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Path “Find Friends” blocked by Facebook for suspicious spam

Path “Find Friends” blocked by Facebook for suspicious spam

Facebook has blocked Path's access to its social graph due to Path's recent spam debacle. This will prevent Path from being able to access the social network's "Find Friends" feature, meaning the app won't be able to spam your contacts list with invites. However, users will still be able to login to Path via Facebook and they will still be able to share their content onto their walls.

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ESports and online gaming gain significant popularity in China

ESports and online gaming gain significant popularity in China

Online gaming and ESports is starting to gain some significant popularity in China, which is said to be potentially one of the biggest markets for pro gaming, online gaming, and mobile gaming. According to the research firm Niko Partners, the online games market in China will reach $11.9 billion this year in revenue, and it will continue to tack on $2 billion more each following year for the next 5 years.

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PSA: Call of Duty: Ghosts “beta invite” imposter websites on the prowl

PSA: Call of Duty: Ghosts “beta invite” imposter websites on the prowl

Activision has recently revealed the Call of Duty: Ghosts trailer, causing excitement to fans all around. However, that excitement may have its faults as many scammers are already looking to take advantage of naive gamers. Several fake websites have begun appearing on the internet posing as Call of Duty: Ghosts websites. These sites say they're offering free Beta keys and other goodies for your information.

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Spotify acquisition of Tunigo brings music discovery boost

Spotify acquisition of Tunigo brings music discovery boost

Spotify has recently acquired Tunigo, a music discovery app that creates themed playlists based on your mood. Spotify will transfer all of Tunigo's 20+ employees to its offices in both Stockholm and New York, where they will be focusing their efforts on Spotify's main service. Tunigo will still continue to run, however it's still unknown what Spotify plans on doing with it. It may integrate Tunigo's playlist feature into its service.

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Microsoft entices Windows Phone developers with more payout options

Microsoft entices Windows Phone developers with more payout options

Microsoft is continuing to try and entice developers to develop apps for its Windows Phone 8 platform, and this time around, they are bringing new features and statistics to better support their persuasion. It touts an increasing market share (albeit by only 2%) as one of its major selling points, as well as an increased number of first time smartphone buyers opting for the Windows Phone 8 platform (debatable).

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Eternal Darkness sequel to be crowdfunded, heads to PC and Wii U first

Eternal Darkness sequel to be crowdfunded, heads to PC and Wii U first

Eternal Darkness, a popular survival horror game released for the GameCube, will have a "spiritual successor" soon if finances are in order. Precursor Games will be developing the game and it plans on generating $1.5 million through crowdfunding in order to create Eternal Darkness's sequel. The game will be called Shadow of the Eternals, and it will initially be available for PC and Nintendo Wii U gamers.

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PayPal considers accepting BitCoin payments

PayPal considers accepting BitCoin payments

PayPal CEO John Donahoe is considering ways of implementing BitCoins into PayPal's digital transaction network. He says that he's watching Bitcoins very closely and expects that the virtual currency, or virtual currency in general, will be here to stay. In an interview with The Wall Street Journal, Donahoe stated that within 5 years, Bitcoins and other virtual currencies will be able to be converted into cash and be used in the real world.

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Syrian Electronic Army takes over E! Online’s Twitter Account

Syrian Electronic Army takes over E! Online’s Twitter Account

The Syrian Electronic Army strikes again, and this time, their target was both E! Online and Justin Bieber. In a series of tweets, the SEA stated that Justin Bieber was coming out of the closet and admitting to his homosexuality in an E! Online exclusive. The group provided links following those tweets, presumably to malware infested sites. The SEA finished up their practical joke with the tweet, "The Syrian Electronic Army was here! Fans of @justinbieber, you have been trolled."

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Graphene paint aims to solar-power future homes and electronics

Graphene paint aims to solar-power future homes and electronics

Scientists from the University of Manchester have discovered that by combining Graphene, a one-atom thick layer of graphite, with the transition metal dichalcogenides, a material that can react to light, they are able to create a product that can generate electricity from sunlight. They can form thin sheets of the product that can be placed on buildings to absorb sunlight and turn it into electricity.

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RuneScape 3 drops Java in favor of HTML5

RuneScape 3 drops Java in favor of HTML5

Jagex, the developers of the infamous web-browser MMORPG RuneScape, has decided that it's time to put Java away and welcome in HTML5. The game developer knew that in order for the next sequel of RuneScape, RuneScape 3, to be successful, it needed to transition into a new engine. It considered Adobe Flash, but Flash didn't enough power to run the game, and it thought of Microsoft Silverlight, but Silverlight is limited only to Internet Explorer.

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