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Sony said is partnering with Netflix to provide access to the online movie rental company’s library through Sony’s PlayStation 3 video game console. PS3 users in the United States who are also Netflix subscribers will be able to instantly stream movies from the Netflix catalog at no extra cost. (Reuters10/26)

Well it’s about time. I mean, it’s sort of like arriving at the XBox party at the end when everyone has already paired off and only the somewhat sketchy people are left. OK, maybe a slight exaggeration but you know you hear me on this… Here’s the BIG difference between PS3 and XBox, PS3 users don’t have to pay an additional extra dime for Netflix content whereas XBox users must have the Gold level membership which costs $50/year.

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So much for the first generation of big Facebook/MySpace social application startups. Slideand RockYouboth got huge valuations in venture rounds. But a new generation of application developers has taken center stage and are racking up big revenues and their own eye popping valuations: Zynga, Playfish and Playdom. (Techcrunch10/26)

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Activision has introduced “Tony Hawk Ride,” a 3-D extreme sports game designed for PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and Wii systems that is based on the moves of the legendary skateboard pro and his mates. This version of the “Hawk” franchise also comes with a new peripheral: a motion-sensitive skateboard similar to the Wii Fit Balance Board. GameDaily BIZ (5/15) , Electronista (5/15)

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Video game software sales slowed 23% in April compared with the same month in 2008, and video game hardware was down 8% for the period, according to a new study by NPD Group. Two bright spots, however, were the release of the Nintendo DSi portable gaming console and the price reduction on Sony’s PlayStation 2, the study noted. eWEEK.com (5/16)

The latest rumors surrounding the Zune are that Microsoft is developing a mobile-entertainment platform that will be part Xbox 360 and part Zune player, according to this report. If it pans out, the device apparently would have the same graphical interface as the New Xbox Experience. CNET/Crave (5/15)

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