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'Clash of Clans' Developer Supercell Reports $829 Million In Revenue And A Desire To Support The Finnish Community

'Clash of Clans' Developer Supercell Reports $829 Million In Revenue And A Desire To Support The Finnish Community | Current Events | Scoop.it
Finnish mobile game developer Supercell has reported revenue of $892 million for 2013, a significant gain on 2012's revenue of $101 million. With just two games released ('Clash of Clans' and 'Hay Day'), Supercell has seemingly cracked the winning formula in the mobile space.
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I find it somewhat ironic how everybody seems very infatuated with the supposed mass money that the game 'Flappy Bird'  was bringing in on a daily basis. What people seem to have paid no attention to is that Clash of Clans has made over 60x that amount of money, in one day. Not mentioned in this article is that Supercell was recently the victim of a hacker from The Syrian Electronic Army, a group growing in popularity recently. The hacker leaked images of private Supercell web pages that appear to show a 5.15 million dollar revenue on a single day. That is a ton! I also found it interesting in this article how much the company is paying in taxes to Finland. They are paying over $300,000,000 which is an astounding amount. Forbes is a rather reliable source. Not to mention many other companies have reported on this topic reaching the same conclusions which leads me to believe they are genuine.   

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1 dead, 7 injured after US gas leak explodes - USA TODAY

1 dead, 7 injured after US gas leak explodes - USA TODAY | Current Events | Scoop.it
The State 1 dead, 7 injured after US gas leak explodes USA TODAY EWING, New Jersey (AP) — A gas leak and explosion in a New Jersey neighborhood killed one resident and injured seven workers Tuesday while destroying one home and damaging dozens of...
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That is a scary thought. To just be sitting in your house one day, a place you consider yourself to be safe, and all of a sudden the wall begin to shake. Or worse, your house is caught in the explosion. It is kind of scary to know that in an instant your life could change in such a dramatic way. I wonder if anybody will be held responsible for the explosion. Possibly the person who damaged it or even the gas company if they had put off repairing it for some time. As the article said, the works were repairing the line at the time of explosion. I find it odd that they were only injured but a resident was killed. I wonder how that happened. USA Today, my source, is about as reliable as a news site can be. It is a well known mass media outlet with a good reputation. I'd say their material is overall reliable and can be trusted. Especially when it comes to things of this nature that don't really effect their personal agenda.

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More Damage Uncovered in Las Vegas Sands Hack - Fox Business

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More Damage Uncovered in Las Vegas Sands Hack
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The images also showed the hack compromised some employee data, including Social Security numbers and email addresses.
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Just another example that reinforces the topic of my research essay. Nothing  in secure or private. Even an extremely large company such as Sands can be compromised. Whether the hack was for the hackers gain or just an act of political activism against WMDs is unclear but does it really matter? I must commend the company though for their response. Providing those free services for employees is very good of them and shows that they are trying to make it right which I respect. This is just another notch in the belt of recent high profile hacks, including the recent Target one. I'm sure there will be more to come. My source is Fox new's business section. While I believe they are a credible source and their information can be trusted I also believe it likely has some bias. They have always had their political agenda and I'm sure this coverage and story is no different. Especially with the mention of Israel and nuking the Iranian desert.

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Russia Blocks Yogurt Bound for U.S. Athletes

Russia Blocks Yogurt Bound for U.S. Athletes | Current Events | Scoop.it
The Russian government has kept from the United States Olympic team a shipment of Chobani yogurt, a booming business in upstate New York.
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I chose this article because, honestly, it made me laugh. There has been tons of tension with the upcoming Olympic games and this is just the cherry on top. More than likely it is lots of feelings retained from other conflicts coming out through this yogurt conflict but I still find this hilarious either way. I hope our athletes can survive without it! This article comes from The New York Times, meaning I would guess it is fairly reliable. That said, it may of course have a biased view leaning towards America, seeing as it is an American paper. 

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Higher Education in Science and Technology is Critical for Africa's Development - World Bank Group

Higher Education in Science and Technology is Critical for Africa's Development World Bank Group A high-level Africa forum on Higher Education for Science, Technology and Innovation co-hosted by the Government of Rwanda and the World Bank opens in...
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I found this article interesting for a couple of reasons. First of all, Africa is definitely in need of more engineers and such so they can further develop. But as well, so does America. It is no secret that we have fallen behind many other countries in terms of math and science. Of course, Africa has a bit more developing to do than America but the need for math and science is present in both situations. I believe that for further development in any country, not just Africa or the USA, science and math are vital. With much of future developments being technology related and in fields that mainly draw off of those two subjects they are of great importance to our future. In terms of sources, I have never heard of The World Bank. After I did a little more research, on Google, I believe they are a credible source. They are relatively know and seem as though they can be trusted. 

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3-D Printing Technology Can Make Undetectable Guns - CBS Local

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3-D Printing Technology Can Make Undetectable Guns
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Denver (CBS4) – There's no background check and no waiting in line, just a few clicks of the mouse and you're off to target practice.
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I found this article extremely interesting mainly because of the possibly implications of these guns. Being able to sneak a plastic gun on to an airplane or in to a crowded place could prove to be very deadly. I remember watching a Vice documentary on this early last year when the ideas of this were just being developed. It is scary to see how far it has come since then and especially to think about how much father it could go. Printing guns is just the beginning, think of what else could possibly be printed in the future. Really it is limitless. While I think that it can also have an extremely positive effect, such as printing low cost clothes or even food (yes it is being researched) this is the dark and negative side of that. I'm very interested to see what security measures are taken in an effort to stop these from being where they don't belong. I definitely think we will be seeing more on this topic in the near future, hopefully not after somebody has been injured by it. As for the source, CBS is a rather reliable source. Not to mention it is common knowledge that can be found in many other places as well. So I would vouch that the information is mostly reliable.

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How to Hack Facebook Passwords | Hack Facebook Accounts [Working]{Update Weekly}

Download Unlock Facebook Password Here : http://bit.ly/1dCvxOW Power of Unlock Facebook password is breaking records around the world, this is the best Faceb...
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I find videos like this to be very funny. First off, of course this program the video is "advertising" does not actually work. The internet is loaded with tons of videos like these... Fake programs and tools that just magically hack people's account and such. The real humor though is that most of those programs have some sort of malicious software in them that is meant to hack the person who downloads and tries to use it. A word of advice: If it seems to easy or good to be true, it probably is. That most certainly applies to things of this nature. My source... whoever made this video, is obviously not very reliable or trustworthy. 

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Target Reveals Source of Massive Card Hack - ABC News (blog)

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Target Reveals Source of Massive Card Hack
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Target, which was hit hard by a recent data breach, says investigators have found that hackers stole credentials from a vendor to access the retailer's systems.
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About time after they sat on the information in the first place.  Just another example of how insecure it all actually is.

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