angry birds

Tim Bradshaw

Angry Birds developer Rovio has already become the first app maker to successfully transfer its brand from digital to physical, with all sorts of merchandising and toys.

Now the Finnish company is making its most ambitious play yet to become – in its words – a “fully fledged entertainment powerhouse” with the launch of a weekly cartoon series this weekend. Read more

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Facebook is expected to unveil a revamp of its ‘Like’ button at next week’s developers’ conference, according to TechCrunch. Sources have told the blog that the social network will add ‘Read’, ‘Listened’, ‘Watched’, and ‘Want’ buttons. These buttons are designed to fine-tune profile information and could replace or augment the ‘Like’ button. Read more

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Google has officially launched games on its social network, Google+, ZDnet reports. The launch, which will roll out gradually, includes games like Angry Birds, Bejeweled Blitz and Zynga Poker, the company said on its blogRead more

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  • Eduardo Saverin, the co-founder of Facebook, has taken the lead in a fresh round of financing for Jumio, the one-click mobile and online payments system, TechCrunch reports. Mr Saverin put up more than half of the round, about $6.5m, alongside other private investors.

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Tim Bradshaw

Niklas Zennström, founder of Skype, Kazaa and now Rdio, a digital music service, spoke to the Financial Times about why his Atomico Ventures fund has co-led a $42m series A round in Rovio. Is Angry Birds – Rovio’s blockbuster iPhone game – really going to be worth hundreds of millions of dollars in the years to come? Read more

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  • Google has taken steps to deal with a spate of malicious Android applications that were posted on the official Android Market and other third-party websites, AllThingsDigital reports. The attacks, which took place last week, have prompted Google to remotely kill off the malicious applications on Android handsets.

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