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ReadWriteWeb DeathWatch: Point-and-Shoot Cameras

ReadWriteWeb DeathWatch: Point-and-Shoot Cameras

Point-and-shoot cameras have been a hit with consumers for more than a century, and they keep getting better. But it doesn’t matter, they’re doomed anyway. Even awesome image quality and all the features in the world can’t save them from the mighty smartphone.

ReadWriteWeb DeathWatch: Video Game Consoles

ReadWriteWeb DeathWatch: Video Game Consoles

Modern game consoles are much more powerful than yesterday’s Pong-pads, but their setup and business model remain virtually identical to the Ataris and Colecovisions of yore. But all of that’s about to change – this coming generation of game consoles will be the last to resemble anything you remember.

ReadWriteWeb DeathWatch: Blu-ray

ReadWriteWeb DeathWatch: Blu-ray

Everyone knows optical storage discs are on their way out in the long run, but ironically, the the biggest, newest format of them all could become extinct before the rest. Here’s why Blu-ray might join VHS in the dustbin long before DVDs or CDs give up the ghost.

TechCrunch Disrupt: Where Are They Now?

TechCrunch Disrupt: Where Are They Now?

With TechCrunch Disrupt SF 2012 in full swing this week, it’s only a matter of days before a new winner is crowned. We decided to check in with previous Disrupt winners to see how they’ve fared since their victories – and try to determine how it means to ace a high-profile startup contest.

ReadWriteWeb Technology DeathWatch: QR Codes

ReadWriteWeb Technology DeathWatch: QR Codes

The ReadWriteWeb DeathWatch has tagged 13 companies against the ropes. But this week we’re trying something new, taking a close look at technologies on their way out. First up, the QR Code, a concept that was always more flash than bang.

ReadWriteWeb DeathWatch: Zynga

ReadWriteWeb DeathWatch: Zynga

Zynga’s Mafia Wars, Farmville and Bubble Safari are enormously popular pastimes that helped define social/casual gaming. But faced with a changing market and an unpopular leader, can Zynga innovate its way out of the hole it keeps digging for itself?

Julian Assange: The Movie

Julian Assange: The Movie

Sooner or later, the Julian Assange/WikiLeaks story will be a major motion picture. It has all of the elements of an edge-of-your-seat thriller: a charismatic leader (with great hair) going up against government corruption, a precipitous fall from grace, a seedy sex angle, and a dramatic last stand. We’ve assembled a rough cut out of scenes from…

ReadWriteWeb DeathWatch: Motorola Mobility

ReadWriteWeb DeathWatch: Motorola Mobility

When Motorola Mobility was plummeting to its doom in 2011, Google rode to the rescue. Now, with massive layoffs and a proposed sale of critical assets, the knight in shining armor seems hellbent on tearing its acquisition to pieces as part of its restructuring process. Is Motorola nothing more a legal hedge for the search giant, or is there a way…

How to Crowdsource Without Being a Jerk – Or an Idiot

How to Crowdsource Without Being a Jerk – Or an Idiot

In the six years since Jeff Howe coined the term ‘crowdsourcing’ in Wired Magazine, the phenomenon has grown into several distinct, maturing industries that give businesses and workers almost limitless flexibility. But crowdsourcing also significantly changes the relationships betweeen employers and workers – and not necessarily for the…

ReadWriteWeb DeathWatch: Best Buy

ReadWriteWeb DeathWatch: Best Buy

While Apple Store employees are all getting raises, Best Buy workers are getting pink slips. Is it all over for the last of the big box electronics mega-chains, or will a last-minute offer from its billionaire founder help Best Buy reinvent itself?

CourtVille: The Zynga Lawsuit Made Simple

CourtVille: The Zynga Lawsuit Made Simple

In June, the disruptive, addictive, social gaming juggernaut Zynga vowed to transform the way games are built and consumed. By July 31, after a precipitous stock tumble, Zynga CEO Mark Pincus and other leaders are facing a class-action lawsuit for insider trading from angry investors who saw their fortunes evaporate while executives cashed out…

ReadWriteWeb DeathWatch: Electronic Arts

ReadWriteWeb DeathWatch: Electronic Arts

The game publisher that brought the world Madden NFL, The Sims and Battlefield has shed nearly 60% of its value in the last year, and its stock is down more than 80% from its all-time high. Why are investors so sour? Because despite being one of the world’s largest game publishers, EA still doesn’t seem to understand its customers or business.

ReadWriteWeb DeathWatch: Netflix

ReadWriteWeb DeathWatch: Netflix

Unlimited streaming made Netflix the Blockbuster-buster, but the company’s value has dropped 75% in the past year after its price hike/Qwikster fiasco. Can original content and overseas expansion reverse the slide?

ReadWriteWeb DeathWatch: T-Mobile USA

ReadWriteWeb DeathWatch: T-Mobile USA

The dresses in the commercials may be magenta, but the ink on the balance sheets is red. T-Mobile USA continues to slip behind its rivals. Can the rebel mobile carrier find a new CEO to bring it back to prominence before Deutsche Telekom hangs up?