Games/Entertainment

Flappy Bird craze continues in HTML5 after pulling out of app stores

Flappy Bird, the popular mobile game created by Vietnamese developer Dong Nguyen, proliferated in app stores and even on the Internet in the form of HTML5 games after the original game was pulled from the Apple App Store and Google Play.

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US age verification startup AgeCheq picks up $1M in Series A round

Pennsylvania, US-based age verification startup AgeCheq picked up $1 million in a Series A funding round to ramp up its effort in helping app and game developers comply with federal requirements and standards.

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California's Oculus VR receives The Crunchie for being the Best Hardware Startup

Irvine, US-based startup Oculus VR took home the award for the Best Hardware Startup of the year during the 7th Annual Crunchies of TechCrunch for its breakthrough Oculus Rift VR headset.

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Google's Chromecast now supports YouTube videos

Google announced today that its media streaming dongle, Chromecast, now supports YouTube videos that are embedded on the page, eliminating the need to navigate to the YouTube site or mobile app in order to flick videos to the TV screen.

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New Mexico student startup ByteWare launches iPad gaming app

New Mexico, US-based app design and development startup ByteWare Apps launched Superflat, its first iPad gaming app, which is a supplement to the construction-based computer game Minecraft.

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Thailand's Asiasoft buys out Philippines online publisher IP E-Games' stake in Level-Up

Thailand-based online entertainment firm Asiasoft Corporation Public Company Ltd is buying out the entire 30% stake of Philippine-based online game publisher IP E-Game in Level-Up to gain a 70% controlling stake in the latter.

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Vietnamese developer removes top-ranked Flappy Bird from app stores

Hanoi, Vietnam-based game developer Don Nguyen of dotGears took down the top-ranking mobile game Flappy Bird from both iOS and Google Play app stores today, reportedly due to the various criticisms he had been receiving in connection with the game.

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Security researcher exposes Snapchat weakness that could crash phone

Security researcher Jamie Sanches has discovered and exposed a weakness within California-US-based photo messaging app Snapchat that could allow hackers to freeze and crash a user's phone.

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US-based startup Snippit pockets $500K in seed round to launch an app that adds music clip to photos

San Francisco, California-based startup Snippit pocketed $500,000 in an internal family seed round to launch an app that lets users add a music clip to photos.

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Former Citigroup CTO raises $1M for hardware startup Avegant on Kickstarter

Yobie Bejamin, the former Chief Technology Officer (CTO) of Citigroup, raised $1 million on via crowdfunding platform Kickstarter for hardware startup Avegant's new kind of headset called Glyph.

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US music streaming service Pandora to push native ads in connected cars

Oakland, California-based music streaming service Pandora is planning to push native advertising to connected vehicles in a bid to boost the company's total revenue, as announced during the company's Q4 earnings call.

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Amazon purchases Double Helix Games for undisclosed amount

Amazon has bought Double Helix Games, a gaming studio based in Irvine, California created from the merger of The Collective Inc and Shiny Entertainment. Terms of the deal were not disclosed, TechCrunch reported.

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San Francisco-based Apportable snags $5M from renowned investors

Renowned technology innovators invested $5 million to close the latest funding round of San Francisco-based mobile technology firm Apportable, bringing to $7.4 million total funds raised to date.

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YouTube founders' startup AVOS laying off majority of workforce -sources

San Mateo, California-based Internet startup AVOS Systems is laying off 80% of its workforce because of the lack of traction, according to sources familiar with the situation.

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Canadian games creator Big Viking to buy back Yoville from Zynga to avoid the game's early death

Toronto, Canada-based games creator Big Viking Games seeks to buy back Yoville from Zynga in a bid to avoid the game's early death, since the latter announced it would shut the game down on March.

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