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Mixed results for Nintendo



The company is enjoying box office success, but unsure what the future may be beyond its current console

Nintendo is enjoying the box office success of “The Super Mario Bros. Movie”.

Presenting the gaming firm’s latest results, the company’s president said that the movie had outperformed expectations.

Nintendo is set to launch “The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom” this week, one of the most widely anticipated games of the year.

The Kyoto-based firm reported that orders for the game are progressing well.

But there are warning signs at the Japanese company’s core business.

Nintendo said it sees a 17 per cent slide in Switch console sales in the financial year to end-March 2024.

This would mark a third consecutive year of decline for the console, which has been on the market for seven years.

The device has sold over 125 million units – but as interest slows, investor attention is now focused on a potential successor.

No new console device is likely this year.

Nintendo said operating profit fell 15 per cent year-on-year to around $3.73 billion in the year ended March.

The company forecast profit will fall another 11 per cent over the current financial year.

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Elon’s Twitter: is Musk spending too much time on the platform?



Elon Musk is well into his Twitter tenure but analysts believe the platform is leaning towards the right

Elon Musk was always going to ruffle a few feathers when he bought Twitter.

But Musk’s ambition to let the bird free has rubbed some people the wrong way.

We’ve seen countless A-listers leave the platform, and it has led to a deeper think about what it means to open the digital town square.

It did not take long for Elon Musk to reinstate Donald Trump onto Twitter once he took ahold of the social media company.

Fox News host Tucker Carlson has also announced plans to bring a “new version” of his old Fox News show to Twitter.

He believes the news “you consume is a lie.”

Therefore, it was no surprise when Florida Governor Ron DeSantis made his presidential announcement on Twitter.

There were some tech troubles but the pair hosted a Twitter ‘Space’ to discuss democracy and the future of America.

Some analysts believe under Musk, Twitter has fully embraced the political right.

As for Musk, he says it has not been an easy ride.

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Sam Altman calls on lawmakers to regulate A.I.



The CEO also wants to work with government to prevent any problems from occurring in the future

The creator of OpenAI has called on U.S. lawmakers to regulate artificial intelligence.

Sam Altman testified before Congress about the pitfalls and and possibilities of the new technology.

Altman warned there could be an impact on jobs in the future, when better versions of his ChatGPT type software are built, by his, and other organisations.

“There will be an impact on jobs. We try to be very clear about that,” he said.

The CEO also wants to work with government to prevent any problems from occurring in the future.

One such could the potential impact on democracy, and how A.I. could be used to send misinformation during elections.

“My worst fears, are that we cause significant – we the field, the technology, the industry – cause significant harm to the world…If this technology goes wrong, it can go quite wrong and we want to be vocal about that,” he said.

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Microsoft wins E.U. antitrust approval for Activision acquisition



The European Commission says the transaction was pro-competition, due to Microsoft’s agreement to licence titles

Microsoft has won E.U. antitrust approval for its $69 billion acquisition of Activision.

The European Commission says the transaction was pro-competition, due to Microsoft’s agreement to licence popular Activision games such as “Call of Duty” to rival game streaming platforms.

After initially having concerns, the E.U. Competition Commissioner reveals their issues have been addressed.

“We had a concern about cloud gaming,” Margrethe Vestager said. “Very nascent right now, but it will grow.”

“We saw none of the Activision Blizzard games that we are talking about, being available.

“This was a concern, but we were given a remedy.”

The positive news is also shared by Microsoft’s European President, Brad Smith, who took to Twitter to share it.

“The European Commission has required Microsoft to license popular Activision Blizzard games automatically to competing cloud gaming services. This will apply globally and will empower millions of consumers worldwide to play these games on any device they choose,” he said.

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