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‘The Hobbit’ Trailer Most Watched On YouTube In Third Quarter

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The trailer for The Hobbit's final sequel, The Battle Of The Five Armies, was YouTube's most-watched entertainment-related video of the third quarter, the online giant said, pulling in nearly 17.3 million views, well ahead of trailers for the next Hunger Games installment and the first Fifty Shades Of Grey The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Pt. 1 nevertheless still spent the quarter as overexposed as anything in Fifty Shades, putting two trailers in the top 10 with a… Read

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‘The Book Of Life’ Fox-SGN Mobile Game Deal Could Pay Off For Years

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The Book of Life: Sugar Smash mobile game, which launched today, could become a model for movie-related titles going forward, with its potential to create years of income for Fox under its revenue-sharing deal with SGN Games, said SGN CEO Chris DeWolfe. The title is available on the iTunes Store and, soon, Google Play, and is compatible with the vast majority of smartphones and tablets currently in use. As with most mobile games these days (Minecraft being a notable… Read

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‘Alien Isolation:’ The Horror Game That Could Have Been Ridley Scott’s Sequel

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Sometimes I'm not sure what's scarier: the implacably murderous Alien in Ridley Scott's film, or the fact that the groundbreaking science-fiction movie debuted 35 years ago. Yikes! To celebrate, of sorts, Fox and Sega have collaborated on Alien Isolationa videogame debuting today that lovingly recreates the grungy, lived-in look of the original movie alongside plenty of creepy jolts and chills of its own. It's all plunked down in a new setting that would be a fantastic… Read

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Xbox One Now Selling In China, But What Games Will They Play?

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Microsoft's Xbox One started selling today in thousands of Chinese stores, the first videogame console legally available in the country since 2000. Now comes the hard part, figuring out what games will actually pass muster with China's stringent censorship rules on things like anti-authoritarian behavior, violence, criminality and even fantasy and science-fiction themes. The tight rules mean no Destinyno Call of Duty and so definitely no Grand Theft Auto, all… Read

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Social-Media App For Online Stars Launches From Mobile First: TECH Bits

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Mobile First Entertainment has launched the first iteration of an app designed to help social-media stars make more money from their big online audiences while bringing together a client's various social-media streams all in one place. The app is customized for each client, and is ad-supported, with the creator/client using the customized app taking 75 percent of net revenues. The app also handles issues such as sending push notifications to users about upcoming events… Read

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TECH Bits: AfterBuzz TV from Maria Menounos, Keven Undergaro Joins CDS

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AfterBuzz TV, an online channel created by E! host Maria Menounos and producer Keven Undergaro, has signed with Collective Digital Studio, the big YouTube multichannel network. AfterBuzz specializes in creating “after shows” focused on the latest episodes of popular TV programs. The channel receives more than 20 million weekly downloads on YouTube and iTunes from scores of countries. In a given week, AfterBuzz may produce as many as 80 live after shows, with celebrity… Read

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Disney Infinity 2.0 Aims To Go Beyond With Marvel Characters

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Disney Interactive is shooting for another huge hit with version 2.0 of its Disney Infinity hybrid toy/game franchise, launching today with more than 20 new characters based on some of its biggest Marvel superheroes. Disney has reason for optimism: Infinity v.1.0 raked in more than $500 million (according to Disney executives back in April) and was one of the year's 10 best-selling games (according to NPD Group). And the sets and characters being released today — other… Read

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Microsoft Buys ‘Minecraft’ Maker Mojang For $2.5 Billion

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Microsoft has closed the previously much-rumored deal to acquire Mojang, the small Swedish company behind the massively popular videogame franchise Minecraftfor $2.5 billion. If you're not a gamer, or the parent of one, you may not know Minecraft, but trust me, the little kids understand. It's huge, one of the biggest independent game franchises in the world. The game has blocky, Lego-like graphics that are far from state-of-the-art in their style, but it hasn't stopped… Read

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Activision Says ‘Destiny’ Broke Day 1 Sales Record For A New Video Game Franchise With $500M

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Everyone expected initial sales to be big — but few thought they'd be this big. Worldwide retail and first-party orders for the multiplayer shooter game Destiny yesterday topped $500M, Activision Blizzard says today. That tops the previous record for a new franchise set in May by Ubisoft's Watch Dogs. If you add sequels, both still trail last fall's Call Of Duty: Ghosts, which had more than $1B in Day 1 sales, and Grand Theft Auto V, which had more than $800… Read

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TECH Bits: ‘Madden NFL 15′ Kicks Off To Quieter Audience

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A few years back, today would have been a very bad day for workplace productivity, as hundreds of thousands of fans of EA Sports' Madden Football franchise either took the day off or missed a big chunk of it to wait in line to buy the latest iteration of the iconic videogame series. These days, not so much. With online pre-orders, electronic downloads and disappearing game retailers, finding a line of camped-out gamers waiting for midnight and this year's Madden is a lot… Read

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You Won’t Believe What Happens Next: Facebook Clamps Down On Clickbait

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Mostly lost in all the Emmy hubbub around Deadline yesterday was a little “FYI” blog post by Facebook, noting changes it was making in how it decides what stories to show its 1.1 billion users in their profiles' News Feed. From now on, the company said, it would be downgrading stories from publishers that use come-on headlines (like the first half of this story's headline) to get people to click through to posts without much substance. Some publishers use this… Read

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Online Game Networks Hacked, Sony Unit President Threatened

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UPDATE: Sony's PlayStation Network, the online service that connects PlayStation 3 and PS4 videogame consoles to the Internet and to over-the-top video services such as Netflix, has been down much of the day after a distributed denial-of-service attack left the network inaccessible to users. Hackers also attacked the Microsoft's Xbox Live service, Santa Monica-based League of Legends  and other game sites. In taking credit for the takedown, a group calling itself Lizard… Read

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