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Nintendo's new Wii U console will embrace social networking, according to a video presentation released ahead of the E3 video games conference.
The machine will promote the Miiverse in which users can see what others are playing, share self-created game content and swap gaming tips.
The firm said members would eventually be able to connect to the network via its 3DS handheld, PCs and smartphones.
The revelations, ahead of the Los Angeles trade show, may be designed to create a new buzz about the product ahead of a more detailed press conference on Tuesday.
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Diablo 3's creators say the title has become the world's fastest-selling PC-based videogame.
Blizzard Entertainment said that more than 3.5 million copies were sold during the first 24 hours of release.
It added that the total number of players had since risen to more than 6.3 million.
The firm apologised again for a series of glitches that have forced it to delay the launch of in-game auctions using real-world money.
The game takes place in a fantasy world in which players fight monsters and team up with other characters to save their land from "demonic annihilation".
It went on sale last week at more than 8,000 retailers as well as via a digital download from Blizzard's website.
Sales of video games in the US have shown a sharp drop in early 2012, figures suggest.
Gamers spent 42% less on video games in April compared to the same period last year, said market research firm NPD.
The entire market, which includes sales of both consoles and games, was down 32% overall in April, the figures indicate.
Analysts blamed some of the decline on the lack of compelling games being launched in the opening months of 2012.
Online video game "Star Wars: The Old Republic" has seen about a 25% drop in subscribers, according to its publisher Electronic Arts (EA).
The firm revealed that the title had 1.3 million active subscribers at the end of April, compared to "a little over" 1.7 million in February.
The US-based company said that the figure was "consistent" with its original projections.
However, EA's shares fell as much as 10% in after hours trading.
The Star Wars MMORPG (massively multiplayer online role-playing game) is EA's biggest investment to date.
The drop-off in subscribers is despite EA raising the amount it is spending on marketing and the launch of the game in Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong and Singapore at the start of March.
A fall in the number of subscribers had been expected but the size of the decline surprised some analysts.
The latest addition to the franchise, Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 is set in 2025 and centres the enemy taking control of the US Army’s unmanned weapon systems.
Developed by Treyarch Studio, the game is slated for 13th November release.
Google has launched a new consumer service offering up to 16TB (terabytes) of storage for photos and other online content.
Dubbed Google Drive, the service goes head to head with rival cloud services such as Dropbox and Microsoft's SkyDrive.
It offers 5GB (gigabytes) of storage for free. People pay on a rising scale for more space.
Experts say that Google is "late" to the market
India has become the top spam-spewing nation on the planet, suggests a report.
Compiled by security firm Sophos, the report ranks nations by the amount of junk mail routed through computers in each country.
India has leapt to the top of the spam chart in less than a year, rapidly overtaking the US, said Sophos.
About 10% of all junk mail sent across the web came from or passed through computers in India, said the firm.
A row has broken out in America over a computer games company including gay characters in its storylines.
Electronic Arts is being criticised by Christian campaign groups who say it is setting a bad example for young people.
Over the last few years EA has introduced gay characters, giving the option to flirt, kiss and go for a drink in a virtual bar.
It's thought several thousand complaints have been received but EA says it has done nothing wrong.
Gamers unhappy with the endings of Mass Effect 3 will get "further closure" thanks to new added content, developer Bioware has announced.
Large numbers of fans had complained that the finale to the popular saga did not live up expectations.
The company said they would provide a number of "game content initiatives" to clarify aspects of the game's plotline.
In a blog post, Bioware co-founder Ray Muzyka described the feedback as "incredibly painful".
Shares in the video games retailer Games Group were suspended pending clarification of the company's financial position.
Discussions had not progressed enough with the various stakeholders and other parties to for a realistic prospect of a solution.
Struggling video games retailer Game Group has said it intends to file for administration.
Earlier, shares in Game were suspended "pending clarification of the company's financial position".
The firm said talks with stakeholders and other parties had not made enough progress to offer "a realistic prospect for a solvent solution".
Game has seen its business eroded by competition from online-only retailers, such as Steam and Amazon.
Last week, the retailer confirmed that a number of suppliers were refusing to do business with the company.
Microsoft says it is not launching a new Xbox games console "anytime soon".
Video game players were hoping that Microsoft would unveil an upgrade at the E3 Expo in June, an annual video game conference in LA where producers showcase new equipment and titles.
The US company has confirmed that it will not be talking about new Xbox hardware at the event.
It says it plans to focus on games, music and other entertainment for the Xbox 360, which came out in 2005.
Keza MacDonald, UK games editor at IGN.com, says gamers will be disappointed that there is no new Xbox being released.
"Historically there have been new games consoles every four or five years," she said.
Microsoft has unveiled Surface - its own-brand family of tablets.
The touchscreen computers will be powered by its upcoming Windows 8 system and contain a choice of an Intel or ARM-based processor.
It allows the firm to challenge Apple's bestselling iPad with a device that can run standard applications such as its own Office programs and Photoshop.
But it puts Microsoft in competition with other manufacturers planning to release tablets designed for Windows 8
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US TV network Fox has cancelled Steven Spielberg drama Terra Nova after just one season.
The big budget prehistoric series averaged 7.5 million viewers in the US but failed to do as well as hoped.
But according to The Hollywood Reporter, 20th Century Fox TV will now try to sell it to other networks.
After the premiere was delayed twice, the series finally made it to air in September but got a lukewarm reception from some fans and critics.
The final episode of the first series was shown on 19 December.
Budding Jedi masters and Sith lords now have somewhere else to hone their lightsaber skills.
Star Wars: The Old Republic launched on 20 December and lets gamers play as characters from the iconic SF series.
Reputed to have cost more than $130m (
British computer chip designer ARM has unveiled its latest graphics processing unit (GPU) for mobile devices.
The Mali-T658 offers up to ten times the performance of its predecessor.
It paves the way for faster games and other more complex software on smartphones and tablet computers.
Google is planning to strip some features from its Reader to boost the Google+ social network.
In a blogpost, the company revealed that the sharing features on its RSS news reader would soon be removed.
Instead, anyone wanting to share or highlight posts on blogs and websites will have to do so via integrated Google+ tools.
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