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Signs point to PlayStation 4 at E3Sony's vice president of home entertainment hints that an announcement about the next-generation console will be made at or before E3 in June.
KARYNE: Hey, Im Karyne Levy EMILY: And I'm Emily Dreyfuss. KARYNE: Welcome to Rumor Has It! The show where we round up the week's biggest tech rumors. EMILY: And vote on what sounds legit, and what seems like it'll never ever happen. KARYNE: And remember: you can vote on all the rumors! Keep your eye out for the poll in the interactive player, if you're watching on CNET. EMILY: The Chinese newspaper Commercial Times is reporting that a bigger iPhone is coming, a 4.8-inch iPhone, possibly code-named iPhone Math. KARYNE: And thats where the rumor breaks down. EMILY: In fact, the entire report is so sketchy that DigiTimes retracted their article on it. When something is too unreliable for DigiTimes you know its bad. KARYNE: But it was fun while it lasted. And the idea that Apple will make a bigger iPhone to compete with the Galaxy S3, and Note, and upcoming Galaxy S4, and all the huge phones that people have gotten used to, makes sense. EMILY: It really does, and it doesnt seem unreasonable that theyd do it, considering they did come out with the iPad Mini, so Apple has proven their willingness to adjust size to meet demand. KARYNE: But our producer has demands of her own. EMILY: And these are them: A fucking smaller phone that she can fit in her fucking pocket. KARYNE: Next up, rumors are heating up that YouTube wants a stake in music video site, Vevo. YouTube was supposedly courting Vevo last May and is now reportedly ready to make an investment according to AllThingsDigital, citing "people familiar with the deal." If it happens, it'll be the second time in a year that Google has invested directly in a video company that relies on YouTube for distribution. EMILY: All I want to know about this rumor is: will it affect my ability to watch Beyonce lip-syncing the national anthem? KARYNE: No. EMILY: Now lets check in on the rumors that Dell is hoping to become a private company again. The latest report is that microsoft may invest up to 3 billion in a Dell buyout, according to CNBC reporter David Faber who says he has sources familiar with the matter. KARYNE: There have been reports that Steve Ballmer and Michael Dell, the Dell CEO, have been BFFs lately. EMILY: And it makes sense for a major software company to want to have a stake in a manufacturing company that is integral to getting its software out in the world. KARYNE: If true, it seems like a desperate move by Microsoft to save Dell in order to keep the PC alive. just. a. little. longer. EMILY: And 3 billion dollars is kind of a drop in the bucket for Microsoft. So keep your eye on this rumor, folks. The stock market sure is. KARYNE: And now for my favorite kind of rumor of all: The PlayStation 4 might be announced in a few months, hints Sony's vice president of home entertainment, Hiroshi Sakamoto. In an interview with a Chilean Web site, Sakamoto said "That's still a big secret, but our friends are preparing Sony PlayStation. I can only say that we are focused on the E3 gaming event, scheduled for June. [An] announcement may be [made] in that minute or even earlier in May." EMILY: Patrick Seybold, senior director of corporate communications for Sony Computer Entertainment, told CNET last year that Sony's products have double the lifespan of most consoles -- about 10 years -- as long as they remain commercially viable. KARYNE: And the PS3 is still commercially viable -- but maybe Sony is feeling some of the heat from recent Xbox 720 rumors? Also, its worth noting that even if the PS4 is announced in the spring, it might not be released until 2014. The PS3 was announced at E3 in 2005, but wasnt released until 2006. Hearing all this makes me think its coming out in 2014. EMILY: I agree Ive always thought the PS4 was coming out in 2014, and this doesnt preclude that. EMILY: What do you guys think? Think itll come out this year, next year, or even further in the future? Vote in our poll while we check in with the CNET council. EMILY: And the CNET Councils verdict is...a nearly unanimous YES, they believe the PS4 will be announced at E3. Except for one pesky pessimist who said, no? An anonymous editor gave us a more nuanced take, saying "My guess is it will be announced but not detailed or priced. A 'we have one but won't release one' kind of thing. Like Wii U a couple of years ago. In contrast to that, my guess is the next Xbox will have firmer details and dates." KARYNE: Hard to argue with that. Thats our show everyone, share your rumors at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at 1-800-750-CNET. And tweet us!