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Japan Is The Most Potentially Lucrative Market For Gaming Apps, Says Distimo

Mobile analytics firm Distimo just released a new report showing how the most successful apps monetize around the world. According to it, the five most potentially lucrative markets for gaming apps are Japan, Australia, South Korea, the United Kingdom, and the United States, in that order. In …

PlayStation 4 beats out Xbox One as the best-selling console

In the battle for the best-selling console, Sony's<p>PlayStation 4has come out on top -- beating Microsoft'sXbox One-- for the month of January.<p>Research firm The NPD Group released new data on Thursday showing that hardware sales were up 17 percent to $241 million in January compared to the same time …

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Japan’s Rakuten shells out $900M to make Viber its “consumer engagement platform”

Recent reports of messaging firm Viber’s acquisition were correct – except for the price and the buyer. It’s not an Asian messaging firm that has …

Zynga seals $527 million mobile game deal, axes jobs in revival drive | Reuters

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Zynga Inc will shed 15 percent of its workforce to slash costs and buy mobile game developer NaturalMotion for $527 million to refresh a stalled games pipeline, moves that sent its stock soaring 20 percent in after-hours trading.<p>Player avatars from Zynga's FarmVille 2 are …

Video game sales grow a measly 1 percent in 2013

The US video game market appears to be stuck in a holding pattern. While there weren't any significant declines in consumer spending in 2013, there wasn't any noteworthy growth either.<p>New research published Tuesday by The NPD Group shows that users in the US spent $15.39 billion on video games -- …

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Mobile Game Portal Joyme Gets $21.5 Million Series B Funding

Joyme.com, a Beijing-based mobile game portal operator, reportedly received 130 million yuan ($21.5 million) of Series B funding from Fosun Group’s …

Microsoft 'Not Aware' Of Individual YouTube Contracts Promoting Xbox One Games

Recently Microsoft and YouTube channel Machinima came under the spotlight when news broke that a sort of stealth promotional campaign had been underway in December. YouTube content creators were being paid to say nice things about Xbox One games in their videos, and questions of disclosure and …

Microsoft working on Kindle-like Xbox reading app for Windows 8

Microsoft's getting ready to follow Amazon, Apple, and Google into the reading game with an app for Windows to peruse e-books, magazines, and comics. The new app appears be part of Microsoft's cross-platform Xbox entertainment services, which currently include Xbox Music and Video.<p>Microsoft hasn't …

Nintendo President Satoru Iwata Cuts His Salary In Half Because No One Is Buying The Wii U

It’s no secret that the Wii U has been all but lackluster in sales when compared to Playstation 4 and Xbox One. All my buddies are gaming freaks, and not one of them has a Wii U. I literally know of no one that actually owns one of them. So, in a response to a drop in profits, Nintendo’s President …

Will Nintendo lose its last life by ignoring mobile?

There’s been a little bit of confusion about the future of Nintendo and mobile devices these past few days, but the company has now made it quite clear that it won’t be developing games for smartphones or tablets. Instead, Nintendo is planning to release a new platform, with accompanying software, …

Wii U is failing, but mobile isn’t the answer for Nintendo

Nintendo must develop, but is reluctant to put games on other platforms. What is the answer for the troubled video game veteran?<p>Last year, two new games consoles were released to the market: the PlayStation 4 and the Xbox One, which sold more than 1m each on their first few days on sale. By the end …

Nintendo Might Just Redefine Entertainment—Again

Over the years, Nintendo has sold instant rice, cards, love hotels, and video games. Now in financial trouble, the company is preparing its latest transformation: as a wellness company.<p>News of Nintendo’s demise has been swirling recently. And by “recently,” I mean since 1981, when warehouses were …

Sony Rejects Dan Loeb's Entertainment Spinoff Plan

In a letter to hedge fund Third Point late Monday, Sony‘s board of directors and CEO Kazuo Hirai rejected a breakup pitch the firm’s founder, billionaire Dan Loeb, made in May.<p>Hirai defends the company’s “One Sony” strategy, which aims to make entertainment more profitable, including by improving …

Mobile Game Developer Supercell Made $892M Last Year (Oh, And They Paid $345M In Taxes)

Here’s what a top mobile game developer can make in a single year: $892 million off two games across Android and iOS.<p>That’s what Finnish developer Supercell said on a call last that night that it earned last year. Although Supercell is privately held, it still has to report earnings once a year in …

New Jersey slaps MIT Bitcoin hackers with subpoena — and they’re fighting back

The MIT students behind Bitcoin mining program Tidbit won the “most innovative” award at a recent hackathon.<p>But they will soon face a ruling from another kind of judge: one employed by the state of New Jersey.<p>In early December, a few weeks after the hackathon, the New Jersey division of consumer …

That’s a lot of pirating: 68% of Europeans download or stream movies for free

How much illegal streaming and downloading is going on in the European Union? A report on film-watching habits released last week by the European …

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Wii Mini Coming To The US for $99

The Xbox One and the Ps4 aren’t the only new consoles coming to American shores this holiday season. Nintendo's strange little Wii Mini has been available in Europe and Canada for a while now, and Nintendo just announced it’s coming to America in time for Christmas.<p>The Wii was recently discontinued …

Bitcoin Targeted By Hackers; Two Exchanges Already Hit

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TripAdvisor Looks For More Hard-Hitting Advertising in 2014

TripAdvisor CEO Steve Kaufer said the company was “pleased” with its first TV advertising campaign in the fourth quarter, but is looking for …

25% of Couples Say Smartphones Distract Their Partners

The Internet can bring couples together, but one in four say smartphones are distracting to their relationship.<p>The Pew Research Center released a new …

Shack up in a bigger apartment and save money

“Will you marry me?” is an expensive question to ask on Valentine’s Day. “Will you move in with me,” however, could mean big savings.<p>New research …

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Bitcoin reels as hackers, Apple deliver body blows

Mt. Gox, the Tokyo-based exchange that helped turn the virtual currency known as bitcoin into a tradeable commodity, is teetering on the edge of the abyss. The site froze all withdrawals Friday in the wake of some unusual transactions, which it subsequently blamed on a serious flaw in bitcoin's …

Bill Gates Explains His New Role At Microsoft, Says Nadella Asked Him To “Pitch In”

Last week Microsoft announced that its new CEO is Satya Nadella, and that its first CEO, Bill Gates, would be spending time at the company helping with product decisions. It was the culmination of a long bout of CEO bingo.<p>The role that Gates will now play at the company he founded is interesting: …

Microsoft Adds Bitcoin Currency Conversion to Bing

Microsoft today added Bitcoin currency conversion to Bing, which supports over 50 currencies in its index. Conversion is as simple as typing in “x btc to currency” or “x currency to btc.” The data is provided by digital wallet company Coinbase:<p>Microsoft says the digital currency option is initially …

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FORTUNE — <b></b>Last week’s hire of Microsoft’s new CEO, Satya Nadella, reminded me of a talk I recently gave to a group of senior executives in Seattle about how companies should do more to groom leaders from within, as opposed to looking outside for their next star.<p>At the time, succession was a big …

Why Dunkin' Donuts Could Crush The Competition

In its quarterly call with analysts this week, the doughnuts-and-coffee chain made clear it's no longer just a major morning contender. It intends to be a player all day, taking customers and market share from any chain that underestimates it.<p>"We have learned that the Dunkin' brand has permission …

Is the Facebook Like Dead for Marketers?

Derek Muller longs for the days when his Facebook page had only a few thousand likes.<p>"The other day I was just Googling, 'How do I delete these …

3 Game-Changing Uses for Bitcoin That Have Nothing to Do With Money

Bitcoin is a currency, and as such, it has some pretty obvious uses. You can buy stuff with it. You can get paid in it for things you sell or …