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October 5, 2012, 4:23 AM

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Tricia Duryee / AllThingsD:
Zynga Lowering Full-Year Results Again; Recording Huge Negative for OMGPOP  —  Zynga is reporting preliminary third-quarter results today, but it won't do much to comfort investors who were already growing wary of the company's prospects.  —  The social games company says that the third quarter …
Cyrus Farivar / Ars Technica:
Zynga's financial troubles worsen, company falling faster than before  —  Among its issues, Zynga announces it overpaid for OMGPOP.  —  Zynga's big hits, like FarmVille, are not making the company as much as it once did.  —  plok  —  Weeks ahead of its official Q3 earnings report …
Alex Wilhelm / The Next Web:
Conflagration: Zynga's OMGPOP acquisition torched nearly $500,000 a day  —  Today Zynga announced in a statement on its coming earnings that it will be writing down a hefty chunk - just under half - of the price it paid for once hot OMGPOP, the development shop that created the explosively popular ‘Draw Something’ title.
More: GigaOM
Ann-Christine Diaz / AdAge:
Behind Facebook's Emotional Ad From Wieden & Kennedy  —  Portland Shop Named Agency of Record For Social Network  —  Today, Faceboook announced that it had reached its billion-user milestone, and to celebrate, it has launched a poetic film from its agency of record, Wieden & Kennedy in Portland, Ore.
Mark Zuckerberg / Facebook Newsroom:
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Microsoft to launch Surface at midnight on October 26th  —  Microsoft has started sending out invites to a special “Surface Reception” event on October 25th.  Alongside a Windows 8 introduction, the software giant will launch its highly anticipated tablet at midnight on October 26th — according to a company spokesperson.
Bloomberg:
Sprint Said to Eye MetroPCS Bid to Rival T-Mobile Offer  —  Sprint Nextel Corp. (S), the third- largest U.S. mobile-phone carrier, is in the early stages of evaluating whether it should make a counter offer for MetroPCS Communications Inc. (PCS) to top Deutsche Telekom AG (DTE) …
Tom Grossi / Fortune:
Does VC (fund size) matter?  —  Despite what you may have heard, big is beautiful.  —  Many smart venture capital observers have lamented the emergence of VC “megafunds,” like those managed by my firm New Enterprise Associates.  For example, the Kauffman Foundation recently issued a report claiming that …
Miyoung Kim / Reuters:
Samsung posts $7.3 billion third-qurter profit, this quarter will be tougher  —  (Reuters) - Samsung Electronics reported a record quarterly profit of $7.3 billion, nearly double last year's figure, as strong sales of high-end TVs and Galaxy smartphones more than offset reduced orders for chips …
David Fisher / New Zealand Herald:
Suspicion over Dotcom net glitch  —  Telecom engineers investigating internet irregularities weeks before GCSB has said it started spying on him.  —  Kim Dotcom's internet connection was being diverted inside New Zealand weeks before the Government Communications Security Bureau says it started spying on him.
More: TorrentFreak and The RegisterTweets: @findingnewo
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:
Mozilla's First Preview Release Of Firefox Metro Arrives On Windows 8  —  With the official launch of Windows 8 just around the corner, Mozilla today unveiled its first preview release of Firefox Metro.  The Metro version of Firefox, Mozilla says, was “designed from the ground up for Windows 8″ …
Mike Isaac / AllThingsD:
High-Profile Facebook Comms VP Joe Lockhart Departs  —  Joe Lockhart, Vice President of global communications at Facebook, has left the company, AllThingsD has learned.  —  His departure comes nearly 15 months after he first joined the company in July of last year, where he worked alongside of Marne Levine …
Jon Fingas / Engadget:
Interbrand: Apple, Amazon, Samsung fast becoming brand darlings, ousting crusty traditional labels  —  Interbrand likes to give the world's top companies a brand value, or a mix of their on-the-ground fiscal performance with an estimate of the premium they can ask through name alone.
Rachel King / ZDNet:
Intel unveils personal cloud platform for SMBs, consumers  —  Summary: Intel is diving into the personal cloud storage space with a new Atom-based platform targeted towards both consumers and small businesses.  —  Rachel King  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Intel is getting into the personal cloud storage game …
Ki Mae Heussner / GigaOM:
No more clipboards: ZocDoc lets patients check in online  —  Since launching in 2007, ZocDoc has been laser-focused on bringing its appointment booking engine to doctors and patients in cities across the country.  But with the Thursday rollout of its new patient Check-in product …
Melanie Abbott / BBC:
Worldwide raids on web drug sales  —  A worldwide crack-down on the sale of fake and unlicensed medicines on the internet has netted £6.5m of drugs.  —  UK drug officials took part in a series of co-ordinated raids with Interpol and agencies from more than 100 different countries over the past nine days.
Vivek Gowri / AnandTech:
Razer's Project Fiona Gaming Tablet Confirmed for Production  —  Razer garnered a lot of press at CES this year with their Fiona gaming tablet, a 10.1" Windows-based tablet packing a Core i7 processor and two joystick handles featuring dual analog sticks and a typical controller-style button layout.
Steven Musil / CNET:
Oracle appeals ruling in lawsuit over Google's use of Java  —  The database giant takes issue with the judge's decision in the case that the APIs used in Android are noncopyrightable.  —  Oracle announced today it plans to appeal the verdict in its long-running patent and copyright battle with Google over Java.
Barb Darrow / GigaOM:
Cisco buys VCider to boost its distributed cloud vision  —  Cisco is buying vCider, a specialist in virtual network overlay technology (and a former GigaOM Structure LaunchPad finalist).  The move is a response to VMware's acquisition of Nicira and its software-defined networking technology …

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