Microsoft Cancels Fable Legends and Closes Lionhead Studios

Microsoft will shutter its UK game development unit Lionhead Studios, canceling its Xbox One game Fable Legends, it said today. Lionhead, founded by developer Peter Molyneux in 1996, created the simulation game Black & White and the Xbox RPG Fable. Microsoft acquired the company in 2006, and from then on …

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Lyft in Messenger Is One More Reason Never to Leave Facebook

Facebook Facebook has big news for sports fans—and potentially bad news for ESPN and Twitter. Late Wednesday night, the social networking giant announced the launch of Facebook Sports Stadium, a new hub on Facebook that will aggregate all the Facebook buzz about live sporting events in one place. Fans can …

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Verizon’s “Zombie Cookies” Will Finally Be Easier to Kill

Google’s “do no evil” motto is being challenged this week in a complaint charging the company with secretly collecting and storing data on school children through its Chromebook and Apps for Education program. The complaint, filed by the Electronic Frontier Foundation with the FTC, accuses Google of unfair and deceptive …

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Ad Industry Group Tells Sites How Best to Block the Blockers

Getty Images After a tumultuous year, Gawker Media—known for its gossip, commentary, and sharp takes on the news of the day—is refocusing and reorganizing for 2016. In two internal memos released today, Gawker founder Nick Denton and executive editor John Cook revealed plans to sharpen the focus of the site’s seven …

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The White House Wants You to Build Tools to Improve Our Cities

Getty Images A whole lot of valuable information is trapped in the antiquated databases and inaccessible filing systems of local governments across the country. Now, the Obama administration is hoping to unlock that treasure chest with the launch of The Opportunity Project, a new open data project spearheaded by the …

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Microsoft Will Bring Its SQL Database Software to Linux

Getty Images Google often gives its software away for free. It has long believed in open source software. But last week, the company took this idea to the next level. It gave away all rights to Kubernetes, a cloud computing system originally designed by Google engineers, asking a non-profit to …

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Pay up or your computer gets it! Ransomware sneaks on to Macs

It’s not exactly a pleasant experience dealing with any sort of malware on your computer, but ransomware — which encrypts users’ files and essentially holds them hostage for payment — ratchets up the malevolence to a whole new level. While until now Windows users have been the primary targets of …

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