells that can be connected to the Internet.

Best Buy said it has entered into a multi-year agreement to license Sonic Solutions’ Roxio CinemaNow technology. Under terms of the agreement, Best Buy acquired warrants enabling it to purchase shares of Sonic Solutions common stock.

Best Buy Lists Twitter Followers As Job Qualification
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A recruitment ad for a Sr. Manager – Emerging Media Marketing Job at US retailer Best Buy includes an item under the ‘Preferred Qualifications’ heading that applicants have “250 plus followers on Twitter.”

This Is The New $5 Napster


What Do You Think Of The New Napster?

What’s Going on With CircuitCity.com?
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Update 2: CircuitCity.com is back up and running.

Update: According to the Huffington Post, "Circuit City Stores Inc. hopes to sell its brand, trademarks and e-commerce business to Systemax Inc., the same company that purchased electronics retailer CompUSA’s intellectual property when it closed in 2008."

Best Buy Getting Into Movie Download Business
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It looks like Best Buy is getting into the business of offering movies for download. This could step up competition with the likes of iTunes and Amazon, and even Netflix really.

The concept is a product of Best Buy partnering with CinemaNow, the same company that Blockbuster has dealt with to offer movies through set-top devices. According to Variety:

Best Buy, Wal-Mart Enjoy Circuit City Web Traffic
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Circuit City closing down was obviously good news for electronics retailer competitors. But which ones are reaping the benefits the most? They are whom you’d expect: Best Buy and Wal-Mart.

Hitwise reports on where online consumers go after being greeted with CircuitCity.com’s Sorry-we’re-closed message. Twenty percent of them float downstream to Best Buy’s website. Ten percent go to Wal-Mart, followed by Kmart.com and Sears.com with four and two percent respectively.

Circuit City to Be Resurrected Online
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Early this year, Circuit City announced that it was closing all of its stores after being in business for 60 years. Gizmodo is pointing to a screenshot from Circuit City’s website now, however, suggesting that the company will be back in online form.

Developers Taking Advantage of Best Buy’s API
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Last month Best Buy announced a new social and API-driven initiative to give its web business a boost. The Best Buy Remix Developer Network comes with an affiliate plan that lets developers earn commissions if the traffic they send to BestBuy.com results in a sale.

Best Buy Remixes Online Presence
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Best Buy is changing the way it does business online and surprise, surprise – it involves social media and APIs. The company has introduced what it is calling the "Best Buy Remix Developer Network."

"We’re working to give you the tools you need to make Best Buy into what you need it to be," the company says.

Circuit City Promotes What Should Have Been Already
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Circuit City stock was perhaps rather attractive to some at around a dollar per share; in a weird twist it’s somehow less attractive at 39 cents—maybe it’s the stink of death all around it, maybe that’s what Blockbuster smelled when they pulled out of an acquisition deal.

Thoughts On Napster & Best Buy

4 Thoughts On Best Buy & Napster

  •   Napster was worth even less than I thought. Given the $67 million in cash that Napster has on hand, the purchase for $121 million by Best Buy puts the valuation at just $54 million.

Napster Is Best Buy For Best Buy
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Best Buy will have some music to offer alongside all that portable gadgetry soon. The company announced this morning the acquisition of Napster for $121 million in cash.

Best Buy Tests E-Waste Recycling Program

Best Buy is testing a free electronic recycling program in 117 of its stores.

The program launched on June 1, with stores in Baltimore, San Francisco and Minnesota. Customers can bring in up to two electronic devices per day, per household for recycling.

Electronics that can be recycled include televisions, monitors up to 32 inches, computers, phones, and cameras. Items that won’t be accepted are televisions or monitors that are over 32 inches, console televisions, air conditioners, microwave ovens and appliances. Best Buy has a separate program for appliances.

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