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Sep 18, 2013

Take Two’s GTA V starts strong with $800 million in first-day sales

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Take-Two Interactive Software Inc racked up a better-than-expected $800 million (496 million pounds) in first-day retail sales of “Grand Theft Auto V,” the fifth instalment of the lucrative franchise, which went on sale around the world on Tuesday.

The sales figure marked a first-day record for the Grand Theft Auto series in which players freely roam, mainly via automobiles, in a game world based on real-life locations such as Los Angeles.

Sep 18, 2013

Take Two’s GTA V posts $800 million in first-day sales

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Take-Two Interactive Software Inc racked up $800 million in first-day retail sales of Grand Theft Auto V, the fifth installment of the lucrative franchise that went on sale around the world on Tuesday.

The sales figure marked a first-day record for the Grand Theft Auto series in which players freely roam, mainly via automobiles, in a make-believe gameworld based on real-life locations such as Los Angeles.

Sep 18, 2013

EA’s fast-rising sports games chief Wilson named as CEO

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Electronic Arts Inc named its sports and digital games division head Andrew Wilson as chief executive on Tuesday, appointing the 39-year-old with a strong track record in leading game development after a six-month search.

Wilson, who hails from Australia, joined Electronic Arts in 2000, climbing rapidly through the ranks in Asia and the United States.

Sep 13, 2013

Factbox – Twitter FAQ: Behind the IPO-bound social media phenom

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Without making financial details public, Twitter filed with regulators this week for an IPO, a deal that would be the most keenly anticipated Silicon Valley debut since Facebook Inc’s in 2012.

Keeping the wraps on the deal means investors for now gain little insight into a corporation that grew in seven years from a notoriously unreliable novelty into one of the world’s most influential media, communications and advertising services.

Sep 13, 2013

Twitter FAQ: Behind the IPO-bound social media phenom

SAN FRANCISCO, Sept 13 (Reuters) – Without making financial
details public, Twitter filed with regulators this week for an
IPO, a deal that would be the most keenly anticipated Silicon
Valley debut since Facebook Inc’s in 2012.

Keeping the wraps on the deal means investors for now gain
little insight into a corporation that grew in seven years from
a notoriously unreliable novelty into one of the world’s most
influential media, communications and advertising services.

Sep 12, 2013

Insight: Trigger Finger – Apple fires biometrics into the mainstream

SINGAPORE/SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – By adding a fingerprint scanner to its newest mobile phone, Apple Inc is offering a tantalizing glimpse of a future where your favorite gadget might become a biometric pass to the workplace, mobile commerce or real-world shopping and events.

Although Apple’s executives said at Tuesday’s launch that its Touch ID technology embedded into the iPhone 5S’ home button would only provide fingerprint access to the phone and its own online stores, analysts said Apple’s embrace of such technology, called biometrics, would be key to wider adoption.

Sep 12, 2013

Trigger Finger: Apple fires biometrics into the mainstream

SINGAPORE/SAN FRANCISCO, Sept 12 (Reuters) – By adding a
fingerprint scanner to its newest mobile phone, Apple Inc
is offering a tantalising glimpse of a future where
your favourite gadget might become a biometric pass to the
workplace, mobile commerce or real-world shopping and events.

Although Apple’s executives said at Tuesday’s launch that
its Touch ID technology embedded into the iPhone 5S’ home button
would only provide fingerprint access to the phone and its own
online stores, analysts said Apple’s embrace of such technology,
called biometrics, would be key to wider adoption.

Sep 11, 2013

Apple’s two new iPhones target high and low-end markets

CUPERTINO, California (Reuters) – Apple Inc unveiled on Tuesday an iPhone with a fingerprint scanner to help it stand out among the smartest of phones and a cheaper, colorful plastic model for emerging markets that proved pricier than expected.

The entry-level “iPhone 5C” comes in five hues – blue, green, pink, yellow and white – and starts in the United States at $99 with a contract, or $549 without, signaling prices that may disappoint those hoping for an aggressive assault on China and India. Apple has been losing ground to Samsung and Huawei in those countries.

Sep 4, 2013

Disney’s ‘Infinity’ video game sees brisk retail sales

SAN FRANCISCO, Sept 4 (Reuters) – Walt Disney Co’s
recently launched video game “Infinity” is selling strongly and
major retailers report they are replenishing stock to meet
demand, an encouraging start for the media giant’s plans to turn
around its loss-making game division.

GameStop, Toys”R”Us and Wal-Mart Stores said
they are restocking to stay ahead of demand for the game, which
was released on Aug. 18.

Sep 4, 2013

Microsoft says most Xbox One pre-order supply sold out

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Retail stores in many markets have run out of Microsoft Corp’s Xbox One consoles available for pre-orders, a senior company executive said, ahead of a major clash with Sony Corp’s new lower-priced Playstation 4 this November.

Microsoft’s first new gaming console in eight years will go on sale November 22 in 13 countries, Yusuf Mehdi, vice president of marketing, strategy and business for the Xbox, said in an interview.