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Angry Birds developer Rovio sacks 130 workers in Finland

10/04, 12:31pm

Company faced with declining growth, lack of non-Angry Birds titles

In a blog post pointing out some of the issues surrounding Angry Birds purveyor Rovio, the company's outgoing CEO announced that the game maker will shed 130 people in an effort to reduce costs. The layoffs are all in the company's home country of Finland, and represents 16 percent of the company's total workforce.

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Briefly: Angry Birds Stella, Ableton releases Dark Synth

02/13, 3:03pm

Angry Birds' new release focuses on female characters

Rovio has announced its upcoming new game Angry Birds Stella, offering a female lead character. Rovio CEO Mikael Hed says Stella will feature "passionate characters who really stand for something, while adding plenty of action and and reality into the mix." As with previous Angry Birds games, Stella will likely have books, toys, and other merchandise associated with the title. It is anticipated to be released this fall.

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Rovio denies sharing Angry Birds data with NSA, other spy agencies

01/28, 10:16am

Suggests third-party app networks may be entry point

Angry Birds developer Rovio has issued a new official statement, denying collaborating with the NSA, GCHQ, or any other government agency It emerged yesterday that the NSA and GCHQ have been using the "leaky" nature of some smartphone apps to collect data about individuals. Rovio suggests that the spy agencies may be gathering data from third-party ad networks without its consent. "If advertising networks are indeed targeted, it would appear that no internet-enabled device that visits ad-enabled web sites or uses ad-enabled applications is immune to such surveillance," the company comments.

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Rovio releases Angry Birds Go! racing game for iOS

12/11, 10:52am

App Store gets new Angry Birds racer

Rovio has released the latest addition to its Angry Birds series of Apps on iOS with Angry Birds Go! The new entry in the popular franchise is a Mario Kart-like downhill racer with the eponymous fowls facing off against each other, as well as their ever-present porcine nemeses. The entry also brings into play a number of physical toys that open up new items in the game's virtual world.

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Briefly: Evernote releases iOS update, Rovio account now live globally

07/19, 12:00pm

Evernote update intros Shortcuts

Evernote has pushed out an update for the iOS version of its popular note-taking app. Version 5.4 introduces Shortcuts, a rebranding of the Favorites feature from the iPhone, which gives users a method to quickly access important notes, notebooks and tags. These Shortcuts can be synced across all versions of Evernote, and can even be made for saved searches. Other changes include support for marking up images, PDFs and notes, the ability to see recently viewed notes along the bottom of any note, and a new Announcements section with the latest news from Evernote.

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Briefly: Angry Birds Star Wars II coming in Sept, Kontrol X1 MK2

07/15, 12:29pm

Angry Birds Star Wars II announced for September launch

Following last week's tease, Rovio has posted a full trailer for its upcoming Angry Birds Star Wars II iOS title. Set to launch worldwide on September 19, the new game expands upon the same physics-based gameplay through the addition of new birds and the option to choose which side of the force to fight for. In addition, the sequel will provide players with a new way to interact with the game thanks to a partnership with Hasbro.

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Angry Birds Star Wars now out on iOS, Mac and Android

11/08, 5:00am

Rovio's latest game already at number 1 on App Store

Rovio’s eagerly anticipated Angry Birds Star Wars is out now on iOS, Mac and Android. The game is available in a standard version for iPhone and iPod ($0.99, App Store), an HD version for iPad ($2.99, App Store), and for Mac ($4.99, Mac App Store. It is also available as an ad-supported version for Android (Free, Google Play) and as an HD premium version ($2.99, Google Play).

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Briefly: Case-Mate Vaja partnership, Angry Birds Space

08/23, 9:35pm

Case-Mate partners with Vaja for luxury cases

Case-Mate has announced a partnership with Vaja, Argentinian maker of handcrafted leather products. The electronics accessory maker will now be leading the worldwide marketing, sales, and distribution efforts for Vaja's products.

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Briefly: Camping apps, Rovio 1Bn downloads, Imajao app

05/09, 10:45pm

Active Network launches two campsite reservation apps

Outdoor enthusiasts will now be able to make reservations for campsites at national parks, forests and other recreational facilities through the release of two new apps for iOS. The ReserveAmerica camping app (free) lists nearby state campground sites, and provides information on sites, RV restrictions, tent and cabin use and other options.

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Angry Birds maker Rovio eyeing 2013 IPO

05/07, 8:15pm

Angry Birds creator may get $9 billion valuation

Rovio Entertainment, fresh off of announcing phenomenal sales for the latest installment of its Angry Birds series, is reportedly looking to go public. The Finnish video game developer is in the process of preparing for an initial public offering in 2013, Reuters reports. Analysts peg the value of the company at up to $9 billion.

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Angry Birds Space now available for Blackberry PlayBook

04/24, 1:15pm

App World gets bird-physics-slingshot simulator

The newest installation of Rovio's popular game series, Angry Birds Space ($3, BlackBerry App World) arrived for RIM's BlackBerry PlayBook tablet on Tuesday. Previously, the game was erroneously posted as available on April 10 of this year, though the link was quickly removed. Now, the zero-gravity bird slingshot game is available to all PlayBook owners except those in South Korea and Brazil.

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Rovio: no plans for Angry Birds Space on Windows Phone 7 [U]

03/23, 7:15am

Rovio says Angry Birds Space a no go for WP7

(Update: Rovio CEO denies it) A notable, and somewhat surprising, omission from yesterday’s global launch of Angry Birds Space across multiple platforms was a Windows Phone 7 version. In what may amount to a significant blow to the prestige and perceived value of the Windows Phone 7 platform, Angry Birds Space developer Rovio told Bloomberg that it has no plans at all for a WP7 version. This is despite its original version of Angry Birds remaining one of the top sellers on the WP7 Marketplace.

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Angry Birds Space live on iTunes App Store [U]

03/22, 4:50am

Angry Birds Space ready for download

[Update: live across platforms] The latest title in the hugely popular Angry Birds franchise, Angry Birds Space is now live on the iTunes App Store. The standard version ($0.99, iTunes) of the app will run on compatible iPhones, iPads and iPod touchs, while Rovio has also released an HD version ($2.99, iTunes) for the iPad only. Highlighting just how big Rovio have made it with its Angry Birds titles, the company teamed up with NASA to promote the launch of the new game.

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Briefly: iPads and Angry Birds go to space, mobileEcho 3.0

10/26, 1:15pm

mobileEcho 3.0 adds iPhone support

On October 30th the Progress M-13M, an unmanned resupply spacecraft, will start its trip to the International Space Station (ISS). Along with propellant, oxygen, water and crew equipment, the spacecraft will also be carrying two iPads. The iPads are being sent strictly as entertainment devices and will extend the ISS's line of iPods and iPhones already in use. In addition, a three-man craft will launch on November 13th carrying an Angry Birds plush toy as a zero-g indicator.

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Rovio may team with Starbucks for Angry Birds tourneys

09/20, 5:30pm

Gamemaker trying to widen appeal as preps for IPO

Game maker Rovio is looking create new nests for its “Angry Birds”. Bloomberg reports that the company is in talks with Starbucks and other retailers in order to to attract new customers and get existing players to venture out of their digital world and buy real-world goods, such as books, stuffed animals, and T-shirts. Rovio is diversifying beyond the virtual realm to make itself more attractive to investors in anticipation of a future IPO.

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Angry Birds arriving on Roku 2?

07/18, 8:00pm

Game appears in leaked video

Corroborating earlier reports, Roku may be preparing to launch the popular game Angry Birds for the company's upcoming line of second-generation set-top boxes. A YouTube video briefly showed Rokue 2 packaging with references to Angry Birds. The video was quickly pulled, likely at the request of the company, but it was later reposted by Engadget.

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Angry Birds Seasons adds 'Summer Pignic,' 30 new levels

06/22, 9:50pm

Release limits gamers to one level per day

Rovio has launched 30 new levels of summer-themed gameplay in Angry Birds Seasons for iPhone and Angry Birds Seasons HD for iPad today. The Seasons version of the popular game series, pitting flying birds with unique skills against evil, egg-stealing, green pigs with engineering talents for setting up a variety of bird-safe structures, periodically adds levels related to seasonal, holiday or cultural celebrations, including such additions as Go Green, Get Lucky (St. Patrick's), Trick or Treat, Easter Eggs, Hogs and Kisses (Valentine's Day), Season's Greetings and now Summer Pignic.

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Chrome store expands, takes 5% cut, gets Angry Birds on web

05/11, 3:00pm

Chrome Web Store expands to 41 lanuages, more

During the day two keynote at Google I/O 2011, the company revealed its Chrome Web Store has been launched to 160 million users of the browser and in 41 languages. There is good news for developers too, as Google will only take a five percent cut, with 95 percent of app revenues going to the developer's pocket. Those outside the current markets will only have access to free apps, at least initially, however.

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Windows Phone 7 gets Skype, Spotify, Angry Birds, Kik, Layar

04/13, 1:40pm

Windows Phone 7 gets Skype and Spotify

Microsoft during its MIX11 event caught up in app development in significant fashion with a handful of major Windows Phone 7 apps that will take advantage of its fall 2011 update, Mango. Skype was unveiled first and will take advantage of Mango's deeper access to hardware like the microphone. The app on demo didn't make any mention of video chat, though Mango so far doesn't have front camera support.

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Samsung Apps hits 100m downloads, eclipsed by Angry Birds

03/24, 12:10pm

Samsung App store gets 100m downloads

Samsung announced on Thursday that its Samsung Apps mobile and TV application store has seen 100 million downloads since the service launched in June. This milestone was reached in 10 months, and the store now offers more than 13,000 apps for the company's hardware offerings. In comparison, Angry Birds series reached the 100 million mark earlier this month, on the 14th, though the game is offered in many title and across multiple platforms, including Android, BlackBerry, iOS and more.

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