Microsoft Corp. announced on Tuesday that it had struck a deal with Disney-ABC Domestic Television to make feature films from the Walt Disney Studios available for download on its online video game service, Xbox Live Marketplace.
Pittsburgh -- U.S. computer graphics experts have created a new system for editing or altering photographs using segments of the millions of images available on the Web.
The Carnegie Mellon University researchers said whether adding people or objects to a photo, their system automatically finds images matching the context of the original photo so they blend realistically. Unlike traditional photo editing, the results can be achieved rapidly by users with minimal skills.
There have been some significant changes recently at troubled company VeriSign (Nasdaq: VRSN). CEO Stratton Sclavos abruptly resigned after a 12-year reign just after Memorial Day. He was a polarizing figure, with many in the I-won't-touch-the-stock-as-long-as-he's-there camp. OK, we got the message, as did the Street. The stock is up almost $6 since his departure.
In a controversial move that is certain to be challenged by privacy-loving Americans, the police of New York City want to set up a "ring of steel" defensive perimeter to help thwart terrorist attacks. Dubbed the Lower Manhattan Security Initiative, the program is based on a similar initiative already existing in London, and involves installing license plate-reading cameras in lower Manhattan by the end of the year.
Over the past few years in which Oracle (Nasdaq: ORCL) and SAP (NYSE: SAP) have been busy smacking each other down, perhaps the most notable blow took place in March, when Oracle filed a lawsuit alleging that SAP engaged in "corporate theft on a grand scale." And then this week, SAP did something it never does: It admitted that there's some truth to Oracle's claims -- that there were indeed "inappropriate downloads" of the company's proprietary content.
Manchester, England -- The clergy at Manchester Cathedral says Sony's apology for using images of the venerable British church in a video game isn't enough.
The clergy say they want all video game manufacturers to sign "sacred digital guidelines" aimed at preventing "virtual desecration" of religious buildings in the future, The Times of London reported Friday. The exact rules are to be debated at the Church of England's General Synod in New York this weekend, the British newspaper said.
You probably know that online-auction leader eBay (Nasdaq: EBAY) owns a 25% stake in niche leader Craigslist. But it's a reluctant position for eBay, which came to hold it by way of an early investor who was seeking an exit strategy three years ago.
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