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by George Heymann

Battlefield 3 sells 5 million units in first week, becoming fastest-selling game in EA’s history

by Maria Santiago

Technology Market

Electronic Arts has announced that based on internal estimates, Battlefield 3 has sold through 5 million units in the first week globally, making it the fastest-selling game in EA’s history. The outstanding retail performance is driven by critic’s reviews averaging above 85 on console and above 90 on PC.

Word-of-mouth from gamers is also driving sales — Battlefield 3 now has more than 2.5 million “likes” on Facebook.

Following the tradition of all games in this storied franchise; Battlefield 3 includes a superior multi-player experience. Consumers have logged-on in unprecedented numbers to team up and join the battle. Server stability was solid in the first weekend, delivering EA’s highest-ever usage rates.

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Lionsgate to bring Dead Island to life on the big screen

by Maria Santiago

Technology Market

Lionsgate, a leading global entertainment company, has optioned film rights from Deep Silver to develop a feature inspired by Dead Island, which became a viral media sensation when its haunting, artful trailer launched in February 2011 (see below). The announcement was made today by Lionsgate’s co-COO and Motion Picture Group President Joe Drake.

Dead Island is a global brand first introduced through a teaser trailer that told the story of a family on vacation at a tropical resort who is besieged by zombies.

Told in a stark, non-linear fashion, the wrenching trailer captured worldwide fan attention and unanimous critical praise upon its debut, receiving over one million hits in its first 24 hours online, and nearly 10 million views by two days after its debut.

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Latest comScore reports key trends in US mobile subscriber market share

by Maria Santiago  

Technology Market

comScore, a leader in measuring the digital world, today released data from the comScore MobiLens service, reporting key trends in the US mobile phone industry during the three month average period ending May 2011.

The study surveyed more than 30,000 US mobile subscribers and found Samsung to be the top handset manufacturer overall with 24.8 percent market shareGoogle Android led among smartphone platforms with 38.1 percent market share.

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Conflicting demands ‘create huge opportunities for automotive technology providers’

By Maria Santiago

Technology Market

Application of new technology in vehicles has become a critical success factor for automakers

As state and local governments are enacting distracted-driver laws, consumers are increasingly looking for technology solutions to legally and safely make calls, get directions or check email while driving, according to the JD Power and Associates 2011 US Automotive Emerging Technologies Study.

The study measures consumer interest and purchase intent for emerging automotive technologies, both before and after market price is revealed.

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Experts to help encourage mobile banking in developing economies

by Maria Santiago

Technology Market

Mobile phone ownership is commonplace all over the world. A ubiquitous symbol of modernity, these communication devices are now a platform for providing financial services to underserved populations.

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