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November 16, 2012News covering the consumer electronics industry

  Today's Digital Pulse 
  • GameStop to shutter 200 unprofitable stores
    GameStop, within the next 12 months, plans to close 200 of its stores around the world, saying those outlets are operating unprofitably. The company reported third-quarter sales were down 8.9% from a year ago, to $1.77 billion. Analysts estimated Q3 sales would come in at $1.79 billion, Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S reported. Bloomberg (11/15), Reuters (11/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Mobile Electronics 
  • NTSB wants to mandate collision-avoidance systems in vehicles
    The National Transportation Safety Board wants the federal government to make collision-avoidance systems mandatory standard equipment in cars and commercial vehicles. "We know that hundreds of lives can be saved and hundreds of thousands of injuries can be prevented if the technology improves and we can avoid these run-off-the-road, rear-end and also the side lane departure collisions," said NTSB Chairwoman Deborah Hersman. CNN (11/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Analyst: Nintendo's Wii U may be in short supply for 6 months
    The Wii U console, which makes its U.S. retail debut Sunday, could be subject to shortages for the next six months, according to Michael Pachter of Wedbush Securities. IHS Screen Digest estimates that Nintendo will sell 3.5 million units of the new console during this holiday shopping season, while Pachter forecasts annual sales of about 10 million units. Meanwhile, a line has already formed at Nintendo's flagship store in Rockefeller Center in midtown Manhattan. Bloomberg (11/16), CNET/Tech Culture blog (11/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Google said to be close to launch of its iPhone mapping app
    Google is moving closer to its plan to send its new mapping application to Apple's iTunes store for approval, according to a published report, which says the company has already begun testing the app among outsiders. The app would compete with Apple's own mapping software that recently displaced Google's product on iPhones. Also Google has introduced Ingress, an alternate-reality game, via a free mobile app aimed at encouraging people to engage in physical activity at real-world locations. All Things D (11/15), The Wall Street Journal (11/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Retail Trends 
  • NPD: Q3 rings in $1.4B in U.S. digital game sales
    U.S. sales of digital video game products were $1.4 billion in the third quarter, according to The NPD Group. The figure includes game purchases, add-on content and subscriptions, as well as mobile and social games. U.S. retail sales of games for consoles and PCs were $1.07 billion in the quarter, while rentals and used games accounted for $399 million, the market research firm estimated. (U.K.) (11/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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