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by George Heymann

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 sets all-time record for the biggest entertainment launch with more than $400 million in North America and UK sales alone

by Abdul Montaqim

Technology Market

Shattering its own day-one sales records, Activision Publishing, a wholly owned subsidiary of Activision Blizzard, announced that its highly-anticipated Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 has become the biggest entertainment launch ever with an estimated sell-through of more than $400 million and more than 6.5 million units in North America and the United Kingdoalone in the first 24 hours of its release, according to Chart track and retail customer sell-through information.

This marks the third consecutive year that the Call of Duty franchise has set day one launch records across all forms of entertainment, something no other entertainment franchise in any medium has ever accomplished. Last year, in North America and the United Kingdom, Activision’s Call of Duty: Black Ops had estimated day-one sell-through of $360 million and in 2009, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, set day-one records with estimated sell through of $310 million, according to Chart track and retail customer sell-through information.

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Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, 2011’s most anticipated game, available now

A. Montaqim

Technology Market

After a year of anticipation, after the breakout success of the first-ever Call of Duty XP live fan event, and after pre-order numbers that toppled even those of 2010′s mega-seller Call of Duty: Black Ops, the ultimate shot has at last been fired.

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 is now available at retail worldwide. Also launched alongside MW3, was the revolutionary new social gaming network Call of Duty Elite, conceived expressly to help Call of Duty’s 30 million devoted fans Play Together Better.

Activision’s Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 kicked off its worldwide invasion at midnight as gamers crashed launch parties at over 13,000 retailers from Sydney to London to New York City, intent on being among the first to pull the trigger on the title dubbed “the most anticipated video game in history” by GameStop’s Senior Vice President of Merchandising, Bob McKenzie.

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Iomega completes new line of hard drives for the Mac with launch of Iomega eGo Mac Edition portable hard drive

by A. Montaqim

Technology Market

Iomega, an EMC company and a global leader in data protection, has announced the completion of its new Mac-oriented hard drive line with the launch of the new Iomega eGo Mac Edition Portable Hard Drive, an on-the-go stylish drive with plenty of storage that can withstand drops and still travel easily in a pocketbook or briefcase.

Combined with the recent launches of the Iomega Helium Portable Hard Drive and the Iomega Mac Companion Hard Drive, Iomega now has a complete new line of portable and desktop hard drives for Mac users. All three new drives are formatted HFS+ for compatibility with Mac computers right out of the box, making them perfect complements to today’s Apple notebooks and desktops.

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Nook tablet to be sold through TigerDirect and CompUSA

by John Roberts

Technology Market

Barnes & Noble, the world’s largest bookseller, in collaboration with TigerDirect and CompUSA, has announced that they will be bringing the company’s award-winning line of Nook eReading devices and related accessories to retail stores nationwide including TigerDirect and CompUSA, and online at TigerDirect.com and CompUSA.com, beginning in December. Customers will now have access to a wide array of popular and innovative Nook devices designed for readers of all ages.

Nook devices are the perfect choice for anyone who wants access to their favorite reads anywhere they go. Customers seeking a simple, easy-to-use, dedicated reading experience will love the Nook Simple Touch Reader, an ultra-light, portable 6-inch eReader with the most-advanced E Ink Pearl display and the longest battery life of any eReader. With a simple tap, it’s intuitive and easy to navigate, shop and read.

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DC Universe Online now free-to-play

By Mai Tao

Technology-Market

Sony Online Entertainment (SOE) has announced that players can now download and play its popular massively multiplayer online (MMO) action game DC Universe Online (DCUO) for free. Starting today, all PC and PlayStation 3 computer entertainment system players can create their own legendary superhero – or villain – and join forces with their favorite DC Comics characters, including Superman, Batman and the Joker to either save – or destroy – the planet.

“We are confident that going free-to-play will expand the action combat experience of DC Universe Online by making the game more accessible to every type of player so they can choose to play the game their way,” said John Smedley, President, Sony Online Entertainment. “With a portfolio that includes three successful free-to-play games – EverQuest II: Extended, Free Realms and Star Wars: Clone Wars Adventures – we have extensive knowledge and experience to apply to DCUO and are thrilled to be taking the game free-to-play today.”

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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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HP to keep PC division

by John Roberts

Technology Market

HP has announced that it has completed its evaluation of strategic alternatives for its PC division, Personal Systems Group (PSG), and has decided the unit will remain part of the company.

“HP objectively evaluated the strategic, financial and operational impact of spinning off PSG. It’s clear after our analysis that keeping PSG within HP is right for customers and partners, right for shareholders, and right for employees,” said Meg Whitman, HP president and chief executive officer. “HP is committed to PSG, and together we are stronger.”

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Sony to acquire all of Sony Ericsson

by Mai Tao

Technology Market

Sony and Ericsson have announced that Sony will acquire Ericsson’s 50 percent stake in Sony Ericsson, making the mobile handset business a wholly-owned subsidiary of Sony.

The transaction gives Sony an opportunity to rapidly integrate smartphones into its broad array of network-connected consumer electronics devices – including tablets, televisions and personal computers – for the benefit of consumers and the growth of its business.

The transaction also provides Sony with a broad intellectual property (IP) cross-licensing agreement covering all products and services of Sony as well as ownership of five essential patent families relating to wireless handset technology.

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Social virtual goods revenues generated via mobile devices to reach $3b in 2011 rising to $4.6 billion in 2016

by Anna Schmidt

Technology Market

A new report from Juniper Research finds that soaring usage of social gaming – driven largely by the sharp rise in smartphone adoption – will push the global market for virtual goods bought from mobile social media services from $3 billion this year to $4.6 billion by 2016.

The report found that sales of virtual goods via mobile social media services are flourishing in Japan and China; as social gaming familiarizes consumers with virtual goods, this trend will quickly become global. Increasing tablet usage is also expected to provide further momentum as these devices offer a significantly better user experience for social gaming than smartphones.

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Electronic newspaper sales to tablets, eReaders and smartphones to hit $1.1 billion by 2016

by Anna Schmidt

Technology Market

A new report from Juniper Research has found that annual revenues derived from eNewspapers delivered to portable devices will exceed $1.1 billion by 2016 with publishers increasingly delivering via subscription-based applications to counteract falling print sales.

The report noted the surge in iPad adoption led a number of newspaper publishers to move beyond standalone smartphone apps towards integrated digital strategies. Companies such as News International have begun offering a single subscription price enabling access to The Times across all digital platforms.

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