The Longish Goodbye: Highlights From AllThingsD Staffers Johnson, Del Rey and Cha

I don’t know why you say hello, we say goodbye.
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As AllThingsD Draws to a Close, Here Are Some Staff Highlights — Part One: Kafka, Hesseldahl, Gannes

How can you miss us if we won’t go away?
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Sony Updates Faulty PlayStation 4 Estimate, Saying Number Is Still “Very Small”

Sony has updated its official estimate of how many PlayStation 4 consoles sold at launch were defective, citing “several issues reported” rather than a single problem. On Friday and over the weekend, they tallied the problematic percentage at 0.4 percent. In an emailed statement today, a spokesperson said “less than 1 percent” are affected, which is still “very small” and “within the expected range for a new product introduction.”

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Director Says BlackBerry Can Survive as “Niche” Player

In an interview in Stockholm, newly elected BlackBerry director Bert Nordberg said the board is aware of the value the company has created in areas like the enterprise business, hardware functionality and secure communications.

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NPD: Nintendo 3DS Tops Gaming Hardware Sales for Third Straight Month

Nintendo’s handheld console, the 3DS, outsold all other videogame hardware in the U.S. for the past three months, according to the NPD Group’s retail report for July. The 3DS’s sales are up 14 percent year over year, attributed to new system-seller titles like Animal Crossing: New Leaf. That increase is an anomaly amid overall continued decline in gaming hardware, software and accessories, as gamers await the “next-gen” rollout this holiday season. Among home consoles, the Xbox 360 continues to be No. 1 in sales, according to the report.

AllThingsD’s Week in Review: The Chromecast’s Enemies and AT&T’s Record Android Sales

The week in AllThingsD, in one convenient post. You’re welcome!
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NPD: Nintendo 3DS Was the Best-Selling Video Game System in the U.S. in June

Nintendo sold 225,000 units of its portable game console, the Nintendo 3DS, in June. That’s according to market research firm NPD, which called the 3DS the best-selling video game system in the U.S. that month. Its main competitor in gaming-specific handhelds is Sony’s PlayStation Vita, which has historically lagged behind the 3DS in sales. Microsoft’s Xbox 360 sold 140,000 units in June, while Sony has not disclosed how many PS3s it moved.

Microsoft Quietly Shuts Down MSN TV, Once Known as WebTV

Goodbye to all that.
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Scattered Complaints Arise About Apple’s New MacBook Air and Wi-Fi Connectivity

Super-slim? Check. Long-lasting battery? Check. Connects to the InterWebs?…
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GE Ventures Officially Opens for Business in Silicon Valley (Video)

Apparently, they also bring good Internet of things to light.
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