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October 5, 2012, 5:20 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: SiliconBeat and GigaOM
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.
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 …
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.
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: The Register and TorrentFreakTweets: @findingnewo
Emil Protalinski / The Next Web:
Facebook confirms it is scanning your private messages for links to increase Like counters  —  Yesterday I spotted a video submitted to Hacker News by the Polish startup Killswitch.me that clearly showed sending a link in a Facebook private message increases the Like counter on the link's originating third-party website.
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) …
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 …
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″ …
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.
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 …
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.
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.
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.
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 …
Wall Street Journal:
China's Huawei Considers an IPO  —  Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei Technologies Co. has reached out to investment banks for advice on issuing stock to the public, people familiar with the outreach said, as the company considers ways to make itself more transparent and improve its odds …

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