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Wal-Mart kills online video store

Wal-Mart has closed down its video download store. We'll forgive you if your forgot that Wal-Mart was selling video downloads in the first place. We kind of forgot too. But the company jumped on the digital media bandwagon late last year. But apparently sales were a bit lower than expected. Wal-Mart closed down its video download store after Hewlett-Packard decided to discontinue the technology ...

Download gOS, the operating system of Wal-Mart's $199 PC

This week Wal-Mart started selling a $199 PC with a Linux based operating system called gOS pre-loaded. A lot of websites mistakenly reported that the "g" stands for Gogole, because this stripped down operating system has direct links to a bunch of Google services like YouTube, Docs & Spreadsheets, and Blogger. But gOS is actually a stripped down "green" operating system based on Ubuntu. And...

Live customer service going the way of the dodo bird

Back in the day (meaning, only about five years ago), when you needed the customer service department of a company to solve a problem, you simply picked up the phone and talked to a real, live person. That soon gave way to working your way through phone trees more complicated than the schematics of the International Space Station. Gradually, we found ourselves shouting, ""Return a package....reeee...

1.3 million movies sold on iTunes

After three short months, sales of Disney movies through the iTunes Store have hit 1.3 million downloads, in addition to 20 million television show downloads. However, Paramount has been the only other movie studio that has joined Apple since October of 2006. Why? No one wants to upset colossal retailers like Wal-Mart and Target, which are responsible for the majority of DVD sales. But will these ...

Wal-mart planning to sell video downloads

That's right, we haven't even got the whole digital music thing down yet, there are still plenty of questions, but here comes the video tidal wave anyway. With Amazon and Apple offering their respective services or Netflix and now Wal-Mart getting ready for prime time, we will soon (as consumers) have video out the wazoo, whether we like it or not. I fear we will have the whole DRM/fair use debat...

Rumor alert: Google to sell Google PCs at Wal-Mart

The LA Times' Sallie Hofmeister has published her business predictions for the new year, and there's a lot of interesting speculation among them, but most interesting is this tidbit: "Sources say Google has been in negotiations with Wal-Mart Stores Inc., among other retailers, to sell a Google PC." Of course this isn't the first talk of a Google-branded computer, and if anyone could pul...