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Wal-Mart-Purchased Music Will Cease to Play on October 9

Walmart began selling DRM-free tracks in its music store in August of last year. 13 months later, the mega-corp has decided to follow the footsteps of so many others and hit the kill switch on its DRM management servers. As noted in an e-mail to customers, Wally World will be making the final transition into a fully DRM-free MP3 store on October 9th, and in order to keep those DRM-laden files...

Big Retailers Making Push for "E-Fencing" Legislation

Chances are you've seen some good deals online; some really, really good deals. Sometimes they're due to closeouts of the last year's hot gadget; other times they're simply a barely used good that didn't suit the needs of its purchaser. However, sometimes that good deal really was too good to be true and was a stolen item. Nobody wants those goods appearing online, and big retailers are pushing...

Wal-Mart Throws in $100 Gift Card with Blu-ray Player Purchase

Given that $100 at Wal-mart is essentially as good as cash, we can only imagine how titillating this offer may seem for Blu-ray holdouts. Announced today, the mega-retailer will be offering a $100 gift card with the purchase of any Blu-ray player from June 8th through 14th -- and yes, Sony's PlayStation 3 is included. IIn case this wasn't enough to maybe-possibly get the general public to...

Wal-Mart Fined $1 Million for Improperly Selling Non-Digital TVs

It's a digital age, that's for sure, and in February of next year, one of the last bastions of analog, over-the-air television, will go entirely to 1s and 0s. If you have an old TV still kicking around, you can get a converter box, but according to FCC rules, retailers are no longer allowed to sell new, non-digital televisions without some rather prominent warnings. Faced with stockrooms full...

For Sale: Videos of Wal-Mart Execs In Drag

Wal-Mart is not happy. Flagler Productions Inc., a production company hired by Wal-Mart in the 1970s to film company events, has begun selling the videos to, well, whoever wants them. The videos, of which there are thousands, contain everything from company executives dressing in drag to, let's say, less than pleasant rants on the merits of organized labor. The videos are of particular...

Wal-Mart's "Green" $199 PC Gets De-Shelved

Last year Wal-Mart tried a little "experiment," selling a low-spec desktop computer for the bargain basement price of just $199. The company thought the price would be enough for customers to overlook the dearth of features and performance, and it apparently was enough for the 600-store allotment made to stores to sell out. However, despite this modest success, the company has decided to stop...

Wal-Mart Quietly Launches Buyer Blog

Corporate buyers are the generally unknown people who have a huge impact on what you buy. They're the ones who decide which products wind up on store shelves and which ones find themselves sold at heavy discount on woot.com. Buyers don't tend to talk too much about what they think about the products they purchase, at least not in public, and, as a company, Wal-Mart would prefer to give...

Wal-Mart Sides With Blu-ray

It's been a rough week for HD-DVD, Toshiba's high-definition video format, and things are starting to look even worse. Sony Corporation's Blu-ray format, supported by heavyweights 20th Century Fox, Sony, and Walt-Disney, won important allies this week: Best Buy announced it would start recommending Blu-ray over HD-DVD to its customers, Netflix completely dropped HD-DVD in favor of Blu-ray, and...

Wal-Mart Tells Music Labels to Offer DRM-Free Music 'Or Else'

DRM is hated by those who legitimately purchase music, and now Wal-Mart is jumping on the bandwagon. They have asked record labels that sell music through its online store to ditch the stuff. An abbreviation for Digital Rights Management, DRM is software created to restrict what you can do with music and movie downloads. It's the stuff that keeps you from copying music and movies from one computer...

Best Buy's $200 Black Friday PC and Other Cheap Computers

Shopping on Black Friday requires a certain amount of masochism -- struggling through the crowds, punching mothers in front of their children to get that cheap plasma TV -- it's dangerous business. If you decide to brave the battlefield at Best Buy this year, you'll be rewarded with an opportunity to grab an eMachines PC with a 17 inch LCD monitor for the super low price of $200. Don't expect...

Wal-Mart Gets $200 "Green" PC

Of all the retailers out there, Wal-Mart probably wouldn't rate high on environmentalists' lists of green retailers. But,that's where you're going to have to go if you want to get your hands on a new self-titled "green" PC that will cost just $199. The Everex TC2502 gPC is a low-powered and limited-spec desktop computer that runs a version of Linux called Ubuntu rather than the much more...

HD-DVD Players Drop to $100, For One Day

No that photo is not doctored. The Toshiba HD-A2 that we reported just a few short days ago had dropped to $200 is being marked down even further at select Wal-Mart stores. Check here to see if the sale is coming to a store near you. The sale is this Friday (tomorrow) only. Price-wise, Blu-ray's back is against the wall at this point. The fight for HD supremacy is far from over, but with the...

Beyonce's 'B Phone' for Sprint

America loves Beyonce. This is a stone-cold fact -- a bewildering fact, but a fact nonetheless. And Sprint's faith in the country's love for Beyonce and anything associated with the R&B singer and Dreamgirls star became evident last week when the 'B Phone' by Samsung was unveiled. Available November 4th at a Sprint store or a Wal-Mart near you, this special edition Upstage phone features a...

Ex-Ramone Sues Apple and Wal-Mart

Richard Reinhardt, or, as he's more commonly known, Richie Ramone, is suing just about every company under the sun that offers digital music downloads, including Apple, Real Networks, and Wal-Mart. The former drummer of the seminal 1970s-1980s punk band The Ramones is even going after the estate of Johnny Ramone, the band's late lead guitarist. What's Reinhardt's beef? According to reports,...

Wal-Mart Trashed on Facebook

We credit Wal-Mart for trying to be relevant -- the mega-retailer recently set up a Facebook page and group to help college students design the ultimate dorm room -- but we don't give it too much credit in the foresight department. Unsurprisingly, the retailer's foray into the world of Facebook has invited a flurry of negative comments from students, killing off any positive advertising the...