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Nintendo 3DS Gamers Enjoy Netflix Streaming

Nintendo 3DS owners will soon be able to enjoy the benefits of Netflix streaming on their portable gaming devices with a free app. With The 3DS’ 3D capabilities, Netflix offers the golden ticket to watching 3D content ‘on demand’.

Of course, you are limited to a somewhat small screen, but you’ll have an entertainment portal wherever you go. Getting tired of trying to beat the same boss level 5 times? Why not unwind with an awesome 3D movie to get your mind off it?

Hulu Plus Comes To Android!

If you are Android fan, but have been bummed out lately due to the lack of video content (A.K.A Hulu Plus), you’ll be glad to hear this. Hulu Plus is now available on six Android devices (to start) and will hopefully expand to all Android devices in the future.

The supported devices include the Nexus One, Nexus S, HTC Inspire 4G, Motorola Droid II, Motorola Droid X, and the Motorola Atrix. Since I do not subscribe to the the $8 monthly service, I cannot tell you whether it will work on other Android devices, such as my HTC G2.

Best Buy Prepares To Launch Cloud Music Service

Best Buy is getting ready to officially launch its own Music Cloud service, which aims to compete against Amazon’s Cloud Player, Google Music, and Apple’s iCloud. With the new music service, users can stream their favorite tunes to multiple devices.

Music can be streamed to desktop computers, phones, tablets, you name it. Users can also save songs locally to devices for offline play which is expected to be a popular feature with high data prices from select carriers *cough* AT&T *cough*.

Mass Effect 3: Full Trailer And Gameplay Revealed

It looks like Mass Effect 3 will arrive in the month of March 2012, despite the original Holiday 2011 release schedule. The update comes from Casey Hudson, the project lead for Mass Effect 3. BioWare’s CEO Ray Muzyka said that Mass Effect 3 will take full advantage of Microsoft’s Kinect controller, and even said that players will be able to give voice commands directly to squad members (using their own voice.)

Former Google CEO Teams Up W/ Lady Gaga For Social Startup

Right when you thought you saw it all, you read this headline. A new social startup called Backplane has raised over $1 million in venture funding, and is run my former Google CEO, Eric Schmidt. Interestingly enough, Lady Gaga invested in the startup and owns 20% of Backplane.

The social startup will launch soon and is designed to build communities around musicians and sports teams. The service also integrates updates from Facebook and Twitter, keeping close tabs on social. With Schmidt recently announcing that he regrets not giving Google more of a social presence, this might be a project that the former CEO hopes will bring him back to the likes of Google, perhaps to obtain his former position?

Pandora Sets IPO Terms, Expect $8 Per Share

The online radio company, Pandora Media Inc. has filed terms for $109.5 million IPO on Thursday. The owners of Pandora will sell 13.68 million shares at $7 to $9 a piece ($8 average), according to an amended filing with S.E.C. (Securities and Exchange Commission).

Pandora was launched in 2005, and was the first online radio service that used a special algorithm based on the Music Genome Project (a database built by teams of music experts that analyzes songs) to select a playlist for users based on preferred and disliked songs.

40% Of All Xbox360 Activity Is Non-Gaming

According to Microsoft’s blog, about 40% of all Xbox 360 activity is non-gaming. So what are people using their Xbox machines for? Video streaming. Whether it’s the Netflix application, ESPN streaming, or Hulu, people get the majority of their Xbox360 fix through non-gaming activities.

While Microsoft seems to think this is cool, I wonder what these statistics say about the game console? Is it that modern Xbox games are boring or are they just too expensive for consumer needs right now?

Meet Microsoft’s Surface, Shipping This Fall

We covered a multimedia table from Pioneer just a week ago, and it looks like Microsoft and Samsung were working on a multimedia table of their own.

I have to say, this one is WAY more stylish and is something I would actually want in my home. Microsoft has just demonstrated its new Samsung SUR40 (Microsoft Surface) today in Singapore and announced that it will begin shipping to the Singapore market for around $8,600.

Startup Plizy Does Your Thinking For You

According to TechCrunch, Plizy is a new startup that is seeking to bring personalized video content to the iPad and recently announced a $1.2M angel funding round from investors. Plizy’s new service will let users discover, share, and watch online video based on a personal social graph, history, and interests. Some competitors awaiting Plizy at the dinner table include ShowYou and Pandora.

RIAA Vs. Limewire, It’s Payback Time

The popular peer-2-peer file sharing service, Limewire, was shut down last year. Now, a court battle continues arguing how much money the service owes to record labels that first sued in 2006. The judge overlooking the case has already made two rulings this week that “strongly favors” the record labels.

The most recent order will allow the RIAA (Recording Industry Association of America) to get paid twice for more than one hundred songs. The labels have already received small settlements from individual downloaders but with the new ruling, they can get more damages from Limewire for the same music. In 2003, the RIAA sued tens of thousands of individuals who used Limewire to download music. Of course these weren’t your moderate downloaders, these were people who were…