YouTube UK to block music videos on failed negotiations

YouTube UK will begin blocking most of its premium content music videos from UK viewers after negotiations with the Performing Rights Society (PRS) for Music have failed. YouTube claims the asking price was just too high and that they would've lost money with every video play.

Resident Evil 5: Zombie basher saves the day for console makers

Traditionally, January and February have always been slow periods for the gaming industry, but new data suggests a rebound. It only took couple of games to nudge the ailing console sales into a higher gear and revitalize interest in both the PS3 and Xbox 360. New releases like Killzone 2 and Yakuza 3, which launched earlier this month, are already showing a positive impact on not only game sales but also PS3 hardware. But it was last Friday's launch of Resident Evil that have sent the sales up of both PS3 and Xbox 360.

StripGenerator: An example of ever changing web technology

The Internet is changing the way in which artists, musicians and writers alike are able to conduct business and publicize their work. StripGenerator is an excellent example of how this changing technology gives writers an opportunity to share their comic musings with the world by creating their own comic strips.

Amazon.com launches video game trade-in store

Have an old video game you want to trade in for a new or different title? You could always stop by your local GameStop retail store and barter away. Or, if you don't like to leave your house (except, of course, to go to the local UPS store and drop off your exchange package) you could turn to Amazon.com's new game trade-in service.

Google creates Tip Jar, help consumers save money

Google has created a Tip Jar designed to help consumers "discover the most effective ways to save money." The tools is an experiment, and is being powered by Google Moderator. With Tip Jar, people can share their deepest trinkets of helpful knowledge. Buddy, can you spare a tip?

The Beatles go digital with MTV, sorta

The Beatles is the last big name in music that has not arrived in the digital age yet and we recently got word that the organization behind the Beatles’ music, Apple Corps, are not ready to release their music to iTunes at this time. But the group will make their music available in a new video game scheduled for launch later this year. And just in case you wonder: There are more than 46 years between the first Beatles album release and the introduction of this video game.

Amazon Video on Demand launches on Roku

On Tuesday, Roku announced it would add over 40,000 movies and television programs to its online video service via Amazon Video on Demand. In May, the company launched its $99 digital video player with Netflix as its initial streaming partner. The deal between Amazon and Roku now allows for the delivery of a larger content library, in addition to new titles.

CBS launches iPhone television application

TV.com has been released by CBS Mobile, the new free mobile application will allow iPhone and iPod touch users to view full episodes of select CBS television shows and other programs via a Wi-Fi or 3G mobile network.

Blu-ray gets simplified licensing

Occasionally it just takes a lot of time to get something right. Blu-ray is not quite where we would've expected the now sole high-definition video format at this point in time, but it seems at least licensing will become much easier. Panasonic, Philips and Sony announced that they have agreed to create a "one-stop-shop" product license company for Blu-ray, which should positively impact the availability of Blu-ray discs and Blu-ray players and recorders in the market and in consumer homes.

Report: World of Warcraft is as addictive as cocaine

A soon-to-be published Swedish report by the Swedish Youth Organization and The Youth Care Foundation has determined that World of Warcraft plays a serious role in gaming addiction, being as addictive as cocaine. They even cite that there is not a single case of gaming addiction where World of Warcraft is not involved.

Netflix to begin offering streaming-only plans

On Wednesday, Netflix announced it will be launching a brand new, stand-alone streaming service. The company will offer customers a fixed monthly fee for accessing the company's DVD categories via web-based streaming only. There are no specific details as to when the new service will launch or how much it will cost, though many predict it wil be in the third quarter.

Panasonic has first DivX certified line of 1080p HDTVs

DivX corporation announced today the first line of DivX certified HDTVs for Panasonic, which are currently available in Europe. There are nine models in the Panasonic VIERA Z1, V10 and G15 series which allow full 1080p resolutions with DivX video formats output directly onto the TV by the TV's built-in encoder and a front-load media slot.

Playstation Portable hits 50 million units

Sony said that it has sold 50 million units of its Playstation Portable (PSP) gaming console, which is about half the number of Nintendo DS handhelds sold to date.

US cable companies: Web TV coming to the cloud this summer

Last week, the Wall Street Journal reported that Comcast and Timer Warner were negotiating with cable networks such as USA, MTV and TNT in an attempt to put broadcast shows from those channels online. The shows will not be delivered for free, but instead will give paid subscribers a new way to access streaming video content online from wherever they are, taking the television out of the living room and on the go.

UPDATED: Apple rejects South Park app for iPhone over "offensive" content

Chicago (IL) - Boing Boing reports that the developers behind a new South Park iPhone application submitted it for approval four months ago. And now the developers have received a note from Apple which confirms the application has been rejected, citing "potentially offensive" content. And the irony is, Apple's iTunes Store carries seasons 11 and 12 of the TV show South Park: Uncensored, though admittedly with a TV-MA warning. Apple's message is this:  Watching potentially offensive content is okay. Playing with it in an application is not.

At least 400 TV stations have gone digital

This morning at midnight, over 400 broadcasters nationwide have reportedly made the decision to permanently shut down their analog signals and began broadcasting in digital only.

U.S. to get Nintendo DSi on April 5

Nintendo today said that it will bring its updated handheld gaming system DSi to the United States on April 5 (see our previous coverage). The third generation of the DS will be available in blue and black and will sell for $170 -- a $40 premium over the current DS Lite model. The extra money will get gamers a larger screens (3.25" instead of 3") a slimmer form factor (18.9 mm, compared to the 21.9 mm of the DS Lite) as well as features such as an audio player and an SD card slot, which replaces the GBA slot of the DS. EXTRA: SLIDESHOW

Casinos warned: An iPhone app created to count cards

Nevada gambling regulators have recently been issued warnings about an iPhone application used in California casinos that can counts cards. The app works on iPhone and iPod touch and helps users tip the odds in their favor by keeping track of which cards have been seen in blackjack with machine accuracy.

Midway games files for bankruptcy protection

The creator of such popular games as Space Invaders, Pac-Man, Spy Hunter, Tron, NBA Jam and the infamous Mortal Kombat, as well as over one hundred additional titles, has filed for chapter 11 bankruptcy protection after the late 2008 sale of Sumner Redstone's controlling interest.

Nintendo races toward 50% share in game console shipments

Nintendo once more led game console shipment numbers, according to market research firm NPD. The company accounted for 57% of shipments in January and is quickly approaching a 50% share of current-gen game consoles shipped overall – despite a one year market advantage of the Xbox 360. Of 39.5 the million consoles sold to date, Nintendo shipped almost 18.4 million units, and its share grows every month.