Buzz Bytes: Microsoft, Disney, News Corp, and Yahoo!

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Halos on
Microsoft's (Nasdaq: MSFT  ) Halo 3 unleashed itself upon gamers and investors on Tuesday. (You can watch our own analyst Seth Jayson talk video games while playing Halo 3 here in Fooldom.) With about $170 million in total domestic sales in the first 24 hours, Halo 3 has delighted alien slayers (although if you picked up the Limited Edition disc, check for scratches). Since the Nintendo Wii hit the console market, it has been consistently outpacing both Sony (NYSE: SNE  ) PS3 and Xbox 360 in the U.S. Halo is Microsoft's short-term answer to win some gamers back.

ABC's Icon
Disney's (NYSE: DIS  ) ABC broadcast station will debut its Start Here campaign this fall. Viewers will be treated to various icons that lead them to related media. For example, if you're watching Desperate Housewives, you might see icons that inform you of the latest season on DVD for sale. Or another icon might alert you to buy Bree's Unmasking the Psychopathbook. Whatever your needs may be, ABC wants to fully immerse you in their related products.

MySpace dials new friends
If you wander away from the computer only to suffer from the lack of surfing MySpace, News Corp. (NYSE: NWS  ) has the answer. News Corp is launching free mobile versions of its most popular Internet sites, including MySpace, Rotten Tomatoes, IGN.com, and FoxSports.com. So add friends, look up cheat codes, and check scores even without the comforts of your computer.

Yahoo! Podcasts bids farewell
Yahoo! (Nasdaq: YHOO  ) Podcasts, which never made it out of beta, will shut its doors at the end of next month. Although a reason hasn't been given as to why the podcast search engine is closing, it's likely part of Yahoo!'s diet to slim down; the same verdict was issued over the past few months for the likes of Yahoo! Auctions and Yahoo! Photos.


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