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Angry Birds creators raise $3.6M for Boomlagoon game studio

Boomlagoon, the Helsinki-based game developer founded by former Angry Birds creators, raised $3.6 million in funding to begin development on new mobile releases, Venture Beat reports. The studio...

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Angry Birds makers see profits halved in 2013

Angry Birds developer Rovio saw profits fall by roughly half during 2013, according to its latest fiscal results released today. The company, which saw a growth in staff in the previous year — a...

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How pinball and boardwalk amusements gave rise to video games

The generally accepted history of video games is that they sprang into existence in the 1970s, the brainchild of ambitious entrepreneurs taking advantage of quasi-military technology developed in...

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Publishers like EA's Chillingo scramble to find the next big mobile hit

For every hit mobile game that floods gaming culture and enriches its creators, there are thousands that sit, unloved and unprofitable, in the sorry bowels of app stores. Yet developers all over...

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Report: British intelligence agency considered spying in homes with Kinect

The Xbox 360 Kinect camera was at one point evaluated for its potential use in mass surveillance of people in their homes, according to documents disclosed by The Guardian. This information comes...

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Mac Bitcoin-stealing malware spreads via cracked versions of Angry Birds and other apps

Researchers have discovered a Bitcoin-stealing malware called OSX/CoinThief being spread via cracked apps such as Angry Birds, according to an announcement by security company ESET. The...

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Trip Hawkins and how to fix gaming's 'pornography' problem

"Do you ever feel like what we are doing is too much like pornography?" With this introduction, game industry grandee Trip Hawkins began an eclectic and ranging DICE speech on the potential of...

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Say Happy Valentine's by sending a personalized video game

People have been proposing marriage via video games for years. Gamers and developers have used hacked versions of Japanese role-playing games or classic Mario titles to ask for someone's hand....

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Angry Birds maker says it didn't let NSA spy on users

Rovio Entertainment said today that it does not share any data from users of its apps with government spy agencies such as the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) and U.K.'s Government...

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Secret documents reveal NSA may be spying on you with Angry Birds (update)

The National Security Agency and its British counterpart may have scooped up Angry Birds player data as well as data from other "leaky apps" as it sought user information from mobile ad companies,...