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November 19, 2012News covering the consumer electronics industry

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  • Wii U bows in the U.S., representing high hopes for Nintendo
    Source: Nintendo
    The Wii U console made its U.S. retail debut Sunday, with hundreds lined up at the flagship Nintendo World store in New York City's Rockefeller Center. The Nintendo TVii service, offering content from Amazon Instant Video, Netflix and YouTube, won't be available until an unspecified date in December, according to the company. The Wii U features a tablet-like controller that offers a separate screen for playing games. "We wanted to become independent from the TV," said Nintendo's Shigeru Miyamoto. ClipSyndicate/ (11/18), Bloomberg (11/19), The Wall Street Journal (11/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

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  • Strong box office for last "Twilight" movie augurs well for home biz
    The opening-weekend box-office receipts for "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn 2" and the second weekend of the new James Bond adventure, "Skyfall," helped Lions Gate Entertainment and Sony Pictures, respectively, achieve significant milestones in theatrical releases, this article notes. Lions Gate went over a collective $1 billion in U.S. box office with the haul from the last installment in the "Twilight" franchise, while Sony marked $4 billion in worldwide box office. The "Breaking Dawn 2" release is expected to post strong sales when the title comes out on disc and in digital distribution next year. Home Media Magazine (11/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • LG to be first in line in updating Google TV capabilities
    The G2 Series of Internet-connected television sets from LG Electronics will be the first models to incorporate new features in Google TV, such as Voice Search and an updated version of the TV & Movies application, Rachel Cericola writes. Meanwhile, LG has struck a deal with OnLive, the cloud-based game service, to offer the OnLive application on the G2 Series. (11/16), ipTVnews (11/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • New Call of Duty title brings in record $500M+ on first day
    Retail sales of Call of Duty: Black Ops II reached more than $500 million during the title's first full day of availability, Activision Blizzard reported. The new video game can be played on the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and Wii U consoles. "Sales for the Call of Duty franchise have exceeded worldwide theatrical box office receipts for Harry Potter and Star Wars, the two most successful movie franchises of all time," Activision CEO Bobby Kotick said in a statement. Bloomberg (11/16), The Wall Street Journal (11/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Dell posts lower profit; mobile challenges PC sales
    In its most recent quarter, Dell's operating profit fell by 48% from a year ago to $589 million while revenue was off by 11% to $13.7 billion. The company blamed the "challenging global macroeconomic environment" and U.S. business anxieties over the federal government's year-end "fiscal cliff" deadline for the declines. Revenue from Dell's Mobility division, which sells laptops, smartphones and tablet computers, plummeted by 26% in the period to $3.5 billion. The Guardian (London) (11/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Retail Trends 
  • Adobe: $2B in online sales projected for Cyber Monday
    Sales on Cyber Monday are expected to increase 18% this year, hitting $2 billion, according to a forecast by Adobe Systems. Black Friday will be another good day for e-retailers, with a 12% bump from 2011 sales, Adobe says. E-commerce also is set to blossom on Green Monday, which is Dec. 10, and Free Shipping Day, which is Dec. 17. PCWorld (11/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Amazon terminates pay-by-the-month Prime
    Amazon ended a $7.99 monthly subscription for Amazon Prime, saying the option, launched two weeks ago, was a test. "At this time, we've completed our test and are no longer signing up new customers for Amazon Prime monthly memberships," a company representative said. SlashGear (11/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Gary Shapiro on "The American Red Cross, Occupy Sandy and Americans helping each other"
    Check out what CEA President and CEO, Gary Shapiro, had to say in his latest column! This week, Gary discusses why the Consumer Electronics Association chose to donate to the American Red Cross instead of Occupy Sandy to help those affected by Hurricane Sandy. "According to accounts of people I spoke to who were there, many of these volunteers did not know what to do because the Occupy movement rejects organized hierarchy through which people can be assigned various helpful functions. The self-described 'horizontal hierarchy' embraced by Occupiers is well meaning and can be effective, but may not be as efficient as the Red Cross' management style," said Shapiro. Check out and comment on the full article on LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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