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Zynga forecasts holiday-quarter bookings below estimates

(Reuters) - "FarmVille" creator Zynga Inc forecast lower-than-expected bookings for the holiday season, as the company's much-awaited game "Dawn of Titans" is slated to launch late into the quarter.<p>Shares of the company fell 5 percent to $2.60 in light after-market trading on Wednesday.<p>The company …

Fitbit forecasts dismal holiday quarter, shares sink

(Reuters) - Wearable fitness device maker Fitbit Inc’s (FIT.N) revenue forecast for the key-holiday shopping quarter fell well below of analysts’ estimates, hurt by soft demand and production issues related to its new Flex 2 wristband.<p>Shares of the company, which also reported lower-than-expected …

IT

Fitbit selloff spreads to GoPro ahead of quarterly report

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Investors on edge about GoPro’s slumping sales ahead of its quarterly report on Thursday appeared even more anxious following fellow consumer gadget maker Fitbit’s dismal revenue forecast late the day before.<p>GoPro’s stock fell 5.02 percent ahead of its third-quarter report …

IT

'Egg Rock' Meteorite Discovered On Mars By Curiosity Rover

The space rock was located in a region where conditions once favored life.<p>Don’t be fooled by the dark object in the image above. It’s about the size of a golf ball, but appears bigger in the picture. It was discovered on the surface of the red planet Mars and photographed on Oct. 30 by NASA’s …

Rosetta space probe sends last photo before striking comet to complete its mission

Here's the last image from Europe's space probe Rosetta, taken 50m from the surface of 67P.<p>Rosetta's last image of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, …

NASA's Epic Album Previously Available Only To Aliens Finally Coming To Earth

In 1977 NASA launched two spacecraft, Voyager I and II, to explore the solar system. Because the craft could, in theory, travel indefinitely (due to the void of gravity in outer space), a team of scientists led by Carl Sagan created a musical time capsule of sorts in the event that an …

Johnny B. Goode

Pornographic film appears on billboard in Jakarta

<b>Motorists and residents in south Jakarta, Indonesia, were left in shock after a pornographic film appeared on a public billboard.</b><p>Footage of a couple in a sexual encounter was displayed on a large electronic screen located on a busy street close to the mayor's office.<p>The video ran for five minutes …

Asia

Cyber firm challenges Yahoo claim hack was state-sponsored

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A cyber security company on Wednesday asserted that the hack of 500 million account credentials from Yahoo was the work of an Eastern European criminal gang, adding another layer of intrigue to a murky investigation into the unprecedented data heist.<p>Arizona-based InfoArmor …

Microsoft making additional job cuts in phone business

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Microsoft says it is cutting 2,850 jobs, about 2.5 percent of its workforce, as it further scales back its troubled smartphone business.<p>A spokeswoman says the layoffs will mostly affect workers in the company's smartphone hardware operation and related sales teams. She declined …

SwiftKey app leaked users' email addresses and phone numbers to strangers

A British keyboard app that uses artificial intelligence to predict the next word you want to write has suspended part of its service after users reported receiving predictions meant for other people, including email addresses and phone numbers.<p>After installing SwiftKey on a new device, one user …

Self-Taught Artist Discovers Incredible Painting Skills While Taking Care of His Sick Dog

Derbyshire-based painter Darren Reid creates stunning, photorealistic landscapes of serene seascapes, expansive landscapes, and bustling cityscapes. Each work, when looked at closely enough, reveals a layer of acrylic detail that heightens the painting to a hyperrealistic level. A road is not just …

Art

Meet Mosha, The First Elephant to Receive a Prosthetic Leg

What a champ.<p>Another reason to love technology is that it can be used to help animals that have missing limbs become mobile again. That was just what …

Dutch woman arrested in Qatar after making rape claim

<b>A Dutch woman is being detained in Qatar on suspicion of adultery after she told police she had been raped.</b><p>The 22-year-old, who was on holiday, was drugged in a Doha hotel and woke up in an unfamiliar flat, where she realised she had been raped, her lawyer says.<p>She was arrested in March on …

Crime

Ziff Davis memo details its plans for Gawker post-acquisition

Gawker today filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. Shortly after, publisher Ziff Davis — owner of Web-based properties like AskMen, IGN and PC Mag — put in a binding offer of approximately $100 million to purchase its assets. These assets include Gawker, Lifehacker, Kotaku, Gizmodo, Jalopnik, …

Media Industry

Exclusive: Snowden tried to tell NSA about surveillance concerns, documents reveal

‘The lawyer who responded to Snowden’s inquiry considered calling him, because the inquiry was out of the ordinary.’<p>‘I can’t give you 100% assurance there isn’t any correspondence that may have been overlooked.’<p>How the NSA applied its narrow definition of ‘raising concerns’ to the emails it …

Surveillance

SWIFT CEO fights to restore faith in bank messaging system

LONDON (Reuters) - The chief executive of secure messaging system SWIFT said the theft of $81 million from Bangladesh’s central bank, by criminals sending fraudulent payment instructions via SWIFT, would force the organization to shrink and review its strategy.<p>Gottfried Leibbrandt told Reuters he …

Digital Forensics

Data watchdog rejects EU-US Privacy Shield pact

<b>The European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) has said a data transfer pact between the EU and US needs "significant improvements".</b><p>The EU-US Privacy Shield agreement was supposed to safeguard EU citizens' personal information when stored in the US.<p>The agreement was designed to replace the Safe …

Privacy

'We don't want a police state': Edward Snowden slams Australian metadata laws

Whistleblower Edward Snowden has taken aim at Australia's metadata retention laws, which he claims violate the personal freedoms of all …

Hackers Stole 65 Million Passwords From Tumblr, New Analysis Reveals

Two weeks after Tumblr disclosed a 2013 data breach, we finally know how big it was.<p>On May 12, Tumblr revealed that it had just found out about a 2013 data breach affecting "a set" of users' email addresses and passwords, but the company refused to reveal how many users were affected.<p>As it turns …

Security

Zuckerberg Is Dictator of The World's Largest Nation, Pirate Bay Founder Says

Facebook has grown so dominant that it is one of the world’s largest nations, and co-founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg is effectively the dictator of …

Facebook

Telstra CTO departs as reports claim CV fraud

Telstra refuses to comment on reports that Telstra CTO Vish Nandlall was fired for falsifying his CV, but has confirmed his departure from the …

Yahoo could be bought for as low as $2B

Reports suggest that the once-darling of the dot-com set could be snapped up for $2 billion to $3 billion, far below previous valuations.<p>It's no secret that Yahoo has been on the hunt for a buyer for some time now. Companies and individuals as diverse as the UK's Daily Mail and US billionaire …

Police commissioner demands inquiry into Manchester United fake bomb 'fiasco'

LONDON (Reuters) - Manchester’s police commissioner demanded an inquiry into the “fiasco” of a fake bomb left behind from a training exercise at Old Trafford that forced the abandonment on Sunday of a Premier League soccer match.<p>His call came as the head of the training company involved admitted …

AFC Bournemouth

Google reportedly faces record fine for abusing search monopoly in Europe

Google may soon be hit with a record fine by the European Commission, as it seeks to punish Google and discourage other tech giants from taking advantage of their dominant market position. <i>The Telegraph</i> reports that the commission is currently planning to issue a 3 billion euro fine (about $3.39 …

Google plans to start blocking Flash in Chrome this year

Flash's death has been slow and painful, and now Google is planning to deal it another blow. Google has detailed plans to start blocking most Flash content with Chrome, with the change targeted toward the end of this year.<p>Under its current vision, nearly every website would have Flash content …

Americans cutting back on online activity over security and privacy fears

Data from US government makes for sober readingNearly half of all Americans have not carried out a normal online task because of security and privacy …

Privacy

Google Employee Data Exposed by Third-Party Vendor

<b>The details of an unspecified number of Google employees were exposed recently by one of the search giant’s third-party vendors.</b><p>A letter submitted by …

Security

Chinese Elites' Personal Data Leaked on Twitter

The purported personal details of numerous Chinese business moguls and politically connected elite have been posted to an anonymous Twitter account, …

EU member states agree on roaming for Netflix and other subscription services

<i>BRUSSELS (Reuters)</i> — Consumers will be able to access their online subscriptions for services like Netflix, Sky and Canal+ when they travel across the European Union under proposals tentatively agreed by member states on Friday.<p>The law was presented by the EU executive, the European Commission …

North Africa

Twitter bug lets verified accounts fake-verify other users

Being verified on Twitter means people seem to pay more attention to you, even if you spend your day writing in your pajamas. But sometimes the ivory tower of fame can be lonely.<p>Good news for verified users: a Twitter for iOS bug makes it look like you have the power to verify anyone you want. All …

iOS