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  • Video Game Sales Fall Again, Despite 'Modern Warfare 2' Thursday, 10 Dec 2009 | 6:58 PM ET
    Modern Warfare 2

    The largest entertainment launch of the year wasn’t enough to push video game sales into positive territory in November, raising concerns about the overall health of the industry.

  • S&P Will Reach 1,160 by Year-End: Equity Strategist Friday, 4 Dec 2009 | 6:45 PM ET

    Many investors are too conservatively positioned to the end of the year, said Thomas Lee, chief U.S. equity strategist at JPMorgan. He told investors where they should be looking.

  • Take Two: A One-Trick Pony Once Again? Friday, 4 Dec 2009 | 11:39 AM ET
    Grand Theft Auto IV

    Take Two Interactive Software has always fought against its reputation as a company with one bullet in its gun: the Grand Theft Auto series. In recent years, it seemed to be making some headway in those efforts, building a number of strong, if not super-powered, franchises that were far removed from its flagship title.

  • Wal-Mart Price Cuts Savage GameStop Shares Wednesday, 2 Dec 2009 | 5:25 PM ET

    A brewing price war over video games is taking its toll on the industry’s top specialty retailer.

  • Open Source as a Model for Business Is Elusive Monday, 30 Nov 2009 | 12:32 PM ET
    Close up of someone typing on a laptop.

    In many ways, MySQL embodies the ideals of the populist software movement known as open source, in which a program’s creator releases it to the world free of charge, and legions of volunteers contribute improvements that are also freely shared.

  • modern_warfare3_300.jpg

    To say “Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2” is a hit is akin to calling the Atlantic Ocean a bit humid. The video game has shattered sales records throughout the entertainment industry – besting other games, films and books.

  • Nielsen Ratings Coming to Video Games Friday, 20 Nov 2009 | 4:30 PM ET

    The television industry has known for years that video games are a threat to viewership, but a new pilot program might finally give some insight into exactly how big that threat is.

  • Building an Online Bulwark to Fend Off Identity Fraud Thursday, 19 Nov 2009 | 11:23 AM ET

    Identity fraud has been on the rise, as criminal cunning may be mixing with desperation during the downturn. But a new breed of products is tackling the trickier matter of preventing identity theft, says the New York TImes.

  • Microsoft Store Employees Bust Out the Electric Cringe Wednesday, 18 Nov 2009 | 1:18 PM ET

    A video making the rounds online shows employees at a Microsoft store in California busting out a lame version of the electric slide set to the Black-Eyed Peas’ “I Gotta Feeling.” It makes you wonder: If Apple's won the cool game, is Microsoft trying to corner the market on cringe?!

  • Modern Warfare 2 Grosses $550 Million in Five Days Wednesday, 18 Nov 2009 | 9:59 AM ET
    Modern Warfare 2

    Sales of Activision Blizzard's latest game is breaking gaming records and giving Hollywood a run for its money, literally.

  • Holidays to Boost Video Game Industry: Nintendo Exec Friday, 13 Nov 2009 | 4:59 PM ET

    With a crucial holiday approaching for video game makers, Reggie Fils-Aime, President and COO of Nintendo America, said he expects the close release dates of big-name titles "Call of Duty" and "Super Mario Bros. Wii," out Sunday, to revive the industry from its sales lag.

  • Video Game Sales Plunge, but Have They Hit Bottom? Thursday, 12 Nov 2009 | 7:02 PM ET
    Modern Warfare 2

    After a brief sales increase in September, video game sales took another nosedive in October — but the bad news may finally be over.

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    On the surface, a video game opening a virtual pet store doesn’t sound like something investors should care too much about. But when that game is “World of Warcraft,” the stakes change.

  • Modern Warfare 2

    Analysts expect the game could sell 4.5 to 5 million copies globally on its first day. That would shatter the 3.6 million record currently held by Take Two Interactive Software's "Grand Theft Auto IV" — and it would mean revenues of $270 million to $300 million for Activision.

  • iPhone Has Become Threat To Nintendo: 'Doom' Creator Friday, 6 Nov 2009 | 12:14 PM ET
    Doom Classic for the iPhone

    While there are now over 100,000 apps in the Apple App store, the vast majority of them were created on a shoestring budget. With customers flocking toward lower-priced program, it just doesn’t make business sense to spend big development dollars—especially on games, the App store’s most crowded category.

  • Activison CEO: Consumer Spending Still a Worry Friday, 6 Nov 2009 | 12:08 PM ET

    Activision Blizzard CEO Robert Kotick said a change in the video game maker's release schedule caused the company to forecast a weaker than expected fourth quarter, but he spoke confidently about the upcoming release of games such as DJ Hero and Band Hero.

  • Microsoft Slashes 800 More Workers Worldwide Wednesday, 4 Nov 2009 | 2:42 PM ET

    Microsoft says it is cutting 800 more jobs. That's in addition to the 5,000 layoffs it announced in January.

  • Video Game Industry Braces for Ugly Earnings Season Tuesday, 3 Nov 2009 | 2:22 PM ET
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    The third quarter of 2009 was a pretty horrendous one for the video game industry. Year over year sales plummeted amid a lack of ‘must have’ games. Now, as earnings season draws near, game makers are about to face the consequences.

  • Despite Slump, Venture Firm Sets Up $575 Million Fund Tuesday, 3 Nov 2009 | 12:59 PM ET

    Even amid the contraction of the venture capital industry, which fertilizes the seeds of new technology start-ups, some firms are expanding.

  • Time to Adjust Your Tech Portfolio Wednesday, 28 Oct 2009 | 11:41 AM ET
    Intel Core 2 Extreme Quad-core processor

    There’s a transition occurring in the tech sector. The traditional sector bellwethers—computer hardware, desktop software, consumer electronics—are no longer the areas of growth. Instead, it’s all about the enterprise.

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  • Co-CEO, Revere Digital; Co-Executive Editor, Re/code; and Co-Executive Producer, The Code Conference. Re/code is part of the CNBC network.

  • Co-CEO, Revere Digital; Co-Executive Editor, Re/code; and Co-Executive Producer, The Code Conference. Re/code is part of the CNBC network.