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The US operations of Atari have filed for bankruptcy protection.
The maker of the ground-breaking video game Pong is seeking to separate from its loss making French parent Atari SA.
Atari Inc, together with Atari Interactive Inc, Humongous Inc. and California US Holdings Inc. want to secure independent funding to develop digital and mobile games.
Atari said in December it was looking to raise cash and was talking to investors.
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Details of Bungie's first game since quitting the best-selling Halo franchise have been leaked online.
The gaming website IGN has obtained marketing materials revealing it is called Destiny, and aims to create a universe "as deep" as the Star Wars franchise,
The project had been one of publisher Activision's most closely guarded secrets.
It has a 10-year exclusive arrangement with the development studio
The release of Activision's latest Call of Duty will be closely watched for its effect on lagging video games sales.
Black Ops 2 is the sequel to a 2010 title which holds the record for the world's bestselling console game.
Microsoft has already revealed its rival first-person shooter, Halo 4, made more than $220m (
Apple has 48 hours to re-write a statement on its website relating to its design rights dispute with Samsung, UK judges have ruled.
Apple was forced on 18 October to publish a message making it clear that Samsung had not infringed the iPad's registered design.
However Samsung complained the statement Apple had posted did not comply with the court order.
Judges agreed and have told Apple it must be removed within 24 hours.
A new, compliant version must then be posted.
Japan's Sharp has issued a warning about its future saying that it has found it tough to raise money amid mounting losses.
It issued the warning as it forecast a loss of 450bn yen (5.6bn;
Taiwanese computer maker Acer has put back the launch of its Windows RT tablets following mixed reviews for Microsoft's own Surface device which is powered by the new operating system.
Acer said it was now unlikely to distribute the product before April.
Windows RT appears similar to the full Windows 8 system and is designed to run on ARM-based processors.
However, it lacks some of the functionality of its sibling, resulting in a paucity of compatible software.
Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) is to release its first ARM-based chip in 2014.
The central processing units (CPUs) will power computer servers used to run websites and smartphone app services.
The US firm said the move would let it offer more energy efficient products.
It is significant because AMD - alongside Intel - has been one of the key forces behind the rival x86 chip architecture.
AMD added that it was also considering making ARM-based chips for consumer-targeted computers, but no decision had been made as yet.
The company follows in the steps of Dell and HP which have previously announced plans to build ARM-based servers.
Disney is buying Lucasfilm, the company behind the Star Wars films, from its chairman and founder George Lucas for $4.05bn (
Panasonic has projected that it will make a loss in the current financial year because of falling sales and a jump in restructuring expenses.
It has forecast a net loss of 765bn yen ($9.6bn;
Two new Android devices, the Nexus 4 handset and Nexus 10 tablet will go on sale on 13 November, Google has announced.
The handset, made by manufacturer LG, can also work as a games controller when wirelessly connected to a TV.
Google said that the screen of the new Nexus 10 tablet by Samsung has "the world's highest resolution display".
UK prices for the Nexus 4 start at
Apple appears to have altered a service which was finding prostitutes for users in China.
State-run China Daily reported that, when asked, the voice-activated assistant Siri directed users to brothels, despite prostitution being banned in the country.
It prompted millions of comments from users, becoming a hot topic on Sina Weibo, the Chinese version of Twitter.
Now Siri has changed its responses, offering no advice
Microsoft has started shipping its first Surface tablet computers ahead of their official launch on Friday.
The firm's UK site says it has sold out of pre-orders for the 32GB version of the device, which runs the RT version of Windows 8.
It marks Microsoft's entry into the PC hardware market, posing competition to other computer manufacturers.
Early reviews of the device have been mixed, praising the hardware but criticising a lack of software.
A promotion by games company Electronic Arts offering users one free game allowed them to download as many as they wanted.
The promotion was intended for those who completed a survey, presenting them with a code for $20 (
Video games maker Activision Publishing arrives at the industry's biggest European event - Gamescom in Cologne, Germany - from a position of strength.
Its first and third-person shooter franchise, Call of Duty, continues to blast its way to success: The Modern Warfare 3 sequel has been one of the top-selling games since its November launch and its online service, CoD: Elite has attracted more than 12 million registered users.
The firm is showing off the series' next title, Black Ops 2, and a version for the Sony Vita handheld console at the event. It is also about to launch a free-to-play edition in China which will charge users for weapons and other upgrades.
Sony has revealed new functions and big-name games to reignite interest in its handheld PlayStation (PS) Vita console.
The Japanese firm recently cut its estimate of how many of the devices it expected to sell before March 2013.
It can now be used as a controller for the larger PS3 console and players can switch from a Vita to a mobile phone and continue the same game.
Users buying some PS3 or Vita games can get free versions for the other device.
This Cross Buy scheme will initially be limited to a select number of Sony's own titles, including the latest in its Ratchet and Clank series.
The moves were outlined at a news conference at Gamescom, the video games trade show in Cologne, Germany
Nintendo will start selling a version of its 3DS handheld gaming console with bigger screens from July.
The 3DS LL, which will be known as the XL outside Japan, will have displays that are almost twice as big as those on the current version.
It will be priced at 18,900 yen (
Jason Kingsley, co-founder of the British video games studio Rebellion, has been made an Officer of the Order of the British Empire in the Queen's Birthday Honours List for services to the economy.
The honour comes at a pivotal time for his industry, which is gearing up for the next generation of video games consoles while facing disruption from a shift to digital downloads, as well as the rise of smartphones and tablets and the emergence of crowdsourced funding as an alternative source of investment.
Microsoft has unveiled Xbox SmartGlass: a service to allow tablet computers and smartphones to communicate with its video games consoles.
It allows users to control games on the touchscreen devices and can show extra information about progress.
It also lets the handhelds act as controllers for the firm's Internet Explorer web browser, which will launch on the console later this year.
The move poses a challenge to Nintendo's Wii U Game Pad.