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Fallout 4 ships 12 million copies to retailers, game ‘generating record sales’

It's not exactly a shock to learn that publisher Bethesda Softworks shipped a lot of copies of its long-awaited post-apocalyptic RPG Fallout 4 to retailers. The company said that it has shipped 12 million copies of the game, which launched for the Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC earlier this week, and since then it has been "generating record sales at retail outlets and via digital download".










Fallout 4 ships 12 million copies to retailers, game ‘generating record sales’

It's not exactly a shock to learn that publisher Bethesda Softworks shipped a lot of copies of its long-awaited post-apocalyptic RPG Fallout 4 to retailers. The company said that it has shipped 12 million copies of the game, which launched for the Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC earlier this week, and since then it has been "generating record sales at retail outlets and via digital download".










Microsoft and Bing want to make websites mobile friendly with new testing tool

More and more traffic to websites are generated by visits from smartphone and tablet users, and many of those sites don't have features that are specific for those visitors. Now Microsoft's Bing division wants to help web designers make their sites "mobile friendly" by releasing a tool to test to see if the site passes several criteria to see if it is indeed "mobile friendly".










Fossil to acquire fitness wearable tracker company Misfit for $260 million

Fossil is making a bigger play in the connected wearable space. The watchmaker, which recently announced its Android Wear-based smartwatch, the Founder, will acquire the fitness wearable tracker company Misfit for $260 million, with the deal expected to close by the end of Fossil's 2015 fiscal year.

Misfit has released a number of devices, including most recently the Shine 2. Fossil outlined its plans for integrating Misfit in its technology product plans:

  • Own a technology platform that has already solved many of the hardest problems in wearables, including battery life.
  • Scale Misfit's technology across Fossil, Skagen and a targeted portion of its portfolio of 16 brands in 2016, ultimately accelerating the company's connected accessory roadmap.
  • Expand its addressable market with new distribution channels, new products, new brands and new enterprise partnerships, including music, fitness, healthcare and digital entities.
  • Lead in the connected devices space by harnessing the power of a world-class software and hardware engineering team spearheaded by Misfit Founder, Sonny Vu.

Vu will become the president and chief technology officer of connected devices for Fossil Group once the acquisition is completed.

Fossil Group, Inc. to Acquire Wearable Technology Innovator Misfit

Acquisition of Leading Technology Platform and World-Class Engineering Team Will Fuel Rapid Growth in Wearable Technology

RICHARDSON, Texas, Nov. 12, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Fossil Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:FOSL) today announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Misfit, Inc., an innovator in wearable technology and stylish connected devices. The acquisition will enable Fossil Group to expand its addressable market, offering consumers both traditional timepieces and fashionable connected accessories. Misfit brings to Fossil Group a scalable cloud and app platform, a world-class software and hardware engineering team, a native wearable technology brand and a pipeline of innovative products.

"We have a significant opportunity to add technology and connectivity across our platform of watches and accessories," said Kosta Kartsotis, chief executive officer of Fossil Group. "With the acquisition of Misfit, Fossil Group will be uniquely positioned to lead the convergence of style and technology and to become the fashion gateway to the high-growth wearable technology and connected device markets."

The acquisition will enable Fossil Group to:

Own a technology platform that has already solved many of the hardest problems in wearables, including battery life. Scale Misfit's technology across Fossil, Skagen and a targeted portion of its portfolio of 16 brands in 2016, ultimately accelerating the company's connected accessory roadmap. Expand its addressable market with new distribution channels, new products, new brands and new enterprise partnerships, including music, fitness, healthcare and digital entities.
Lead in the connected devices space by harnessing the power of a world-class software and hardware engineering team spearheaded by Misfit Founder, Sonny Vu. "We fundamentally believe consumers care about both technical functionality and fashionable design. In fact, one without the other is simply not enough. With the acquisition of Misfit, Fossil Group will be positioned to win with the connected consumer," said Greg McKelvey, chief strategy and digital officer of Fossil Group. "Our world-class design and global distribution, combined with Misfit's technology platform, creates a significantly advantaged, multi-brand and global wearable technology business poised to drive the convergence of fashion and technology."

"We are thrilled to join forces with Fossil Group to usher in the next era of wearables where elegance, beauty and long-lasting wearability are paramount," said Sonny Vu, founder and chief executive officer of Misfit. "Together, we will introduce products that blend Misfit's seamless, intuitive technology and user experience with the design, style and branding that is the hallmark of Fossil Group."

Transaction Details

Fossil Group expects the acquisition to close before the end of fiscal 2015, subject to customary closing conditions and regulatory approval. The purchase price of $260 million, including transaction costs, will be funded through a combination of cash on hand and bank debt.

Sonny Vu will serve as president and chief technology officer of connected devices for Fossil Group, Inc., and will be a member of the company's executive leadership team.