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Sony puts Apple in its crosshairs

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(Read caption) The Sony PSP Go. According to the Wall Street Journal, Sony will soon offer a tablet device intended to rival the forthcoming Apple iPad.

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Poor Apple.

Build a top-selling smart phone and a wildly popular marketplace for music and applications, and what do you get? Only a big target on your back. According to the Wall Street Journal, the latest challenge to Apple will come from Sony, which plans to market an iPad-like device, a new smart phone – a kind of "PSP phone" – and an expanded version of its Sony Online Service.

The timing is propitious. Sony CEO Howard Stringer has presided over a grim period in the company's history – Sony recently announced plans to shutter 10 manufacturing plants and lay off 8,000 workers. Meanwhile, sales of the new PSP Go – a sleek, stripped-down version of Sony's popular PSP video game system – have sagged.


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