Google is beginning to give book publishers the idea it wants to battle Amazon's Kindle in the nascent e-book market. Publishers might be happy about the competition. Google has said publishers will be able to set their own consumer prices if it develops an e-reader, which is not the case with the Kindle.
The delayed release of "Grand Theft Auto IV" could help drive holiday profits for both Activision and Electronic Arts, both of which have new releases scheduled for the market. "I expect Activision will benefit significantly this holiday [and] shares could climb higher," said Janco Partners analyst Mike Hickey.
A number of analysts are voicing their criticism of the ongoing marketing war between HD DVD and Blu-ray technologies. Because both technologies are still emerging and have yet to catch on with most consumers, many industry insiders are calling the current war of words unnecessary.