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Nokia taps former Rovio man Rantala to market relaunch

The relaunch of the Nokia mobile brand will include the man who once ran mobile games maker Rovio. HMD global Oy, owner of the Nokia brand rights, said that longtime executive Pekka Rantala will become chief marketing officer of the company, effective immediately. Most recently the chairman of Jot Automation, Rantala is best …
Shaun Nichols, 15 Aug 2016
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Angry Birds maker Rovio takes aim at staff, axes a third of them

Angry Birds maker Rovio has announced plans to lay off 260 employees. The Finnish mobile-games-developer-turned-entertainment-franchise said on Wednesday that roughly one third of its work force will be cut as it narrows its focus on its core games and media businesses. "This is personally a difficult decision," said Rovio …
Shaun Nichols, 26 Aug 2015
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Global productivity hole to open on 30 July as Angry Birds 2 debuts

The plucky indie games studio made good productivity-destroying and child-enslaving monsters at Rovio have announced that Angry Birds will fly again, the day after Windows 10 upgrades start to roll out around the world. Rovio's announced the second instalment of its clever re-invention of ballistics games will land on July …
Simon Sharwood, 17 Jul 2015
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Angry Birds to angry words: Rovio flings 14% of its staff out the door

Troubled Finnish gaming studio Rovio has sacked 110 staff, almost 14 per cent of its workforce, but is claiming success as it had planned to dump 130 people. "Rovio estimates that its workforce will be reduced by approximately 110 employees. As part of its reorganization, several positions have been opened for internal …
Iain Thomson, 5 Dec 2014
Tetris on all platforms? It must be true as there's even a version for BlackBerry 10 and Windows Phone

Coming to a theater near you: the TETRIS MOVIE

A US film studio has confirmed it is planning to make a movie based on the video game Tetris. Threshold Entertainment has been named as the developer for the feature length film, according to a Wall Street Journal report. The company said that the film would not actually be about arranging blocks to form lines, but rather …
Shaun Nichols, 1 Oct 2014
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Angry Birds CEO hops into slingshot, goes 'WEEEEE!'

The CEO of the company behind mobile gaming hit Angry Birds has announced his intention to leave the gaming firm. Rovio Entertainment said that Mikael Hed, long time business leader of the Finnish games firm that made flinging wildfowl a global craze, would be stepping down from the company on New Year's Day. His replacement …
Shaun Nichols, 29 Aug 2014
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Angry Birds developers downplay fresh data leak claims

The developers of Angry Birds have hit back at renewed allegations that the ultra-popular game leaks users' personal information. Security vendor FireEye put out a detailed critique of Angry Birds last week claiming that the smartphone game leaked data like a sieve. An early March update of Angry Birds, available through …
John Leyden, 1 Apr 2014
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Jolla announces Sailfish OS 1.0, says Android love-fest soon to come

Just a few months after the launch of its first handsets, Finnish smartphone startup Jolla has announced that Sailfish OS, the Linux-derived operating system that powers its devices, has reached version 1.0. What's more, the company says that Android users will soon be able to try out Sailfish OS on a wide range of devices. …
Neil McAllister, 21 Feb 2014
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Angry anti-NSA hackers pwn Angry Birds site after GCHQ data slurp

Anti-NSA hackers defaced ‪Rovio's official Angry Birds website ‬on Tuesday night as a reprisal against revelations that GCHQ and the NSA were feasting on data leaked from the popular smartphone game. Spying Birds: Angry Birds defaced by irritated hackers. Angrybirds.com became "Spying Birds" as a result of the defacement ( …
John Leyden, 29 Jan 2014
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Fancy a little kinky sex? GCHQ+NSA will know - thanks to Angry Birds

Some of the world's most popular smartphone applications are telling British and American intelligence agencies everything about you – from your location to your politics or whether you're part of the swinging set. That's according to classified documents leaked by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden. The dossier, published …
Iain Thomson, 27 Jan 2014
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US mobile app dominance threatened by ANGRY BIRDS revolution

The US is still a dominant force in mobile app development worldwide, but that could be changing, based on the latest data from app analytics outfit Flurry – and a certain Finnish firm could be leading the way for the rest of the world. US-based developers produced 36 per cent of all active mobile apps as of June 2013, …
Neil McAllister, 29 Aug 2013
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Angry Birds fire back: Vulture cousins menace UK city's mobiles

Vodafone engineers dispatched to fix a Southampton mobile mast found a nesting Peregrine falcon - a protected species which must be left alone until its eggs hatch - leaving local residents with limited mobile coverage. The BBC tells us the eggs can be expected to hatch in June, but until then the nest and the attending pair …
Bill Ray, 17 Apr 2013
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Aussie AI boffins let fly with Angry Birds automation code

Java code used in last year's Angry Birds artificial intelligence competition has been released into the wild. The Australian National University's Artificial Intelligence Group last year decided the game would be a fine way of testing just how brainy artificial intelligences have become, because as anyone who's played the …

AI boffins take on Angry Birds

Sydney, Australia, today hosted the first day of a competition to pit humans against artificial intelligence, with the two sources of reasoning competing in rampantly-popular game Angry Birds. The challenge was hosted by the Australian National University's Artificial Intelligence Group, where Associate Professor Jochen Renz …
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Angry Birds Star Wars game review

Rovio expanded its most popular franchise yet again today, transforming Angry Birds for sci-fi fans with a Star Wars theme. While the game is essentially Angry Birds Space with a dollop of Jedi and a mix of the previous games in the series, those yet to find themselves bored of flinging feathers will love it. Fans of George …
Caleb Cox, 8 Nov 2012
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Rovio sticks some Martian action into Angry Birds Space

For possibly no other reason than it hasn't had any other fantastic ideas lately, Rovio Entertainment has updated its Angry Birds Space app to include the Martian terrain. It's all about Mars over at NASA these days, what with the Curiosity finally tootling about the planet and the agency's Jet Propulsion Lab bagging some …
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Rovio chucks up Angry Birds successor, hopes it will fly

Rovio has launched its follow-up to mobile gaming phenomenon Angry Birds, but this time even Android users will have to cough up to play. The game is called Amazing Alex, and it will set you back 64 pence (99 cents) on iOS or Android, but it used to be called Casey's Contraptions when it was sold to Rovio by game devs Mystery …
Bill Ray, 12 Jul 2012
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Fake Angry Birds app makers fined £50k for shock cash suck

A firm that disguised Android malware as Angry Birds games has been fined £50,000 ($78,300) by UK premium-rate service regulator PhonepayPlus. A1 Agregator posted mobile apps posing as smash-hit games, including Cut the Rope, on Android marketplaces and other outlets. Rather than offer free entertainment, the software silently …
John Leyden, 24 May 2012

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