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UK ad authority to EA Games: Dungeon Keeper ad lied

UK ad authority to EA Games: Dungeon Keeper ad lied

The freemium business model takes yet another blow, this time across the pond in the UK. The country's self-policing ad standards body came out with a verdict that finds EA Games guilty of using misleading advertisements in trying to sell its now controversial Dungeon Keeper mobile game. Fortunately for EA, they might not have to pay any price.

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SwiftKey goes free on Android

SwiftKey goes free on Android

One of the most popular third party keyboards on Android has just shed its price tag. In announcing a major update with new features, SwiftKey has also dropped the bombshell that it will now be available free of charge, but will still hold on to in-app purchases via a new add-on store.

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Angry Birds for iOS now available for free

Angry Birds for iOS now available for free

After the game's initial release in December of 2009, the original Angry Birds game for iOS is now completely free to download. Both the iPhone and iPad versions are available to download at no cost. Previously the game was priced at $0.99 for the iPhone/iPod Touch version and $2.99 for the "HD" variant.

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App.net goes freemium, is still invite-only

App.net goes freemium, is still invite-only

App.net, the new social media service that looks to take on Twitter in a new and interesting way, is now a freemium service. Initially, it launched as a paid-only service after the project was successfully funded, but the company announced today that its introducing a free tier for those who don't want to pay up a monthly fee. However, those who want to become free members will still have to wait for an invite.

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Call of Duty Online enters alpha testing in China

Call of Duty Online enters alpha testing in China

The success of Call of Duty in the west is unquestionable, but over in the east it's a bit of a different story. That's particularly true in China, where the games industry is dominated by freemium-type games. Activision, never wanting to let an opportunity go to waste, has changed up the Call of Duty we know and love a bit to make it appeal more to Chinese gamers with today's release of Call of Duty Online.

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Heroes of Newerth announces security breach

Heroes of Newerth announces security breach

Online games can be a ton of fun (provided you're playing with the right people), but unfortunately their popularity makes them frequent targets of hackers. Heroes of Newerth, a MOBA game that's pretty popular despite the stiff competition from the likes of League of Legends, is apparently the latest online game to fall victim to a security breach. The game's developers announced the breach early this morning on the Heroes of Newerth forums.

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