"...and sales of new video-game cartridges haven't fared much better." You're showing your age there Timothy.
Microsoft is already proposing a strategic merge.Scientists working to build a life form from scratch have applied to patent the broad method they plan to use to create their "synthetic organism". The J Craig Venter Institute's US patent application claims exclusive ownership of a set of essential genes and a synthetic "free-living organism that can grow and replicate" made using those genes.
Well, I for one welcome our new invisible overlords? "Ba-dum-tish...""A new study into the biophysical properties of a highly reflective and self-organizing squid protein called reflectin will inform researchers about the process of "bottom-up" synthesis of nanoscale structures and could lead to the development of thin-film coatings for small-scale materials, bringing materials scientists one step closer to the development of an "invisibility cloak." The reflectin protein comes from the Hawaiian Bobtail squid, Euprymna scolopes, which is native to the Central Pacific ocean. [...]
Stinginess with privileges is kindness in disguise. -- Guide to VAX/VMS Security, Sep. 1984