Daily Archives: December 3, 2010

Chris Nuttall

The video game industry is adding accessories rather than reducing prices this holiday season to try to extend the life and appeal of home consoles.

In part two of the annual gift guide in the Personal Technology column of the FT’s Business Life section, we highlight the best games on each platform as well as add-ons that make them more lifelike and easy to play than ever before. Read more

Richard Waters

Google has been trying for much of this year to win music industry support to launch its own streaming music service – so far without success. But its latest moves to make copyrighted material easier to find through its search engine (while at the same time suppressing pirated content) already show signs of winning it more friends and can only help to steer things in the right direction.

Most intriguing of the steps Google outlined in a blog post on Thursday was an offer to give “authorised preview content” more prominence in its search results. Read more

Joseph Menn

Japan’s antitrust authorities have cleared Yahoo Japan’s plan to rely on Google for algorithmic search results, rejecting complaints from Microsoft and others that the combined service would field as much as 90 per cent of the nation’s search queries.

Japan Fair Trade Commission officials told wire services that they would not block the deal announced in July but would continue to monitor it for any harm to the market. Read more