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January 31, 2007 | From the Associated Press
Just when Sony Corp. appears to have turned around its electronics business, another part of its sprawling empire -- video games -- is dragging down profit. The Japanese electronics and entertainment company Tuesday blamed the launching costs of its PlayStation 3 game console for much of the 5% drop in profit for the last three months of 2006 to 159.9 billion yen ($1.3 billion). The PS3 launched in the United States and Japan in November.
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NEWS
November 16, 2006 | Pete Metzger, Special to The Times
ON Friday, Sony will release its long-awaited PlayStation 3, the biggest, meanest, most expensive game console ever created. But on Sunday, Nintendo will release its revolutionary new console, the Wii, and video gaming as we know it will drastically change. Gone are the days of video game systems being used by those heavy with computer skills. Thanks to the Wii, and its set of innovative controllers, just about anyone can truly get into the game.
BUSINESS
September 25, 2006 | From Bloomberg News
Sony Corp., the world's biggest maker of video game players, cut the price in Japan of its PlayStation 3 by about 20%, responding to complaints that it cost twice as much as rival consoles. The game player will retail for $430 when it goes on sale in Japan on Nov. 11, Ken Kutaragi, head of Sony Computer Entertainment Inc., said Friday at the Tokyo Game Show. The company previously said it would sell models for $540.
BUSINESS
May 9, 2006 | Dawn C. Chmielewski, Times Staff Writer
Sony Computer Entertainment's PlayStation 3 will be the most expensive game system on the market when it debuts Nov. 17 in North America. The much-anticipated video game console will sell for $499 for a system that has a 20-gigabyte hard drive or $599 for a system with three times the storage, the company said at a news conference Monday night. Microsoft Corp.'s Xbox 360 starts at $299.
NEWS
May 8, 2006 | Brian Hanrahan and Andrew Malcolm, Times Staff Writers
Sony is unveiling its new PlayStation 3 tonight, and here's why that matters even if you don't give a Lara Croft about video games: It could determine what kind of television, camcorder or DVD player you buy in the next few years. And if you make the wrong choice, you might wind up with the 21st century equivalent of an eight-track tape player.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 22, 2005
I have one simple request for Michael McGough on his article "What the Bible really says about gays" (Opinion, July 18) and student Justin Cannon, who is trying to justify homosexuality using the Bible. Give us one, just one, Bible verse that encourages homosexuality. P.S. You'd better pack a huge lunch! Matt Stankus Temecula
ENTERTAINMENT
April 29, 2005 | Leah Ollman, Special to The Times
Sleight-of-hand magic, say practitioners, depends on diverting the audience's attention. While a magician steers onlookers' eyes in one direction, he or she performs an act of concealment or revelation somewhere else. Tauba Auerbach's work has a marvelous, magical quality about it, but not puff-of-smoke, wave-of-wand, sleight-of-hand magic. Instead, it enacts a more profound perceptual trick, art's oldest ace in the hole: awakening us to the amazements of the ordinary and familiar.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 22, 2004 | Carina Chocano, Times Staff Writer
If there's one stereotype "P.S." dispels right off the bat, it's the notion of today's twentysomethings as career-obsessed strivers. Young F. Scott Feinstadt (Topher Grace) thinks he might like to enroll in Columbia's graduate master of fine arts program. And why not? His undergraduate experience at the Rhode Island School of Design was nothing but "good people, good times." So he fills out an application, writes a check and forgets to include slides of his work in the package.
NATIONAL
August 29, 2004 | From Chicago Tribune
The White House has issued a stern warning to administration officials attending the Republican National Convention in New York: Don't misbehave at the all-night parties or accept freebies. Lest they forget, the White House printed rules on creme-colored, wallet-size laminated cards and gave them to hundreds of administration officials before they left. Not sure if you can accept a seat at a corporate skybox? How about the free blue box from Tiffany & Co.?
ENTERTAINMENT
August 11, 2004 | J. Michael Kennedy, Times Staff Writer
America's Olympic jocks are being instructed in how to behave on the world stage. They're being asked by some high-profile past Olympians not to horse around on the medals podium and not to drape themselves in the American flag or make it into a turban or a toga -- as medalists have in the past. They're being urged to turn the other cheek if they're heckled, to walk away from a jeering crowd. There is a reason for all this concern.
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